In my search for a new “go to” razor blade I have previously tried Crystal and Astra blades. This time I look at Dorco. Dorco is a South Korean company that has recently made a play in the razor and blade game by supplying products both under their own name and as an “original equipment manufacturer” (OEM) for companies like Dollar Shave Club.
Some Dorco documentation states that they are made in South Korea, while others say Vietnam. The ST300 DE blades I have say they were made in Vietnam, so either there are multiple factories or they moved production.
As I have done previously, the blades were examined in a scanning electron microscope (SEM). Here’s a blade unused (blade edge near the top of the picture):
And here is a used Dorco:
The blades seem to have held up quite well.
I used a Dorco blade in four different razors (vs. my usual three): in addition to using one in a Merkur Progress, a Merkur HD, and a Parker 92R I also used them when I tried the “Micro Touch One” DE (probably made by Weishi) because that’s what came with the razor.
I found the Dorco/MT1 combination pretty good–gentle, non-irritating, and graceful in its degradation. The shave with the Parker 92R was perhaps even a bit better–smooth, consistent, and close without being harsh. However the blade seemed to dull a little more quickly with the Parker, compared to the MT1 (or perhaps it seemed that way because the MT1 is so mild).
On the other hand I did not get as good of a shave with a Dorco in a Merkur Progress adjustable! At mild settings it was acceptable but not very efficient or comfortable. At higher settings the greater blade exposure gave me a closer shave but also bunch of little nicks.
Shaves using a Merkur HD were good: comfortable but perhaps not as close as I would prefer, requiring me to do more clean-up “touch & cuts” than my usual. But entirely acceptable over-all.
Thanks to John at West Coast Shaving for his help with this series of posts.