Much to my surprise, the Dorco Platinum ST-301 have none of the stupid and are quickly becoming one of my favorite blades!
The 301s come in little plastic boxes with 10 blades per box, double the # of blades per box as most of the other blades that I have tried. The plastic boxes have a slot on the back for used blades. So, combination of more blades per box & the disposal problem solved all in one.
Beyond that, the blades are individually wrapped in a much thinner than normal waxed paper (while remaining sealed). Better yet, there is no glue. Even the Wilkinson Sword, an otherwise excellent blade, had glue spots on the blade!
Of course… the shave… how is the shave?
When I switched to this blade, I inadvertently set it up for failure. First, I was coming off a week of the Bic blade, which had left my skin quite thoroughly irritated. I hadn’t shaved in slightly longer than normal and we were having one of those extremely rushed mornings. Worse, I had run out of prep oil and, thus, neither oiled my face or used a hot towel. I followed this with a turbo-shave; a super-fast two pass shave with only a little bit of time ensuring that the difficult bits were clean shaven.
A recipe for an epically bad shave.
However, the Dorco not only performed well, the blade provided one of the best shaves I’ve had! Beyond yielding an amazingly smooth result, there were no nicks and no skin irritation whatsoever!
The Dorco seems to somehow have all the sharpness of the Feather, but is a very forgiving blade. After a few days, it is still delivering a very high quality shave and I have yet to nick myself — something every other blade has done after a few days. This isn’t just an experience issue; somehow, the Dorco doesn’t draw blood on the handful of perpetual problem spots on my face that every other blade has tripped over.
Between the high quality shave and the excellent and efficient packaging, the Dorcos are quickly becoming my favorite blade. Better yet, they appear to be pretty damned cheap — 100 blades for about $9!