The Phoenix DOC Safety Razor - New NICKEL Plated!
NOTE: This is a listing for our NEW Nickel Plated DOC, not The Satin.
Nothing can prepare you for The Phoenix DOC Razor!
Meet Our Latest Version of The DOC, Nickel Plated! Same shape, make and model of our famous Phoenix Chrome DOC but now with a Brilliant Nickel finish!
Looks agressive, no? Looks can be deceiving.
Ready yourself for a smooth, BBS shave gents. The head cap on The Phoenix starts where every other OC stops and with good reason. The OC reservoirs on the head catches excess lather and water keeping the razor constantly lubricated during the shave. This action also makes this razor, I believe, the worlds best buffing razor! If you are a fan of our classic Symmetry and Name Taker knurling you are going to love the grip on this handle as well, especially you shower shavers!
Being a collector of vintage razors I have seen a lot of oddities from yesteryear, some great concepts and designs that never really "blew up". I blame this mostly on Gillette's aggressive marketing back in the day. If they couldn't buy out a small razor company, they would bury it. And that's what we have here...
The Phoenix Dbl OC is based on the classic Self Lubricating Grand Razor, a masterpiece in both design and concept! It is one of my favorite razors of all time, and again, I don't think it was ever fully evolved or explored after it disappeared into wet shaving history...until now!
I took the basic design tweaked it and made some slight alterations, removed the dip in the center of the head cap, added a tad more weight to the handle for consistent fulcrum, and hit it with our special brand of knurling. *Also unlike it's GRANDfather, this razor head will fit on a number of standard handles[see update below]! A perfect razor for the collector and a perfect razor for your daily driver!
I am very proud of this one and could not be happier in my effort to bring this baby back to the future!
FIND DE Blades HERE!
*There actually were a few models of Grand Razors that do fit standard handles, mea culpa.
Classic 3 Piece Design
Blades Not Included
Handle Weight: 36 grams
Nickel Plated Brass
Head: Nickel Plated Zinc Alloy
" A revolutionary razor. You have bridged the gap between double-edge and straight razor shaving…the ease and safety of double edges with the closeness and precision of a straight. The razor made my beard ‘feel’ tougher, but I immediately knew during my first shave with it that meant that I was FINALLY getting down all the way and surprisingly, with no nicks or even razor burn… the alum was cool-as-ice afterwards. I hope you weren’t counting on me sending this back…it’s staying right here and will become my daily shaver. Now all I need to figure out is what to do with all of the stainless steel…any idea as to scrap prices ?"
~Damon Stathatos, Old Town Shaving
"At last! I've been shaving with the Phoenix for several months now and can finally give my assessment...
I am not a fan of aggressive razors. Luckily--despite the fact that upward of 50% of the blade is exposed through this double-open-comb design--THIS IS NOT AN AGGRESSIVE RAZOR.
When it arrived in the mail, my first thought was, "Uh oh. Here goes another one of Doug's famous super-aggressive shaves." I had tried the Symmetry Open Comb and it is WAY beyond my comfort level for aggressiveness. This razor does not shave like the Symmetry OC. In fact, this razor does not shave like any other DE razor I have ever shaved with!
The best way I can describe it is that it sucks the hair right out from under the lather, leaving the lather practically untouched! Refer to the attached photo of my neck. See all those rows of lather? That's what is left behind when you take a stroke with this razor. The effect is you can pretty much do two complete facial passes with a single lather. This spells bad news for all youz guys with massive soap collections. You ain't NEVER gonna get through all that soap while using this razor. If soap were gasoline (and if you've got a CtW puck, your soap actually IS gasoline!), this razor would be a Prius. This razor's gas mileage is so good in fact, Doug may have just put his soap-making out of business!
One thing I have found out is that angle on this razor is SUPER important, more so than any other DE razor I've used. I've found that a pretty steep angle will keep that blade positioned to mow down stubble with wonderful smoothness. Flatten out the angle and essentially I'm just raking my face with the OC base plate (not comfortable or effective). In other words, keep that angle steep and you will prosper with this razor.
Summary: the Phoenix razor is totally unique in my DE experience and is a total winner. And, as always, Doug is charging far too little for this gem."
~Ryan Steven Green, Moustache & Blade Podcast
"This is a very interesting razor, I'll elaborate more below.
For those that are not aware, this razor is based on the Grand Shave King Self Lubricating Razor. We rarely see them in shave of the day pictures as they are quite rare.
This razor has a retail price of under $35, which puts it in the same price range of the Parker 26c, Merkur 41R (1904 Open Comb), and the Merkur 15c Open Comb.
Fit and finish is really top notch, way better than any Merkur that I have owned, and on par with the Parker 26c, which I've stated has as good plating as Edwin Jagger and Mühle.
It is about the same size as the Merkur 11C HD, slight longer than the 1904, but with a much gripper handle.
On initial inspection the geometry of the head looks very similar to the 1904 except the top cap features an open comb design. Once you load the blade you can can visibly see it thanks to that open comb top cap. That alone gives it a "cool" factor.
I took Douglas' advice and did two passes and buffed. I'll admit that I stopped buffing long ago when I stopped chasing BBS, I really was not looking forward to buffing, but figured why not, I'll try it.
How can I say this....I had fun. Really, I had fun shaving, it has been a long time since I've had fun shaving as the thrill of the hobby that you have as a n00b has been gone for years. But this was really a fun shave.
I was going to swap out the handle with my UFO or one of the Matador Stainless Steel handles, as I like very heavy razors, but I'm really glad that I didn't. The handle weight is perfect for what this razor is designed to do, give you an easy shave.
The razor easily zips around your face and sings to you while doing it! Audio feedback is about the same you hear from the iKon slant, less than what you hear from some of the SE's.
So overall all I give this a thumbs up and have moved it into my rotation razor rack. Very nice work by Douglas on bringing this to market.
So is this razor for you? I cannot answer that. If you like the R41 as a daily driver, I'd probably say no. If you like Techs to EJ's, I'd say yes. If you are expecting the quality of a Mongoose or Above The Tie, I'd say get real, this a a $35 razor. If you find the quality of Edwin Jagger or Mühle acceptable, then you'll have no problem with the quality on this.
While this looks like it would be crazy aggressive, it's a lamb in wolves clothing. Although it's mild thanks to the effectiveness of this razor it provides an über close shave."
Then along came the Phoenix DOC; it changed all that. I use it daily ATG with no soreness or weepers. It's mild/non-aggressive in it's locked-down (handle screwed firmly to head) state.
Now the slightly techie bit; if I back off the handle by say, 30 degrees (5 before 12 on a clock-face)...it increases the aggressiveness. The curvature of the blade acts as a spring to keep everything snug and tight. In effect, it becomes an adjustable razor. Backing off 30 degrees on the M5 x 0.8mm thread on the handle will increase the blade's exposure by (30/360) x 0.8mm = 0.066mm, so 60 degrees will be 0.132mm and so on. Note; it won't be exactly 0.066mm because of the curvature of the blade. My daily regimen is to shave WTG & XTG in the tight, locked-down handle mode, then finish off ATG with the handle loosened 5 or 10 mins on my imaginary clock-face (30 or 60 degrees), or somewhere between in order to get a true BBS (Baby Butt Smooth) shave...every time, without razor burn or weepers. I sometimes 'buff' the odd tough patch too, something I could never do until Phoenix DOC came along.
I really really enjoy and look forward to shaving again...thank you and well done Phoenix.
And don't be put off by the ZAMAC (zinc-alloy) nay sayers, it'll outlast many of us...original ZAMAC razors are still going strong after well over 30yrs.
(Health and Safety...I've found that the spingy-ness of the blade keeps the head to handle secure and tight even when backed-off 30mins (180 degrees on my imaginary clock-face), although I haven't found it necessary to actually shave with it beyond somewhere between 5 and 10mins before the hour. If you do decide to give the adjustability a go, proceed with caution; experiment with what suits you. I stress that I haven't adjusted it beyond the 10min mark..it's unknown, and unnecessary for me, territory and the curvature of the blade as tension relaxes will almost inevitably render the adjustment increments as non-linear; so a small adjustment on a small existing gap won't be the same as a small adjustment for a larger gap) Keep snug, keep safe.
My daily razor for the past 9 months has been the Feather AS-D2 with Feather or Kai blades. I have no intention of ever getting rid of that razor but wanted another one to alternate. I like mild razors that are also efficient, which is exactly what the DOC is, much like the AS-D2. There will be a small learning curve to get used to the angle but it's very similar to the AS-D2 so the first shave went very smooth. I think I have the angle down but the short handle is what I have to get used to when going under my chin and down my neck. I can't believe how mild this razor is with a Feather blade. I ran through three passes without a single cut, going over some areas multiple times. Overall impression after one shave is it's a keeper and one I will rotate regularly with the AS-D2.
Keep up the great work Douglas and Fran!
The first two shaves didn't go well, the comb was digging in and it was almost impossible to find the right blade angle. So I contacted PAA they suggested I snug the handle down and not tighten it super tight. I am a mechanic by trade so I tend to be a tad heavy handed. So the next shave I backed off the handle, gave it a light snug and BAM the razor was amazing!!! Zero irritation and a BBS shave with canned Barbasol. Can't wait to try it with the good stuff! I wanted to compare the razor to my 34c, but I just can't bring myself to use it.
So thanks for making an awesome razor that has my old go-to collecting dust!!