The Arko Challenge

Discussion in 'Shave Soaps' started by Bama Samurai, Apr 1, 2017.

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On Arko: Love, hate or indifferent?

Poll closed Jul 30, 2017.
  1. Arko? Yo! Absolute Love!

    43 vote(s)
    59.7%
  2. Pretty much hate it. Urinal cakes, blah, blah, blah...

    3 vote(s)
    4.2%
  3. Meh, it doesn't move me.

    6 vote(s)
    8.3%
  4. What is the deal with Samurai and trolling us with cheap soap threads? ;-)

    7 vote(s)
    9.7%
  5. I've not yet tried the Turkish gift to shavers worldwide.

    11 vote(s)
    15.3%
  6. I am ordering a case as soon as I finish typing.

    2 vote(s)
    2.8%
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  1. Bama Samurai

    Bama Samurai with Laser-like Focus Staff Member

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    This thread is linked in the PIF forum on the marketplace. It's really an experiment, but a stick is up for grabs.

    Closed to new entries 17:22 MDT 7 April 2017

    Greetings Denizens,

    After the "Derby Challenge", Weishi advocacy, Veg evangelism, and the Barbasol Brotherhood...there is only one place left to go:

    The Arko Challenge

    One stick, starting 31 March 2017...using it everyday until it is gone.

    How long will it last?

    Post your guesses, and if you'd like to extol the virtues of the finest Shave Stick on earth, I always have time for that. If you'd like express why Arko doesn't work for you, I'd love to hear your experiences as well. If you just wanna tell me it smells like a urinal cake, I'll write that I am unfamiliar; and I will tell you you've probably made some questionable inhalation decisions in the past. Best guess (closest to day I declare the stick done) wins the admiration of the people forever, eternal honor, and a stick of Arko. In the event of a tie, winner to be determined in a totally arbitrary and capricious manner that might be completely devoid of fairness; or everyone tied for the win may get a stick. Who knows? Like I wrote, I am leaving room for arbitrary and capricious, but here we go...

    How to play:

    1) Post the singular word you associate most with Arko.
    2) Pat yourself on the back. Good job!
    3) Post your projected day that the stick will run out and be declared done. (Example: Day 4)
    4) Come April 7, no more guesses will be counted.

    Sample entry:

    Awesome
    Day Two

    Good luck!

    Edited to add: Two pass, face lathered as a stick, synthetic brush, cold water methodology.



    Let the Arko Challenge commence.

    Day 1 - 31 March, freshly unwrapped Arko for two passes, shavette style, DFS.

    Since it's the Internet....

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    Guesses:
    @NCoxSTL 86
    @DentonMajik 90
    @SharptoothC 92
    @trey06dmd 46 He Loves his Arko
    @Keithmax 52 He used Arko today!
    @Pilotcld 81
    @jimjo1031 88
    @Matt0210 74
    @mrchick 64
    @wchnu 114
    @RetLEO-07 45
    @Hodge 55
    @Jayaruh 93
    @PLAla 104
    @Lancre 77
    @Fly2High 85
    @PanChango 75
    @MR41 75
    @AGHisBBS 95
    @SRNewb 68
    @RaZorBurn123 73
    @twhite 99
    @riverrun 130
    @MObigfoot 84
    @Col C 94
    @battle.munky 76
    @Christopher Powell 66
    @dangermouse 153
    @BaylorGator 108
    @PickledNorthern 98 - good one
    @Austinoire 118
    @Straight razor dandy 57 makes questionable life choices
    @jtspartan 101
    @Linuxguile 90
    @banks741938 87
     
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2017
  2. NCoxSTL

    NCoxSTL AAACK!

    Amazing!
    (Fine pat on the back)
    Day 86

    I started to go longer with the date but based on what the stick looks like after one use and my own experience with it I'll say just shy of three months. You're gonna be using it for quite awhile! For the money (not much) and the quality of the lather (well above average) and the longevity (we'll see about that) it's a no brainer. The smell is a strong lemony clean type of scent which doesn't bother me one bit.
     
  3. SharptoothC

    SharptoothC I bite..........

    Consistent
    Before I guess a number, I need to know the following: do you load off of the stick, or do you rub the stick on your face and then lather?

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  4. Bama Samurai

    Bama Samurai with Laser-like Focus Staff Member

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    Very well, you have Day 86!

    FWIW: I will not be showing the stick again until I declare it to be over.
     
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  5. Bama Samurai

    Bama Samurai with Laser-like Focus Staff Member

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    Coat face in soap with stick, then damp Plisson/lather on face like God intended. Synthetic brush, cold water.

    It's not a shave stick if one loads the brush, rather, it would be a malformed puck, no? ;)

    That's called WILLIAMS.
     
    Last edited: Apr 1, 2017
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  6. DentonMajik

    DentonMajik Well-Known Member

    Legendary. 90 days

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  7. SharptoothC

    SharptoothC I bite..........

    Agreed, but I have seen it done both ways and that would greatly affect the longevity, I would think. That said, I am going with 92.

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  8. trey06dmd

    trey06dmd Arko eater

    Favorite! I'll take day 46. Seems short but a stick doesn't last me that long. But then again, I smush mine into my mug.

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  9. Matt0210

    Matt0210 Well-Known Member

    Incredible; before I guess a number I need to know how often you plan on shaving
     
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  10. Keithmax

    Keithmax Breeds Pet Rocks

    Sorry but going for two words, Lemon Pledge

    I used Arko for today's shave so I'm patting myself on the back.

    Your a 2 pass shaver so I guess 52 shaves

    Today's shave
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  11. Bama Samurai

    Bama Samurai with Laser-like Focus Staff Member

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    Number of days means "how many two pass shaves", days off won't matter.
     
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  12. Bama Samurai

    Bama Samurai with Laser-like Focus Staff Member

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    No pat on the back will suffice. Dark Side Bakery in Greenwood Village CO has a pallet with your name on it.
     
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  13. Bama Samurai

    Bama Samurai with Laser-like Focus Staff Member

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    Indeed. I've been a fan since my first try.
     
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  14. Keithmax

    Keithmax Breeds Pet Rocks

    Cool I'll add that to the closet full I already have.
     
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  15. Bama Samurai

    Bama Samurai with Laser-like Focus Staff Member

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    You know about Dunhill? It's over. Stock up. I am sad about Dunhill Flake and Elizabethan Mixture. Hopefully some hedge fund will buy the brand and sell it off and keep it going, but until then... Buy it every time you see it in Asia.
     
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  16. Bama Samurai

    Bama Samurai with Laser-like Focus Staff Member

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    For those scoring at home:

    Arko = $1.05 stick .... will it go 106 shaves, and be less than 1ยข per shave?
     
  17. Pilotcld

    Pilotcld Well-Known Member

    It sounds like an "Adventure" (my one word) as I've never used Arko! I'd love to be in.
    I'm going to guess 81 days :) thanks!


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  18. jimjo1031

    jimjo1031 never bloomed myself

    Nice.
    Day 88
     
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  19. Matt0210

    Matt0210 Well-Known Member

    74
     
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  20. mrchick

    mrchick Odd, Terrible Avatar

    Spume
    I'll go with 64 days.
     
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