Dovo German Razors: Dovo Solingen of Germany have been making razors for over a hundred years and today are considered to be one of the finest manufacturer of straight razors. Each Razor goes through over 80 labour intensive manufacturing processes to achieve the highest level of hardness, elasticity and resistance including hand honing and stropping by trained honing technicians.
Dovo 101-581 Straight Razor: The Dovo Solingen Black handled straight Razor 101581 has a half ground 5/8 Carbon Steel Blade set in a Black Resin Handle. It is the most affordable Straight Razor we would recommend as the majority of the value in this razor is aimed at the blade rather than the handle. Many entry level Razors have had more effort put into the handle decoration at a significant cost to the blade, resulting in disappointing and even dangerous results.
Learning the art: Entering into the world of straight razors can be a daunting prospect but with some brief research on the internet followed by the purchase of a QUALITY razor you will wonder why it has taken you so long to discover this luxurious, and cost effective start to the day. Using a straight Razor does require a technique and maintaining your razor is important to keep it enjoyable. There is endless advice on the internet and as long as you spend a bit of time learning the skill initially your efforts will be rewarded. Once learnt and added to your morning routine this skill will be rewarding and enjoyable and the thought of going back to a Mach 3 will turn your stomach.
Honing/Sharpening: Your new Dovo Razor is honed and stropped ready to use straight out of the box. It will be fine for many shaves depending on the softness of your beard but will need stropping at some point to polish the cutting edge. If you lose the Razor edge we recommend sending your Razor for professional honing as over stropping can damage your blade.
Storage: Your Dovo razor must be rinsed in clean water and thoroughly dried after each use and applying a fine mineral oil to stop the blade from rusting.