The Dovo 985850 is a 5/8″ width carbon steel razor (~4.5mm thick, weighs ~51 grams) with classic rounded point and genuine buffalo horn handle (farmed in France). File jimps are upon the tang, and a “SOLINGEN” crest is given to the face. A laser-engraved pattern is additionally dressed atop its golden spine, and the razor itself (minus scales) is the same as the “Pearlex” piece. This piece was discontinued in 2020, but we still have the stock you see.
Truly Exclusive Due its Large Horn Scales and Deceased Status
The 985850 is likely Dovo’s modern razor of smallest production (excluding any customized-for-merchant limited editions such as our Sunday Shaver), using a large buffalo horn scale which is rarely produced by them. The horn handle ‘matches’ their #918-115 silvertip shaving brush. Be aware that conventional razor stands cannot accept this unique piece.
Classic 5/8″ Size in Full Hollow Grind and Rounded Point
The 5/8″ width fully hollow ground carbon steel razor with rounded tip is the defacto standard in German production the last ~40-50 years. It is “easier” to learn than thinner grinds (definitely a relative term here – mastery of straight razors takes dedication). It isn’t a limiting comfort factor like thicker ones (half-hollow grinds are often easier learning but ultimately not equally comfortable for many). Round points offer a safer experience at razor’s tip, and facilitate a toe-leading stroke. If you wish to maintain a goatee, however, do consider a Spanish point razor.
Select Yours From Images of Our Actual Stock!
This business is wholly centered upon the sale of one hollow ground straight razor to one shaver one at a time; “1 str8rzr alone” is ~50% of all our orders. You may elect to have your Dovo 98 with factory edge or further honed by ‘TSS’, as only you see fit; there is not a right or wrong answer. ‘TSS’ rather doubts the worth of debating this ‘Shave Ready’ concept today; anyone can bandy that term about as if objective, meaningful information (like a sprinter’s time), but in fact it is completely subjective.
If you elect for the factory edge (= do nothing, no note needed @ checkout), you’ll receive your razor exactly as its manufacturers intended…pretty simple! The factory seal’s been breached, yes, but only so you could choose from individual pictures of stock.
If you elect for The Superior Shave to further hone your razor [plz add a note to vendor @ checkout], this #98 shall be honed in the manner taught in 2016 to The Superior Shave’s proprietor by two kind Solingen master grinders (whom did/do not work for Dovo, but do use similar 1840s grinders’ textbooks methods). Regardless of their poor refinement compared to further-honed ‘Honemeister’ edges on offer, some physical elements of factory edges remain superior to most further honing attempts. The Superior Shave will devote the extra time to your razor a dying industry cannot afford in overhead, without taking away the factory edge’s inherently advantaged geometric metrics. We’re confident we offer the materially thinnest further-honed-by-vendor edge available for purchase – you’ll need to try that to understand why it matters. Please note: in the professional opinions of German and French razor grinders, a straight razor is not properly honed unless flush to the hone, without tape, so visual evidence of honing is unavoidable when honing is performed correctly according to its makers (we add Vaseline to your razor’s faces and use compatible honing fluid to help a little).
We hone with a method best coined as “the opposite of tape“ where a hone’s geometry’s wholly catered to performance of the razor and to no other concern. Unfortunately, this topic cannot be discussed upon any English-based straight-razor-centric forum because a select group of e-enthusiasts cannot abide such open discourse. Be encouraged to think for yourself, and let your beard and sense of touch be the judge; there is a lot of misinformation out there, much purportedly from experts! We wish you good shopping, and Happy Shaving.