Dovo’s new-for-2022 Barbarossa 46583 (12582336) is a ‘shorty’ razor featuring the same grind profile as any common type 5/8″ full hollow round head Solingen modern, minus that 2.5cm or so of cutting length (and its associative weight). It comes in at thirty-nine grams and has a traditional shoulder style with secondary ridge indicating a full hollow ground profile. The cutting edge here is approximately 46mm across.
Just as with the Dovo Diamant and the 26830 version of the Bismarck, the carbon steel here has been intentionally oxidized in a controlled setting where the process is abruptly commenced and halted, resulting in a signature ‘black blade’ with grippy feel to the steel.
File jimps (the little ridges) are present upon the underside of the tang (the part you hold while shaving) to aid in your handling.
The ~3.4mm thick mottled red acrylic scales, at ~3.93″ / 105mm in length, have been shortened accordingly with the smaller blade profile.
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 Barbarossa 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, you’ll receive your razor exactly as its manufacturers intended…pretty simple!
If you elect for The Superior Shave to further hone your razor via the drop-down menu, the Dovo Barbarossa 10580356 razor will 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.