A Dovo straight razor addition from 2019, the #305870 Barbarossa is intended as a specialist razor for professional barbers. You can use it at home, of course, and quite happily, too. As it has survived the purging of models by the new ownership, it also means it has been a rather strong seller.
An Always-Enviable Spanish Point
The Spanish point upon the Dovo Barbarossa is always a special offering among Solingen production. In Dovo, the Spanish point is only currently shared with the Bergischer Löwe and Sunday Shaver models. In other words, the Barbarossa is extremely easy to use around the nose/goatee/mustache area; that’s the point, and that’s also why it is short.
Classic Olivewood Scales
The olivewood here (from SE European olea europaea trees) is aged to blanks 100% formed by Dovo. It also matches their own 918106 shaving brush, and our house brand Olivenholz brushes perfectly (that wood’s also coming from that same linked source, as they rather dominate EU cutlery supply of handle materials).
- Carbon steel 1.2210 5/8″ blade, ~4.5mm at thickest point, Spanish point
- Laser-etched on tang and ‘show side’
- Full hollow ground
- Conventional tang with file jimps on underside
- Total weight with scales is ~ grams.
- 5/8″ Width
- Spanish point
- Olivewood scales
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 (= 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 “note to vendor” @ checkout], this Dovo blade 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.