Coming in at ~38 grams with a ~44mm cutting length, Dovo’s 46 Barbarossa is a ‘shorty’ razor, 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 weight).
The ebony scales have been shortened accordingly, and this 46581 new-for-2021 model’s known as the “Moustache” 46 razor. Why haven’t I tried one of these? Spoiled for choice, I suppose. OK, don’t suppose. Sheesh. Tough grader. Anyway, lord knows honing it’s going to be a billion times easier…I can’t miss down there (maybe it looks as so in the countless vids but you underestimate the advantage of closest to the fulcrum and the resultant great reduction on stone mileage necessary to get the same thing). So far these little guys feel a little funny on the stones, but what can I say about them?
Since this has a rounded head it seems a best candidate to go play with, for myself. I go for the Spanish/French/square head only if it comes with some other advantage like no shoulder, thinner, etc. I wish round head and no shoulder would come back, that’s really gone away from Solingen.
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 #46 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 Moustache 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.