The Dovo Best Quality 5/8 (old model no. 100-581) is a 5/8″ width carbon steel razor with a round point and a black celluloid handle. Nothing fancy here, just a great no-frills blade, perhaps the ideal beginner’s tool. It does have a little stabilizer within the scale to prevent ‘closing’ too deeply & provide suitable and enduring spacing. Carbon steel blade ~4.77mm thick at spine. Total weight with scales is ~42 grams.
Basic Style with Full Hollow Grind
The Dovo 100581 Best Quality is a full hollow ground razor, which is the most common style and the ultimate preference of the majority of users.
The celluloid scales on Dovo’s Best Quality 5/8 are extra tight and fragile. Squeaky tight, they come; much tighter than all competition, and that does help when learning. While this handle will not break without your help, three things break this razor’s handles that will not affect in any way the other models. Read on, dear, for you will learn what you must (not) do.
Never apply pressure to the pivot point upon these scale (especially easy to do when stropping), never open this razor >240°, and NEVER use any solvents (including isopropyl alcohol!) near the pivot! Doing any of these things, even once, will break these scales. If you never do any of them, they will never break. This saves a lot of money, and gives a “newbie” a tighter razor – if that is a good trade for you, only you can decide.
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 Best Quality 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, this ‘BQ’ 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.