Dovo Apex 125810812 {formerly 255831} German Straight Razor | Carbon Steel | 5/8 Size | Full Hollow Ground | Square Point | Ebony Wood Handle | Made in Solingen Germany


Dovo Ebony Square Point Razor 125810812 | Full Hollow 5/8 | Macassar Ebony Wood Scales | EAN 4045284007976


The Dovo Square Point Straight Razor 125810812 “Apex” (formerly known as the ‘Prima Silver Steel’) is a 5/8″ carbon steel razor (~4.6mm thick, weighs ~43 grams) with square point and ebony wood handle.  File jimps are upon the bottom of the Silver Steel’s tang, and one can use its fine ebony scales without any concern.  This razor’s unique in the Dovo lineup as the only carbon steel model with a “blank” face (the spine and tang are dipped in gold).

Classic 5/8″ Size in Full Hollow Grind and Square Point

It would be nearly fair to say that the Dovo 255831 is the only true square point razor we carry.  This is because the others so marked have either a barber’s notch, a wee bit of inward curve, a “45° corner” at the toe, etc.  The Dovo square point employs no such concessions.   It is not a ‘spike’ point as we call old Victorian era blades with an absolute 90° turn at the tip that scratch faces and strops.  This is because the very last <1mm or so of the tip is a teensy bit turned for safety.  But nonetheless, you can use the Dovo square point incredibly well to align a goatee, trim sideburns, etc.

‘Noble’ Ebony Wood Scales

Dovo makes these ebony wood scales, by  hand.  The ‘blanks’ are oversized by intention, and then aged.  The wood rests some months before being cut to scale.   This is not as inert as micarta, for example.  But it is still durable, stable, and of course more natural.  It has earned the German reference of “noble wood”.  These scales are also available upon the stainless 415835, and if you’d fancy a ‘matched’ shaving brush do consider Dovo’s premium faux-badger #918218.


“Shave Ready”?

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, your Dovo will be delivered to you Guaranteed  Shave Ready!  The Superior Shave hones via a method best coined (by the old Thiers-Issard director) as “the opposite of tape“, where the hones’ shapes cater to performance and little else; you begin with your coarsest stone that’s shaped as the smallest imaginary wheel, and you progress to finer abrasives that are shaped as larger wheels, thus sharpening the bevel from the spine toward the actual edge, and leaving a *thin*, concave edge first and foremost.

At one time, years ago, natural stones were used for the establishing and refining of a bevel.  But the lapidaries necessary for such extremely refined stones no longer exist, to say nothing of sourcing the strata itself from Earth.  So today, Dovo uses a pair of manmade, convex spinning discs to establish their bevels, and thereafter refines with bench stones hand shape to be mildly convex, before finishing on a pasted strop.  The spinning discs are coarser, and have a shorter effective diameter, while the bench stones are finer, and have much longer effective diameters.  Thus,  the bevels are indeed concave, same as ever.

But the steel itself can withstand much more concaving than practical today at any factory, with no negative effects for the longevity of your razor, so long as you keep exclusively to shaving with it, keeping a low spine angle, and keeping skin well stretched and lathered; for its intended job, concaving a razor bevel toward its metallurgical limits only benefits the shaver.  If you intend to use your razor at an angle outside of normal shaving work or upon a surface unlike a well lathered and stretched beard, however, a flat or even a convex bevel will better endure such odd usage of these tools.

There is no wrong or right choice for factory edge/further honed, but please do not believe all factory edges are never ‘Shave Ready’ – that is an absurd, yet common, belief.  It is certainly the intention of Dovo when producing the razor that you to only need strop (after wiping off the factory oil!) just prior to shaving to receive a terrific shave.  Thanks for reading this, and happy shaving!

Additional information

Weight 5 oz
Dimensions 6 × 4 × 2 in
Straight Razor Filters;

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Factory Edge or Shave Ready

Factory Sealed (= NO RETURNS IF YOU OPEN THE SEAL), "Shave Ready" Further Honed (= opened by us, NO RETURNS)