The Dovo Flowing straight razor was the flagship version of their beloved classic “Bismarck” 6/8″ carbon steel blank. They selected the finest pieces as produced (graded for superior workmanship) to become Carre and Flowing. Flowing’s given a special satin-matte hand finish, a worked spine, and a notched ebony wood handle. But this razor form (whether named Carre, Bismarck, La Forme, or Flowing) is always a ‘blue chip’ straight razor. To sum up, finding a ‘hater’ of this razor shape is quite nearly impossible. Sadly, this model’s been discontinued ?
Shoulderless Style 6/8 with Worked Spine & Scale
The Flowing weighs about fifty-five grams, with in this particular case a robust 3-pin style grenadille wood scale. But there is more to the Grenadille story here. First, it should be noted Grenadille can no longer be exported from the EU by Dovo, and thus the stock sees in the ‘police lineup’ pics can’t be replaced. It is true rarity from scarcity, not “manufactured rarity” [such as our own beautiful Sunday Shaver]. Additionally, in the Flowing’s case the spine has been given attractive scalloping, and the scales two notches for your fingers. Lastly, Flowing receives a handmade satin-matte luster finish, shared only with the Sunday Shaver and something that gives the razor an extra element of uniformity.
6/8″ Size Great for Big Hands
First, a 6/8″ razor in this classic shape is ideal for those with large hands. Secondly, the shoulderless S-curve thumbnotch falls naturally to one’s thumb. No ridge exists to avoid on strop or stone as with a normal-bodied razor. Consequently, no file jimps (small ridges on tang) are needed here! The Flowing is, above all, an easy razor to handle on face, stone, and strop alike.
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 Flowing with its 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, this Dovo 118 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.