Dovo Forestal 1165851 German Straight Razor | Carbon Steel | 5/8 Size | Full Hollow Ground | Round Point | Cocobolo Wood Handle | Made in Germany


Dovo Forestal Cocobolo | Choose From Pics of Final Stocks! | Made in Solingen, Germany


Dovo Forestal was a top-tier version of Dovo’s basic 5/8″ carbon razor with round point and full hollow grind.   Its show-side “Forestal” laser engraved detail is exquisitely classic and tasteful.  It is a nimble blade with a smooth tang, and weighs ~43-44g.  You’re looking at the listing for the long-discontinued version with dalbergia retusa  (cocobolo) scales, which has been eliminated from EU export for years; although it is discontinued, this listing indicates we *DO* have stock of the ‘specimens’ you can see in the ‘police lineup’ shots, and when they’re all gone, this listing will disappear…

Cocobolo is a terrifically attractive Central American hardwood that was found in enough pool cues, fancy knife handles, and guitar necks to threaten its survival, and always looks well oiled with terrific resistance to moisture.  Weight varies the piece, hovering near 47 grams.  Choose yours from pics of the actual stock!

“Shave Ready”?

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!

If you elect for The Superior Shave to further hone your razor [plz add “note to vendor” @ checkout], your Dovo Forestal 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 6 oz
Dimensions 6 × 4 × 2 in
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