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!
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 Forestal 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 (= 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], the Forestal 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.