Dovo Forestal 1165831 German Straight Razor | Carbon Steel | 5/8 Size | Full Hollow Ground | Round Point | Redwood Handle | Made in Germany


Dovo Forestal Razor | Full Hollow 5/8 with Redwood Scales | Honed “Shave Ready” by Dovo’s Authorized US Agent



The Dovo Forestal was a top-tier version of Dovo’s basic 5/8″ carbon razor with round point and full hollow grind; sadly it was discontinued, nice little piece it was; when we run out of stock this listing will disappear, and before then its presence indicates we DO have them in-stock to sell to you.   Its show-side “Forestal” laser engraved detail is exquisitely classic and tasteful.  It is a nimble blade with smooth tang and weighs ~43-44g.   1165831 came in redwood scales shared with Sunday Shaver, and formally was produced in bocote as 1165861.

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

The 5/8″ width fully hollow ground carbon steel razor with rounded tip is the defacto standard in German production the last ~40-50 years.   A number of factors caused this evolution.  For instance, it is “easy” to learn (definitely a relative term here, as mastery of any straight razor takes months of dedication), without limiting final comfort factor.  A half-hollow ground razor such as “Astrale”, by contrast, is easier to learn but ultimately not equally comfortable for most masters of the task.   Additionally, the round head offers a safer experience at the tip and facilitates the toe-leading stroke (if you wish to maintain a goatee, do consider a Spanish point razor instead).

“Shave Ready”?

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, 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 Dovo 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.

Additional information

Weight 5 oz
Dimensions 6 × 4 × 2 in
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Factory Edge, Further Honed Post-Factory