Dovo INOX 13581087 (formerly 415835) German Straight Razor | Stainless Steel | 5/8 Size | Full Hollow Ground | Round Point | Ebony Wood Handle | Made in Solingen Germany


Dovo INOX Ebony Straight Razor Product Code 13581087 (Old Number 415835) | 5/8 Stainless | EAN 4045284007266


The Dovo INOX Ebony Wood straight razor (model 41-5835) is a variant of their bread-and-butter stainless steel razor.  This model’s essentially unchanged in 40+ years, and along with the olivewood model remains in production.   It is well balanced, easily honed/handled, and has durable shaving edge character.  Beyond the ebony wood used on this #415835, the same razor is produced in olivewood (415875), buffalo horn (415855), or faux-mother-of-pearl (415815) scales [the latter two discontinued from production].

Stainless steel (1.4034) blade ~4.7×16.7mm, ~16-16.5° cutting angle, ~46.5g weight.  File jimps (little ridges) are upon underside of the tang to aid handling.

Dovo makes the 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 Prima Silver Steel.   If you’d like a perfectly ‘matched’ shaving brush, consider Dovo’s premium 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 INOX will be delivered to you Guaranteed  Shave Ready!   Observe an ‘INOX’ 5/8″ being honed by TSS here!   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
Straight Razor Filters;

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Factory Sealed, Further Honed Post-Factory