The Dovo INOX straight razor (model 41) is their bread and butter stainless steel straight razor, produced essentially unchanged for over forty years. It is well balanced, easy to hone and handle, and has a durable shaving edge character. It is a capable razor, able to hold an impressively-thin edge despite its stainless steel formulation. Even with its factory edge, this razor impresses me;
Beyond the olivewood handle used on this 415875, this is the same exact razor as discontinued models 415815 and 415855 (buffalo horn), and the still-in-production #415385.
1.4034 stainless steel blade (~4.7×16.7mm blade, ~16-16.5° cutting angle, ~43g weight), with file jimps (little ridges) to the underside of the blade’s tang.
The olivewood here (from SE European olea europaea trees) is aged to blanks 100% formed by Dovo. It also matches their own 918106 shaving brush.
Dovo Equals Straight Razor Tradition
Dovo-Stahlwaren continued operation in one building 115 years (1906-2021 and which included spring of ’45!), and during that time they produced razors with the Dovo and other famed marques under that same footprint. Workers commit to a 2-year fulltime apprenticeship under their incumbents following grade school, and then attend a three year specialty school of metallurgy and grinding (30 hours a week class time!) to become a master grinder, which is one who has displayed command of all preparation/use skills to earn the respected Solingen title. Tools preceding WWII work upon a Dovo INOX straight razor today, and workers grading with traditional quality checklists at over one hundred steps.
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 Dovo 41 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! The factory seal’s been breached, yes, but only so you could choose from individual pictures of stock.
If you elect for The Superior Shave to further hone your razor [plz add “note to vendor” @ checkout], this olivewood INOX shall 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.