The Dovo Prima Silver Steel is a 5/8″ width carbon steel razor (~4.77mm thick, weighs ~46 grams) with classic rounded point and an ebony wood handle. File jimps are upon the Prima’s tang, and one can use its fine ebony scales without any concern (in contrast to using the Best Quality 100/101 models). The Prima Silver Steel has model-specific styling to the face, like almost every Dovo. Laser engraving is also atop the golden spine.
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. It is “easy” to learn (definitely a relative term here, as mastery of any straight razor takes months of dedication), without being limiting of the final comfort factor (a half-hollow ground razor, by contrast, is easier to learn upon but ultimately will not be equally comfortable as you master the task). A rounded point offers a safer experience at the tip, and allows toe-leading strokes (if you wish to maintain a goatee, however, do consider a Spanish point razor instead).
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 Prima 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 via the drop-down menu, the Prima 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). You can observe this precise model DOVO being honed in this manner here!
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.