These Dovo Spanish Oak straight razor replacement scales, which are appropriate for most 6/8″ razors, come from the Encina‘s design. These scales weigh ~18 grams, and Dovo shapes/polishes/assembles by hand in Solingen, Germany. The oak blanks age for months, to allow resistance to temperature/pressure/humidity variances, before cutting. They’re not as inert as the micarta on Dovo’s en vogue, but good enough to earn a German reference of “noble wood” (referring to noble gas).
Made to Fit the 6/8 Modern Standard Razor Dimensions
Current production size 6/8 German razors will fit. To be sure of your particular razor as there are so many thousands of brands, measure the distance from your razor’s pivot pin hole to the furthest point away on the cutting edge. Your razor should have a measurement <118mm at this spot.
Wedge Pre-Installed & Built for Modern 6/8 Thickness
Furthermore, these Dovo oak replacement scales for straight razors are built with a wedge at the non-pivot pin already installed. The wedge angle is based on the presumption of the pivot pin needing ~4.2-4.4mm of space as on a current German 6/8″. A range of razors will fit, depending upon their tang girth and your skill. If your tang’s >4.2mm at the hole it may be a tight fit or a creaky install. Conversely, if the tang’s <4.3mm, you may have a challenge getting the scales extra tight or need thicker washers.
Breadth of Scale Built for 6/8, Not 5/8
The maximum width across these scales near the non-pivot pin area is 18.7mm.
Includes All Required Hardware!
You’ll get one ‘pin and rosette’ and 2 washers with your Dovo replacement straight razor scales. The scales are already given their hand-fitted-and-sanded wedge/pinning for the non-pivot end, and also already pre-drilled at the pivot pin.
To install, first remove any incumbent scale/hardware. Line up razor and scale, and put the rosette and pin in with washers between each side of the tang and inside of scales. Nail in to some soft wood, or preferably use a jewelry anvil. Crimp off the rear excess of the pin, and begin peening the backside. Use a small ball peen hammer with the pin head flush to a firm surface such as a jewelry anvil.
It helps to open the razor to the loosest point and hold in this position while hitting the rear of the pin. Hammer from various approach angles. Be certain the head of the pin touches the backing surface, and not the wood. It is a moderate skill, much like stropping and wielding the blade for its purpose.