Providing the best of both worlds in a Dovo straight razor, the Sunday Shaver (model no. 91) borrowed the form of their Bergischer Löwe flagship razor and gives it some mild practical ‘enhancements’ so you’ll hopefully use it often!
No Gold to Just Wear Off
For example, the first touch of practical is eliminating a gold spine. Gold spines must be either covered up with tape (changing a razor to be more like an axe) or honed away. Both options stink! A razor becomes either a “trophy case queen” or less functional. Don’t give away looks or bevel acuity! The Sunday Shaver proactively eliminated the gold to both stay acute of bevel and consistent in appearance.
Satin-Matte Hand Finish
The Sunday Shaver has a satin-matte hand finish, only shared with the also-deceased Dovo flagship (“Flowing” #118). The finish is slightly more practical, as it is helps inhibit oxidation’s growth should you neglect your carbon steel (don’t do that, yo!)
The Spanish point style (only shared among Dovo straight razors with the ‘BL’) is terrific for getting under one’s nose, and for maintaining a mustache/goatee.
The grind is wafer thin and this particular Dovo straight razor is hollow ground by Dovo’s most senior master grinders. This razor is substantially thinner than all 5/8″ Dovo round point models [with the exception of the long-deceased Prima Klang], and indeed is as thin as that one even if only designated as full hollow ground.
No Pesky Shoulder
The Sunday Shaver is a “shoulderless” razor, due to no secondary ridge being near the tang. This is a rare feature on any 5/8″ razor, and it always involves extra skilled steps by the master grinders during production. No ridge to avoid when stropping/honing is present upon shoulderless razors. This is unlike normal razors with shoulders.
There is no finer production Solingen straight razor in a 5/8″ size made today, and it has a practical finish and handle to boot.
Limited 400pc Run
Dovo devoted <1% of 2018’s capacity for Sunday Shaver’s 400-piece production run. This is a “manufactured rarity” razor, as opposed to materials-scarcities (mother-of-pearl & mammoth-tusk scaled Dovo razors, etc.) Whisky distilleries adore the “manufactured rarity” shtick, so it is nice to see it pop up in the str8rzr industry.
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 Sunday Shaver 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 obviously not on the ‘factory sealed’ option), and only so you could peruse from individual pictures of stock.
If you elect for The Superior Shave to further hone your razor [plz add a note to vendor @ checkout], this Sunday Shaver 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.