Dovo Barbarossa 45581 German Straight Razor | INOX Stainless Steel | 5/8 Size | Full Hollow Ground | Spanish Point | Ebony Wood Handle | Made in Germany


Dovo Barbarossa Straight Razor 45581 | INOX Stainless Steel | 5/8 Size | Full Hollow Ground | Spanish Point | Ebony Wood Handle | German Production | Short Blade | Made in Germany


A Dovo addition from 2018, the #45-581 Barbarossa is intended as a specialist razor for professional barbers.

You can use it at home, of course, and quite happily, too.

Light, Short, and Maneuverable

The Barbarossa is a light razor at about forty grams, with a reduced 46mm long cutting edge and a shortened blade and scale.   Above all, this razor’s about working in close to the mouth with ease.

An Always-Enviable Spanish Point

The Spanish point upon the Dovo Barbarossa is always a special offering among Solingen production.  In Dovo, the Spanish point is only currently shared with the Bergischer Löwe and Sunday Shaver models.  In other words, the Barbarossa is extremely easy to use around the nose/goatee/mustache area; that’s the point, and that’s also why it is short.

Macassar Ebony Scales (On Loan from a Brother)

The ebony wood scales here were cannibalized from a new “Shavette” model that also debuted in 2018 (hence saying ‘Shavette’ upon ’em).

  • Stainless steel (1.4034) 5/8″ blade, ~4.5mm at thickest point, Spanish point
  • Laser-etched on tang and ‘show side’
  • Full hollow ground
  • Conventional tang with file jimps
  • Total weight with scales is ~38.3 grams.
  • 5/8″ Width
  • Spanish point
  • Ebony wood scales


“Shave Ready”?

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 Barbarossa 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 Barbarossa 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).    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.

Additional information

Weight 6 oz
Dimensions 6 × 4 × 2 in
Straight Razor Filters;

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