We are pleased to offer a wide range of straight razors, strops and shaving accessories from the Word famous Dovo range.
Founded in 1906, the company DOVO Steelware of Solingen, Germany was originally purely a factory producing straight razors, with a forge and hollow grinding shop employing thirteen workers. The name DOVO derives from the names of the founders of the company, Mr. Dorp and Mr. Voos. As a mark of German craftsmanship, the name "Solingen" enjoys the confidence of the whole world. In order to keep this trust and with it the reputation of the Solingen cutting tools, and to prevent misuse of this name, the German government passed a law in 1938 to protect the name of Solingen. The law makes stipulations relating to the geography of the production area with the intention of protecting regional industry. If an article is manufactured in Solingen but the raw materials (i.e. the blanks) are produced elsewhere, the article may not bear the Solingen name. The law "for the protection of the name of Solingen", distinguishes between so-called hot-forged and the cold-forged items, which do not bear the Solingen mark of quality.
The name Dovo of Solingen, has therefore become synonymous with the Dovo quality standard of German engineering and the hot forged steel processes still used in production of the fine shaving razors listed on this website.
The above short video is a recent ‘how-to’ look at the making of Dovo razors and - unlike the one below - is in English.
The YouTube video below gives an insight into just what goes into making a Dovo razor. Although all the dialogue is in German it is still a very interesting look into what is a modern method of performing a manufacturing process that is some several hundred years old. It shows aspects of production not seen in the video above.
A pure badger shaving brush from Dovo with a black acrylic handle set off with a chrome collar.
A stylish travel brush from Dovo in a matt stainless steel casing with built in water seals and a Silver Tip badger hair filling. Length when closed approx. 3.25"/85mm. Weight 134g
This version of the Dovo Best Quality razor is ideal for someone seeking a good quality carbon steel blade with a full hollow ground at a very reasonable price. The razor is a 5/8 size with black scales and nice etching. It has jimping to upper and lower tang.
An extra wide hanging strop from Dovo in Russian type cowhide. This single sided strop can take the whole length of most blades, making a simple forward and backward stropping possible. This quality strop has a top nickel plated swivel and a durable riveted construction. Overall size approx. 570 mm (22 1/2") by 80mm (3 1/8").
This Dovo Special 5/8 Razor has Faux Tortoiseshell handles inlaid with the Dovo logo. The blade is gold washed and etched, giving an extremely attractive and popular razor. N.B. No tortoises were harmed in the manufacture of this razor!
The Dovo Prima Silver Steel 5/8 Razor has a top quality blade which carries gold wash decoration to the side and to its finely detailed spine, set off with understated ebony scales. Supplied in an attractive blue metal case.
The popular Dovo Astrale 5/8 razor has a half hollow blade which, being slightly stiffer, is particularly suitable for those with a stiffer beard. The razor has an attractive gold wash design on the blade. It also has jimping to both the upper and lower tang. The ebony scales carry an escutcheon plate which could be engraved with the user's initials....