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.
The Dovo Carpe Diem razor has a satin etched blade bearing the Carpe Diem ("Seize the Day") motto. The carbon blade is full hollow, while the tang has jimping to upper and lower sides. The scales have a rounded shape and are in a multiwood which shows attractive graining in red and black shades.
The Diamant razor from Dovo is the company's only razor bearing a black blade. The full hollow 5/8 carbon steel blade bears the Dovo Diamant mark, while the scales are in attractive olive wood. The spine is plain while there is jimping to the upper and lower sides of the tang. A very distinctive razor.
The Dovo Forestal Razor features an elegantly engraved blade and beautiful cocobolo wooden scales fitted with a gold coloured spacer. The razor is set off by gold wash marking on one side of the blade and an attractive gold wash spine design. A good choice whether a beginner or expert in the art.
The Dovo Master's Razor features a contemporary geometric design on both the shoulderless blade and spine. With the addition of stunning twin pinned Grenadille wood scales the result is a razor which is very much up to the minute. This is the end of our stock as the razor has been discontinued and replaced by IE010112.
The Dovo Flowing razor is back in stock after a lengthy absence. This 6/8 razor has a full hollow carbon blade with a scalloped spine. The nicely grained grenadille scales are an unusual design with two heel pins and also having double scallop cutouts.
The Dovo Natural 5/8 Razor has light bamboo scales with a subtle graining while the satin finished blade is half hollow ground, giving a slightly stiffer blade which is ideal for beginners. A good razor and outstanding value for money.
The Dovo Black Star 5/8 Razor is made in three scale variations. This razor is the brown pakkawood version. These nicely grained scales are combined with gold washed marking, set off by the black tang and spine.
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!