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 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.
This is a new 6/8 razor from Dovo. It has a full hollow carbon blade marked with a cross swords design in a golden colour above which is the word "Renaissance" in grey. The scales are made from Spanish Oak and as with all natural products the exact markings vary. Not all are striped as per the example in the photo.
Dovo's Prima Klang razors have a 5/8 extra full hollow ground blade from carbon steel. This variant has bocote scales which have a very dark grain in otherwise mid-toned colouring, set off by a brass heel pin and spacer. The spine is plain. The blade has a goldwash Solingen mark, making for a very attractive razor.
Dovo's Prima Klang razors have a 5/8 extra full hollow ground blade from carbon steel. This variant has violetwood scales which have a straight grain and a hint of red to the mid-brown colouring, set off by a brass heel pin and spacer. The spine is plain. The blade has a goldwash Solingen mark, making for a very attractive razor.
Dovo's Prima Klang razors have a 5/8 extra full hollow ground blade from carbon steel. This variant sports redwood scales which have a warm colour, set off by a brass heel pin and spacer. The spine is plain. The blade has a goldwash Solingen mark, making for a very attractive razor.
This Master's razor from Dovo is new for 2016 and replaces the shoulderless version (IE010018) which is being discontinued. Another difference is that this version carries a carbon blade.
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 Bergischer Löwe is, understandably, a very sought after razor. The Swedish steel blade is shoulderless and etched with a spike point. The blade is set off with elegant buffalo horn scales. This particular razor has small signs of corrosion. Please see below for details.
The Dovo Bergischer Löwe is, understandably, a very sought after razor. The Swedish steel blade is shoulderless and etched with a spike point. It has a gold wash both to the tang and spine decoration. The blade is set off with elegant buffalo horn scales.
We have managed to obtain a limited number of this stunning razor from Dovo. It has beautiful and tactile buffalo horn scales which are of a most attractive shape, made from one piece of horn and therefore having only one pin.
This Dovo razor has a 5/8 stainless steel blade and bufflalo horn scales. The blade bears the Dovo Inox marking in gold and jimping to the lower tang. All the razors supplied to us have pale scales and some are partly translucent in places. This makes each razor a unique item perfect for the collector in you.
The Dovo Travel Kit comprises a grey leather case, lined with black leather, Dovo cotton backed hanging strop, olivewood shaving brush, a Dovo glass shave bowl, leather balm and an Osma alum block. Please see full details below.
The Dovo Mammoth Ivory Razor is a true collector's piece and a wonderful piece of history, with scales crafted from ancient mammoth ivory making each razor truly unique. Although Dovo is not currently manufacturing this razor we have obtained one with slight signs of corrosion. SLIGHT SECOND - Please see full description below.