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Dovo 8/8 Arena Smoked Razor

308.99

This stunning Arena Smoked model is new from DOVO. The Arena “Smoked” razor has a black full holl0w 8/8 carbon blade with a square point. The blade has a lion motif on one side in gold – to quote DOVO ” A full inch blade, dark as night, engraved with a proud lion, takes courage to wield in ones face “. The other side bears the words of an extract of a speech made by Theodore or “Teddy” Roosevelt in Paris, France, on April 23, 1910, also in gold.  This speech was referred to as “The Man in the Arena” speech;

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This stunning Arena Smoked model is new from DOVO. The Arena “Smoked” razor has a black full holl0w 8/8 carbon blade with a square point. The blade has a lion motif on one side in gold – to quote DOVO ” A full inch blade, dark as night, engraved with a proud lion, takes courage to wield in ones face “. The other side bears the words of an extract of a speech made by Theodore or “Teddy” Roosevelt in Paris, France, on April 23, 1910, also in gold.  This speech was referred to as “The Man in the Arena” speech;

The most oft-quoted section reads:

It is not the critic who counts, not the one who points out how the strong man stumbled or how the doer of deeds might have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred with sweat and dust and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, if he wins, knows the triumph of high achievement; and who, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

Since its delivery, components of “The Man in the Arena” speech have been used by politicians, pop stars, and everything in between. Richard Nixon, in fact, quotes the speech in both his victory speech (delivered November 6, 1968) and in his resignation speech (given August 8, 1974). It inspired Lindsey Stirling’s song “The Arena”, and was paraphrased by Brene Brown in her TEDx talk. Nelson Mandela gave a copy of the speech to the captain of the South African Rugby team prior to the 1995 World Cup.

The scales are made from smoked oak. Taken with the contemporary styling I’m sure you’ll agree that this DOVO Arena “Smoked” razor demonstrates artisan skill at its finest, resulting in a real collector’s piece.

Supplied in a DOVO branded plastic wallet and DOVO branded box.

SHAVE READY – Unlike some retailers, our razors are not supplied as they come from the factory. We individually prepare all the razors we sell. For full details see our policy.

Photographed with a DOVO extra wide strop and a DOVO Ebony shave brush. For illustration only. Not included. These items can be purchased elsewhere – IE010028 and IE010102.

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Dovo History

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.