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strops and shaving accessories.
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All Our Dovo Razors And Accessories Have Moved To The New Invisible Edge Website

This is much improved and includes a wide range of straight razors and related accessories.

Paddle and hanging strops

Razors (main page)

Shaving starter kits

Shaving brushes

Shave soap and accessories

And on our other sites -

Razor hones

Japanese Iwasaki razors

There has been a general renaissance in straight razor shaving over the last few years, with men coming to realise that modern multi-blade shavers do not always produce the best results for their needs. Shaving with a straight razor also takes skill and practice and gives a greater element of achievement and satisfaction from a shave than is available by using modern single-edge designs. The straight razor has evolved over several hundred years to become what it is today - a finely-balanced and durable shaving tool capable of giving a lifetime’s service with a simple care regime.

If you are interested in vintage straight razors, we recommend taking a look at our sister site The Invisible Edge that specialises in the sale of shave-ready vintage straight razors and other shaving equipment and accessories. Or why not visit our other site Thiers-Issard UK, featuring top-quality straight razors and accessories from this famous French maker. If you would like to read further about straight razors, please complete our simple form by clicking here. You can then download our PDF booklet ‘Choosing, Using and Caring For Your Straight Razor’ absolutely FREE! Many thanks and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

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.

Above: two of Dovo’s best. To the left is the much-sought-after model 3580 ‘Bergischer Lowe’  model, fitted with buffalo horn scales - arguably the best blade Dovo now produce. To the right is model 1055865, the ‘En Vogue’, fitted with ivory-coloured micarta scales. The blade is fully etched to give a really stunning effect!

We are pleased to be dedicated suppliers of the world-famous Dovo range of straight razors, strops and shaving accessories. Unlike many sites that feature men’s grooming products, Dovo Razors UK focuses only on straight razors made  by Dovo, Solingen, Germany and closely associated accessories from quality manufacturers.

The YouTube video below give an insight into just what goes into making a Dovo razor. Although all the dialogue is in German - as you might expect! - 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.

The above short video is a recent ‘how-to’ look at the making of Dovo razors and - unlike the one below - is in English! I would recommend watching both - the video below may be in German but it does show aspects of production not seen in the above.

©Science Channel ‘How It’s Made’.

DOVO - the Company

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