Dovo Razor Info



Normalsteel: 1.2210 (60 HRC ) 115CrV3
Alloying elemnts: 1,10 - 1,25 % C, 0,50 - 0,80 % Cr., 0,07 - 0,12 % V

Stainless Steel: 1.4034 (56-57 HRC) X46Cr13
Alloying elemnts: 0,50 - 0,51 % C, 12,50 - 14,50 % Cr

The blank consists of a cropped piece between 20-25 mm wide and 5-6 mm thick. the cropped pieces are heated and hot-forged under immense pressure from a drop hammer in the forging die.
The heat-treatment, the so-called "hardening", is extremely important for the blank. Depending on the quality of the steel, the blank is heated up to 1.300°C and subsequently chilled in a special oil. The temperature limits are often crucial. The subsequent tempering at 200 to 400°C, depending on the type of steel, gives the blade its elasticity and toughness.


Correct care is essential for the maintenance and long life of this traditional gentlemen's accessory. Each time it is used, the entire razor must be rinsed in clear water and dried thoroughly. If the razor is not used for a longer period, it is advisable to coat it lightly with oil. Never store the razor in a damp, unventilated place.

There is no common rule for sharpening of razors; sometimes it is sufficient to sharpen it at the ball of the hand, especially if the razor is not used for several days. People, who often use razors, know: the cutting edge is growing, meaning that the very fine burr on the cutting edge (which can be seen under the microscope) changes whenever the razor is used, but it finally goes back to its old position and will become very fine again. Nevertheless the burr will wear out after a certain period of time, and then the suitable razor strop should be bought.

Sharpening with a Razor Strope

While flat blades are whetted on a suspended strop (velvet knives), 1/2 or 1/1 concave blades require a hanging strop made of fine cowhide leather or extremely supple Russia leather (Juchten) either with a turning device for hanging up or with hemp hose on the back, which serves to align the "fin" in the direction pointing away from the razor. If required, the leather side can be rubbed with an extremely thin layer of fine abrasive paste (red paste) and - for a final polishing on a separate strop - with polishing paste (black paste), which is worked in with the ball of the hand. Stropping is performed at a flat angle with the back of the razor laid on the strop; the razor is drawn in the direction away from the body. The razor is then turned over on its back and drawn in towards the body. Changing directions without turning the razor over makes the blade become round (crowned) so that the cutting properties are lost. In this case, only resharpening can help.


Yellow - also called Juchtencreme, to serve the leather care and raise the grindeffect compared with no treat leather.
White - specific for hemp tube, raise the grindeffect.

Use of the razor strope for grinding the razor, leather care is sufficient with yellow paste and the hemp care with white paste.
Do you wannt to rise the effect of the leather, you can prepare the leather with the colored pastes (green, red, black).

Color Use Grindeffect
green green pasted leather big
red red pasted leather medium
black black pasted leather fine
yellow (Juchten) Leather care
Improvement of the grindeffect
white for prepared hemp tube low

The Shave

The beginner starts first with the smooth and unproblematic areas of the face. To do this, the opened razor is held with thumb and three fingers so that the opened holder points away from the face. Lathered with good shaving soap and thus made supple, the skin must be tightened; the razor is moved at an angle of approx. 30° firstly in the direction of growth of the beard and then against the direction of growth. If held too flat, the razor rips the stubble; if held too upright, it cuts the skin. Always move it in the direction of the cutting edge and never horizontally (danger of injury); always draw it through evenly and hold it a little more upright at corners, dimples and at the upper lip. If the razor gets damaged by being dropped or when being put into its holder, it should not be used further. Stropping does not help here; the razor must be resharpened and whetted by a specialist.

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