Dovo Solingen Shavette Straight Razor: Stainless Steel
- Product Review (submitted on 8 March 2011):
Ahh the Dovo Shavette. I'll get the fact that I can't compare this to a real straight, but I can compare to the Feather Artist Club. I've had this razor sitting in my kit for a couple months now and its just entered regular rotation in preparation for some travel.
The first thing that struck me about it in comparison to the Artist Club is its weight. It's very very light and small. Not necessarily a bad thing but I had to adjust how I held the thing. Adding a blade is a relatively simple affair if you're careful. Pull out red sleeve, snap blade, put half in place, slide back in. Simple, unless you somehow manage to cut yourself snapping a blade.
Onto the shave. The first shave with this thing was terrible. Had it loaded with 1/2 a Red Persona and it just grabbed and didn't cut smoothly. Tried again and this time loaded up 1/2 a feather blade, and tried again. This time it gave a smooth shave.
Using the sharper blade helped a lot as there is not much weight in this razor. The shorter blade length means a couple more passes than with a longer straight, but no different to a DE.
It's not a razor for everyone, and I don't know if it'd be the razor I'd recommend to someone looking for a disposable blade straight. But it's definitely fulfilling its purchased goal of a small travel razor admirably.