The History of Dovo and the Medieval Heritage in Every Blade

The History of Dovo and the Medieval Heritage in Every Blade

Solingen, Germany, a city in the Rhineland region of the country, is the home of DOVO Straight Razors. DOVO Steelware was started there in 1906 to produce razors using the talents of local steelworkers in the town renowned since the Middle Ages for its metalworking craftsmanship and quality.

Born in the City of Blades


It is fitting that quality shaving razors are from Solingen, as the town has been called the City of Blades since Medieval times. When knights in shining armor defended castles, forts and ladies in Northern Europe, their swords and knives came from this village. In those days, a Solingen blade was considered quite fine and one of few worthy of being used by a knight.

In Solingen, swordsmithery was such a highly regarded art and business that Medieval swordsmiths swore a guild oath to never take their sword crafting secrets outside of the village. This oath lasted from the 5th century until the 1700s, when a group of Solingen swordsmiths broke their oaths and started making swords and knives in Shotley Bridge, England.

DovoThis story sounds almost mythological when considering human nature. After all, 1300 years is a long period during which to keep a secret among many men. Still, the story is proven real through recent discovery of blacksmith smelters over 2000 years old, found in and around the town.

Swords bearing the Solingen mark have been unearthed in places like the British Isles and other Anglo-Saxon kingdoms. The swords were so prized that they were very actively traded throughout the European continent. Even today, knives and blades from Solingen are considered prized.

Such secrets are hard to keep and, as proven later in the 18th century, holding onto the well kept heritage of Solingen became more difficult as time became modern. In the 15th century, what was inside Solingen became contained behind a fortification. What was outside could be kept out using these walls, especially considering the availability of fine swords from which the town flourished.

Modern Days Keep the Heritage Alive

Some bladesmen from the home village where DOVO razors were born migrated to America in 1736. Rather than taking their swordsmithing secrets abroad, these honorable men left that heritage behind for a new one in the New World. Descendants of these immigrants later became the founders of Studebaker Brothers Manufacturing, makers of Studebaker cars.

In 1906, a new type of blade was in fashion. No longer were swords carried by military men or gentlemen. The Edwardian era brought fashion and style to Solingen. With those concepts came shaving using a locally crafted razor made in the same quality as swords and knives of the Medieval era.

DovoIn Wald, a village near Solingen, DOVO Steelware started producing open razors. Bladesmithing began in a forge and grinding shop opened by the founders of a new shaving razor company, two men by the last names of Dorp and Voos. Thirteen employees started crafting the blades still made today, using the same craftsmanship of their 2000 year swordsmithing heritage.

Men who love a great quality shaving blade continue turning to razors from Solingen, where knights and gentlemen have sought the best blades in the world for well over 2000 years. Most popular are DOVO Shavette Razors and their professional quality replacement blades.

Choosing The Perfect Mens Shaving Kit Built To Please

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Choosing The Perfect Mens Shaving Kit Built To Please

shaving with a straight razorWomen fill their bathroom cabinets, drawers and countertops with treasures of personal care and beauty. In recent years, men have become more personally attuned, seeking to take care of their appearance, almost as much as females. Men’s shaving has again become a very personal time of attention paid to oneself in the mirror, a time of introspection, self-pampering and grooming.

Part of the mansome revolution involves change in the quality of shaving materials and even the shaving process, itself. In decades past, men gave up “old fashioned” implements like safety razors, shaving brushes and foaming cups for quicker processes to just get them out the door.

Build Your Own Bundle - Fusion Razor PackageNow, men enjoy the art of shaving. They enjoy warm shaving cream foamed in a cup, brushed onto the face with the finest boar’s bristle brush. They enjoy the difference a safety razor makes and taking extra time to ensure the best, closest and most self-attentive shaving process. Heck, men even enjoy the swishing of water that rinsing a double-edged razor provides between strokes. This is time to think, clear one’s head and self-indulge.

Along with the romanticization of shaving today as in the Victorian era comes the enjoyment of putting together one’s own mens shaving kit. Your men’s shaving kit is your own answer to a female’s makeup bag, the male version of self-indulgent moments of grooming. Just as much as you deserve self-indulgence, you deserve a well put together mens shaving kit.

What Your Mens Shaving Kit Must Include

There are five primary items to include within your own mens shaving kit. Those are:

Preferred Razor

Choosing the perfect razor for your mens shaving kit comes down to deciding the type of shaving experience you prefer. You may still wish to go with modern convenience of a Fusion razor or a Mach3. You may prefer the vogue, experience and close shave of a safety razor. Or maybe you are a real, old-school shaving aficionado, opting for a sling blade.

Shaving Brush

Simpsons Shaving Brush - Beaufort B1 Pure BadgerPerhaps the most fun to be had in shaving is the brushing on of foam. Quality bristles feel so great against the skin and start the shaving process elegantly and timelessly. Synthetic brushes work great for people who want the experience but not the animal bristles. Badger bristle brushes are available in several forms, including pure, best, super, or silver tip.

Pre-Shave Gel, Oil, Lotion or Tonic

Pre-shaveBAUME.BE Pre Shave Gel skin preparations do exactly what they imply. That is, they prepare the skin and hair for the shaving process. By taking this extra step, your shave will be smoother, closer and more of a complete process. No men’s shaving kit is complete without pre-shave.

Shaving Cream or Soap

Whether you prefer shaving cream or shaving soap, brushing it on provides the full, enriching experience that your grandfather enjoyed each morning.

After Shave Balm, Lotion, Gel or Tonic

Once shaving is complete, nothing wakes your skin up from its warmed shaving pleasure like a good application of after-shave. Of course, your partner loves the fragrance on your skin just as much as you love the tingling that hurts so good.

Other items precious to any mens shaving kit are a quality zippered bag to contain all of your chosen shaving routine implements, a favorite shaving mug for your cream and brush, and a razor stand for the bathroom counter. If putting together your own shaving kit is a bit overwhelming, have no fear: This process is easy, thanks to Original Shave Company and our Bundle & Shave selection process.

Safety Razor Shaving 101

Safety Razor Shaving 101

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Safety razor shaving dates back to the Victorian era. Shaving with electric shavers then became the “next big thing” and disposables soon took over. In recent years safety razors have come back into vogue. Now many men enjoy shaving just as their grandfathers once did.

Safety razor shaving involves using a double-edged blade within a stylish reusable razor head. The razor head and attached handle have become highly-regarded personal items, much like cufflinks or a treasured timepiece. Many men select their razor to suit personal style and taste, with many opting for safety razors of gold, silver or other metal design.

But shaving with a safety razor takes some practice. It is a sort of timeless art, one that Grandpa made look so easy and efficient, using his foaming cream cup, badger bristle shaving brush and safety razor as part of a morning routine. You can make it look just as easy over time, once you get the hang of it.

What Is Safety Razor Shaving?

Safety Razor Shaving

Safety razor shaving involves use of one razor blade with double-edged sharpness. The razor has a safety guard protecting skin from all but the razor’s shaving edge, as the name implies. When the razor blade becomes ineffective, it is removed from the razor and replaced. Only the blades are disposable, unlike more modern disposable razors with plastic handles.

Many men of today are choosing safety razors for shaving over disposables and electric shavers for the following reasons:

  • Replacement blades are inexpensive
  • Safety razor shaving enables easier shaving of tight spaces like under your nose and in neck folds
  • Many users believe safety razors result in smoother, closer, more uniform shaving than other methods

Although people enjoy using a safety razor for shaving, it is easier to cut yourself using a safety razor, as ironic as that seems. It also takes awhile to be able to shave efficiently using a safety razor. This means that it may be best to learn to use a safety razor over the weekend or when not in a hurry, so more cuts do not occur and shaving does not upset the morning routine.

Tips for Safety Razor Shaving

Astra Platinum Razor BladesWhen starting to use a safety razor, follow these tips for a smoother transition from disposables:

  • Ensure you are not under time pressure or other stress, to avoid cuts or other problems. Take your time and pay attention to what you are doing.
  • Do not apply heavy pressure. Glide the razor gently over the face, not using brute force with quick motions as with a disposable or shaver.
  • Use short, light strokes with hair growth direction. Do not go side-to-side or against hair growth, to prevent cuts and irritation.
  • Stretch your skin to reduce nooks, crannies, creases, dips and ripples.
  • Rinse the blades frequently although you can simply flip the razor around and use the other side of the double sided blade.

What Makes a Good Shaving Set?

Shaving Set

What Makes A Good Shaving Set?

Each morning, millions of men from around the world wake up, take a razor blade and use it to shave themselves before starting the day. The fine art of shaving used to be a laborious but very manly ritual that extended from generation to generation.  However, this wet shaving event has lost some quality and enjoyment due to the proliferation of poor quality shaving cream, cheap razors, razor burn and the pace of our society.

The importance and enjoyment of shaving is not lost though. In fact, shaving is back on track and is more popular than ever with funny commercials from shaving subscription companies who promise you shaves as cheap as dollars a month.

The shaving process is something that should be enjoyed and all you need is a few quality minutes to get a good shave in the morning. This is really possible with an excellent shaving set which includes all the shaving essentials you need.

What Should A Good Shaving Set Comprise Of?

At this point, you are probably asking yourself what a good shaving set is comprised of right?  The main ingredient in a good shaving set is the one that makes it all happen, the razor. Wet shaving razors are made for different shaving experiences and if it is your first time, then you may want to try a few to find one that’s perfect for you. You can get a close wet shave experience with some of the razor choices available which are Straight, Safe, Fusion or Mach3 blades.

Simpsons Shaving Brush - Beaufort B1 Pure BadgerNext comes the shaving brush. A good brush for shaving should have water retentive features, excellent lathering capabilities and should be soft to the touch. You’ll have many choices here like synthetic and natural brushes with different hair types. For example, badger brushes have different hair applications such as the SilverTip Badger, Super, Best and Pure to both stand up and provide the closest shave since your hair follicles are ready to be cut.

Pre-shave solutions are essential to prepare the skin for cutting facial hair. This will depend more on a man’s skin type than anything else. So if you have sensitive skin, you’ll want pre-shave products like oils, creams or lotions that will make it infinitely easier to get a close and irritation free shave.

A shaving cream or soap is what you’ll lather your face with before putting the razor to skin. When the manly deed is done, employ an aftershave oil for a soothing finish. Like pre-shave products, the aftershave you get depends on your skin type and preference.

A Safe and Chemical-Free Shaving Set

Build Your Own Bundle - Mach3 Razor PackageA shaving set that is free from harmful chemicals is definitely what you need to look for. Check the ingredients of a shaving product you’re interested in before buying it.  You can do so by contacting us before your purchase. Is it Triethanolamine, Parfum and Phthalates free? You’ll need some answers to your questions to make sure the shaving set you are looking to purchase is right for you.

As mentioned, there is a way to get all your shaving set essentials safe and free from harmful chemicals. A good shaving experience is modified and actually enjoyable when you take the time for it and use only natural ingredients. What’s great is that provides a wide variety of shaving products that you can bundle together for a special shaving experience. You can save time, money and get everything you need at the quality you can expect from us. Our mission is to bring back the high art of the ultimate shave for each and every man.