This Dovo Straight Razor has silver etching on a carbon steel blade forged in Solingen, Germany. The handle is black plastic. The blade is 5/8″ wide and is half-hollow ground. Etched on the blade is Col. Icabod Conk, and on the shank is Dovo, Solingen. This straight razor comes in a black plastic box. Imported by Colonel Ichabod Conk Products, Inc. from Dovo in Solingen, Gemany.
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The carbon steel blade has these advantages: the edge is easier to sharpen and the blade generally holds a sharper edge longer. However, if not dried properly, or if it is exposed to humidity or dampness, a carbon blade will rust.
The blade of your open straight razor has a very fine and vulnerable cutting edge. Cutting other materials than beard hair may damage or destroy it. Careful stropping of the blade before shaving maintains the blade’s cutting ability for several months, but too much pressure on the strop can damage the fine cutting edge. After use, the blade and handle have to be cleaned and dried carefully. In case of long term storage, the blade should be lubricated and lightly but entirely covered by oil.