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Dovo 5 58130 Astrale Straight Razor, 5/8 Inch Half Hollow Ground Swedish Steel Blade, Ebony Handle, Germany. This top quality Dovo straight razor has gold etching on a carbon steel blade forged in Solingen, Germany. The handle is excellent quality laminated wood with an ebony finish. The blade is 5/8" wide. This straight razor comes in a blue metallic case. Imported directly from Dovo in Solingen, Germany.
The carbon steel blade has these advantages: the edge is easier to sharpen and the blade generally holds an edge better. However, if not dried properly, or if it is exposed to humidity or dampness, a carbon blade will rust.
The blade of your 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 entirely covered by oil. .
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