This page is part of the Interactive Guide to Straight Razor Shaving. As the question on Disposable Straight, disposable blades straight razors and Shavette is often discussed, this article will clarify the disposable straight. Thanks to dpmtherrien for this article.
What is it?
Dovo, and is not the correct name for any other disposable blade straights. These types of straights can cost from just a few dollars, and then run up into the hundreds of dollars for the better quality models. These types of straights have the same features, looks, and feel of a regular straight, are used in the same manner, and when used correctly will give an outstanding shave. The only difference between the two is that with the disposable blade straight there is no need to deal with having to strop or hone the blade. Its a simple matter of just changing the blade, the same as one does with a DE razor. When it comes to changing the blade this will depend on the users beard type. Some will get just a couple of shaves, while others may get five or more, here it's a strict YMMV. Having tried quite a few of the disposables, I've found they seem to fall into either the good to excellent, or the poor to really bad sides. Don't let price decide which model is right for you either. I've found really good disposables for around $15.00, and some really bad ones costing $40.00 and more. The main thing to look for is how good does the razor hold the blade. Is it a good solid fit, is the blade secure and is not going to move at all. Or is it somewhat of a loose fit, or will work its way loose. And does the razor feel good to hold. These are important features, and are something that you should notice right away. The razor should just feel right to you.
Feather Artist Club straights, the new Feather SS straight, the Kai disposable straights, and any of the Parker straights. I use the Feather and the Kai straights in both the folding and the non folding models, and I have all of the Parker straights. The prices of these straights go from the Parkers, which are under $20.00, up to the Feather and the Kai straights which will be between $150.00 up to the $200.00 range. And I should point out that any of the mentioned straights that I use are all excellent IMHO. Starting with the Parker straights which are very inexpensive straights, they are very well made, and have a very secure blade holding arm. Once in place the blade will not wobble or move around, and the razor has a really nice feel to it. The Parkers use half a disposable blade which is very easily snapped in half, and put in place in the razor. Use which ever brand you like and gives you the best shave results. The Feather's and the Kai's take their own blades which are put in place according to the directions supplied with each razor. In all cases blade insertion is simple and very easy to do, just follow the manufactures directions. The Feather or the Kai blades are made the same, and can be used with any of the Feather or Kai razors. Any of these straights provide a strong hold on the blade, which is a very important feature of any disposable blade straight. I found that using the Dovo shavette, the blade is just held in place with a piece of plastic sleeve which can allow the blade to wobble in the holder, and work itself loose over time. From the expensive Parkers up to the Feathers and the Kais, the blade is very secure. Once you've found the disposable blade straight that suits your needs, all that needs to be done is to practice and develop your technique of shaving with it. Any disposable blade straight is, and so is any regular straight, an open blade razor. They are both used the same way. So take your time and allow your technique to develop as you get comfortable with using this type of razor. Its been said that the disposable blade straights are less forgiving, and are quick to nick or cut you, while the regular straights are kinder, gentler, and more forgiving. Yes, I've found that to be true, and this is because no regular straight can be honed, or stropped to the sharpness of any DE or disposable blade. The trade off to this is the fact that any slight mistake might result in that nick or irritation. However with practice, experience, and technique, the rewards will be better, smoother, and quicker shaves.
Pros and Cons
- ^Dovo shavette - thoughts? - http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php/251735
- ^Parker Shavette question - http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php/210664
- ^looking for a nice shavette, yes a shavette - http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php/236189
- ^Parker Shavette - http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php/245153
- ^Shavette question - http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php/239664
- ^Shavette to start? - http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php/84222
- ^Shavette help needed - http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php/246394
- ^Is a disposable blade shavette sharper than most straights? - http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php/242484
- ^Dovo Shavette - http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php/238734
- ^*PICS* Feather Artist Club VS Stainless Dovo Shavette - http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php/47
- ^Feather Artist Club -- DX vs. RG - http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php/129116
- ^Feather Artist Club RG (final thoughts/review) - http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php/236