by Clean Shaven Man
I tried this as an affordable step to transitioning from DE to a Straight. Some people consider these as a Frankenstein’s monster of a DE and Straight and refuse recognize some similarities and are pretty stubborn about its place and use, however if used correctly and a few adjustments are made the Shavette can make a good shaving tool, hopefully this review will be able to clarify some expectations. 1) A Shavette is really unforgiving with extremely sharp blades (i.e. feathers) and will likely require a downgrade in blade sharpness (i.e. merkur). I use feathers in my DE razors so my first natural instinct was to use these in the Dovo Shavette. This left me nicked and razor burned until I switched blades. I found out later that this made sense as a Straight is not nearly as sharp (even when honed and stopped to perfection by a professional). So the point here is you need to go through the match the blade to the razor and your skin type experiment again (blade sampler pack it), don’t be surprised if you end up using a blade you initially deplored during your DE days. 2) The weight is extremely light compared to a Straight. The Shavette will give you a lot of feedback, you will feel every hair being shorn. And because you have an exposed chemically sharpened blade against your face you want to start with very light pressure at the right angle and speed. A straight will use its weight (similar to a DE) to do most of the work. Here you have to do the work, this is part of the unforgiving aspect of a Shavette with the wrong blade in it. 3) The angle you will learn to shave at with the Shavette is basically the same as a Straight. The nice thing about the Shavette is that it has a fat “spine” so if your angle is to sharp or acute the flat of the razor will just slide across your face removing nothing. If you do this with a Straight you might skin thin slivers off your face. Again if the angle is too great you will cut yourself badly. In short the Shavette will give you the opportunity to start with a small angle and slowly progress to the perfect shave angle, just try not to overshoot. 4) Due to the light construction and ample feedback you will want to control your speed consistently when shaving, moving the blade to slow can cause it to skip between hairs, as it is more difficult to control the pressure at lower speeds as you shear though the hair and may cause some serious razor burn and nicks. And going to fast is obvious in the fact that you might just skin yourself if you abruptly change the angle or do something stupid. But it’s the too slow of a shave that I want to emphasize . 5) The construction is simple and of course cheap. You could upgrade it with a nice set of scales. One important point is when you get the shavette check how the blade fits the sheath when it is in the spine style holder. The blade may appear to look loose, and likely is, and will look warped this is because it is not in the holder tight enough. Some people shim the gap to get a tight and straight blade fit. I put the prong side into a vice with a cloth on each side to prevent scratching and just squeeze it closed a little so that the sheath blade combo would then fit in tight and snug resulting in a straight blade edge presentation. If the blade looks wavy you will have an uneven shaving edge and if your shave is not perfect it will nick/cut you. With my diatribe out of the way I would recommend this, it’s great to start the transition to a Straight as long as you are aware of the above differences, it’s reasonably priced and there is little maintenance. It makes a great traveling razor. I also recommend the Dovo long blades for it if the cost of the blades doesn’t scare you. If it does scare you like I mentioned above do the old ‘pack sampler” to figure it out. If you can perfect a Shavette shave (the most difficult razor I have had to use, but gives an unbelievable shave once mastered) I feel you will make short work of mastering a Straight.
Rating: [4 of 5 Stars]
by Massimo Guido
well made tool if you must use a shavette but you are better off buying a good Dovo Straight razor even with the cost of a strop you'll get a better shave for less and more fun...
Rating: [3 of 5 Stars]