To clear any confusion right off the bat, Merkur is a subsidiary of Dovo and manufactures wetshaving equipment under the Dovo name.

Now that that’s out of the way, Dovo (a portmanteau of founders Dorp and Voos) itself has been around for just over one hundred years, and produces the some of the most recognizable and high quality straight razors out there.

The only real competitor to Dovo in the world of straight razors is the Thiers-Issard, who are somewhat behind in the US import market.

Of of my favorite recommendations is the disposable-blade Dovo Shavette.