The German smithies forging cut-throat razors for a world

A German craftsman forges a tiny blade in a seminar where sparks are flying, H2O is purgation and business is good, interjection to a worldwide reconstruction of a true or cut-throat razor shave.

“At a place, many work is finished by hand,” says a unapproachable Ulrich Wiethoff, executive of a Dovo factory, as he wanders past workers who polish, sharpen, polish and package a razors.

The tiny craving was determined as Dovo Steelware in 1906 in Solingen, Germany’s ‘blade capital’, whose craftsmen done swords and daggers in a Middle Ages and are now improved famous for knives and cutlery.

Dovo — a association pitch a tiny horseman with sword and produce — now has some 70 employees. It also produces hairdressers’ scissors and manicure sets though owes a celebrity to a true razors, of that it is one of a world’s heading manufacturers.

With a elongated hoop and prolonged folding blade, this form of razor roughly dead in a second half of a 20th century, with a appearance of disposable and electric shavers.

But “in a past 10 years, there has been a rebirth of normal shred with a masculine open and a really clever liberation in demand,” says Wiethoff, presenting a showcase of superb razors firm for conveyance around a world.

Gentleman’s accessory

The cut-throat razor has done a quip as an essential gentleman’s accessory, a immaculate steel blade that typically slips into a wooden or fabrication tortoiseshell, ivory or mother-of-pearl handle.

Since early 2000, Dovo has increased a prolongation of razors from a few thousand to tens of thousands a year. Twenty employees now work exclusively on a shavers, opposite only 3 in 2000.

It’s a same story during blade builder Böker, also in Solingen, that pronounced that direct had about doubled annually in new years as cut-throat razors have turn generally renouned in Europe and a United States.

“Men take some-more caring of themselves … and it roughly fundamentally leads to a rediscovery of a aged process of classical shaving,” pronounced Chris Kurbjuhn, author of a German blog Nassrasur (Wet Shave).

“Running a shred brush with froth opposite a beard, gliding a blade opposite your skin in assent and quiet, it’s like a ritual, it reflects a lapse to a certain character of manhood,” pronounced a ardent fan.

Open razors are now discussed on blogs, websites and online videos, while coiffeur shops and Internet retailers are creation a sprightly trade with shred paraphernalia, from pester hair brushes and shred soap to cowhide strops for sharpening.

The razor’s retro interest has been increased in renouned culture. In a 2012 James Bond film “Skyfall”, Daniel Craig shaves with a true razor, while a decade earlier, in “Die Another Day”, Pierce Brosnan had opted for a electric variety.

‘Vintage trend’

“Today people are ill and sleepy of consumerism and brands,” pronounced Geoffrey Bruyere, co-founder of Bonne Gueule, a French-language masculine conform blog.

“We are witnessing a selected trend, a lapse to authentic things. It’s a really anti-consumerist and a really epicurean approach” that, given a cost tag, is expected to stay singular to a tiny series of men, he said.

Moreover, when it comes to training a art of a true razor shave, “you can’t only do this overnight,” pronounced Kurbjuhn.

“You have to learn a right steps… This kind of trim takes a small some-more time and is not really suitable for group in a hurry.”

And even if “a well-kept true razor lasts a lifetime,” he added, a around €150 starting price, and a cost of a concomitant materials, are a separator for many.

The Solingen craftsman seem to like it this way.

“We do not wish to make a mass-market product,” pronounced Carsten Felix-Dalichow, executive of Böker. “We wish to keep alive a suggestion of craftsmanship and of a workshop.”

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