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    Hi everyone,

    From what I've read in the forum, I'm about to ask the question everyone does, but please bear with me because I've not seen a straight answer.

    I'm getting my boyfriend a straight razor for his birthday in a few weeks and can't decide which handle to go with. I've decided that I'm going to buy a Dovo, but now need to know which handle will last the longest - bone, mother-of-pearl, wood or horn? I want something really good quality and lasting - can you recommend which might be best?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Girlfriend View Post
    Hi everyone,

    From what I've read in the forum, I'm about to ask the question everyone does, but please bear with me because I've not seen a straight answer.

    I'm getting my boyfriend a straight razor for his birthday in a few weeks and can't decide which handle to go with. I've decided that I'm going to buy a Dovo, but now need to know which handle will last the longest - bone, mother-of-pearl, wood or horn? I want something really good quality and lasting - can you recommend which might be best?

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    Lucky boyfriend! It's really a matter of aesthetics. They will all last a lifetime if cared for properly -- and that's a matter of general upkeep and common sense and not anything tedious.

    Where are you looking to buy the razor from?

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    Welcome to the site!

    You're in the right place to get your questions answered, and your boyfriend is a lucky guy....! Nuthin' like a razor for your birthday, they're a great gift!

    To answer your question, all will last a long time if you look after them and keep them dry. Once you start getting water/soap on them and not taking care of the razor, thats when you'll run in to problems such as a rusty blades and scales playing up.

    When he gets the razor, make sure he only gets the blade wet, not the scales or pivot area where the blade joins the scales (the handle). Once he's done shaving he should make sure that the razor is dried thoroughly and that there is no water or lather on the razor anywhere. Check in between the scales as this is a common area where water can get caught, and once you close the razor the blade makes contact with the water and then you can get rust and water spots.

    As long as he looks after it and keeps it dry, it should last for decades! I have bone handled razors from the mid 1800's, and they are still going strong.

    Good luck, great choice of gift and keep us posted!

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    Well I've been really predictable and been in to Harrods and Selfridges and Truefitt and Hill (but they don't actually have any, surprisingly), so I'm going to try Trumpers this week. I'm assured they have some Dovo horn ones, which I'll probably go with - does horn sound like a good bet?

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    It's really a matter of personal taste and budget rather than longevity. Any of them should last longer than your boyfriend, even if both are properly cared for!

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    Right, I was obviously too slow in writing my reply - thank you both - horn it is.
    Yes, he's a lucky guy!

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    I say go with bone handle. There is something manly about that. Your boyfriend gets to say he shaves with a razor that has a handle made from the bones of an animal. Very caveman. Horn is my second choice

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    If you buy it in a retail store then make sure they offer proper sharpening. The retail razors are usually sharp, but not smooth enough to have a good shave with and I'm not sure if the retail stores provide that service.

    If time is on your side and you're in the U.S. then I'd suggest checking out Straight Razor Designs which is run by the founder of this site. They have a wide variety of new Dovos, all competitively priced. The real value is that the owner, Lynn, sharpens them himself and also offers a voucher for a free second sharpening.

    Whatever you wind up doing, have your boyfriend sign up here or at least read some of the various threads and our wiki regarding shaving prep, technique and safety. We also have a Ladies Corner should you get interested yourself!

    Good luck, keep us posted, and feel free to ask any additional questions you might have!

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    Although it's not part of your question, since you have a few weeks you may want to purchase from a vendor that sells honed straight razors.

    You can't shave with a straight razor until it's been honed.

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    Wherever you buy it, if it's not honed, it'll need doing or you'll put the chap off for life!

    Here are a couple of reputable places online, the owners are members here.

    Strop Shop Neil.

    Invisible Edge Steve.

    They'll be able to sell you what you really need, as they're interested, whereas the outlets you have mentioned rarely have a clue.

    Don't forget a strop.


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    Although it's not part of your question, since you have a few weeks you may want to purchase from a vendor that sells honed straight razors.

    You can't shave with a straight razor until it's been honed.
    I type slow!
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