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Dovo Shavette: What Is It And Why Should I Use It?
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Dovo Shavette: What Is It And Why Should I Use It?

When you hear the words Dovo Shavette you are probably not too sure what I am talking about. Just by looking at the word structure you would probably guess that it has something to do with shaving, some sort of shaving instrument since you find the word "shave" in the "shavette".

However, you probably wouldn't guess that it's something a man would use to shave his beard as it does sound a little feminine. The "ette" at the end is usually found in words associated with women such as bachelorette, barrette, or brunette. Ok that last one might be a little bit of a stretch... :p

What a Dovo Shavette Is

To answer the question posed in the article title the Dovo Shavette is similar to a straight razor. I would consider them to be cousins of sorts. The main difference between the two is that a straight razor is a single piece of steel and you have hone and sharpen the shaving edge when it becomes dull. The Dovo Shavette takes disposable blades, so when the blade becomes dull you just replace the razor blade with a new one.

The blades it uses are called "DE" blades which stands for Double Edge. These blades are designed for safety razors which are the predecessors to the modern cartridge razors.

Benefits To Shaving With a Shavette

There are many benefits to using a shavette, the biggest benefit being cost. The blades are super cheap.

The next time you find yourself in Wal-mart or a drugstore for that matter go to the razor section. Chances are you will find DE blades called Wilkinson that cost less than $2.00 for a pack of 10. Now there is some debate of whether these blades are really high quality but even if you had to use a new one each time you shaved it would still be cheaper than buying mach 3 cartridges.

The reason is because you actually get 20 blades per pack. The Dovo shavette only takes one half of a DE razor, you snap it in half in order to use it. As a result that pack of 10 blades you bought actually gives you 20 blades. Essentially you could shave with a new blade every day for three weeks and it will only cost you less than $2.00 in razors. Let's see you do that with a cartridge razor, even the Dollar Shave Club can't beat those savings.

If you purchase blades online the savings are even better. Online you can find blades being sold in packs of 50 or even 100. If you buy in bulk you can buy blades for what amounts to five cents per blade. Yep, I said it. FIVE CENTS! That's unheard of in today's modern world of cartridge razors. Who said you can't buy anything for a dollar anymore? ;)

Let's Talk About Irritation

The second reason you might want to consider shaving with a shavette is due to irritation. A lot of people suffer from irritated faces when shaving with cartridge razors. This is mainly caused by the multiple blades in the razor. When you do a single pass with a Mach 3, for example, you are essentially doing three passes because there are three razors in the cartridge passing over your skin. With a shavette there is only one blade. As a result, there are a lot less blades in contact with your skin

Getting A Really Close Shave

The third reason you want to shave with a shavette is to get a close shave. If you are like me your skin is really forgiving and you can shave against the grain with a cartridge razor without getting razor burn. However, for a lot of people this is impossible.

This ties in with my second point. Because a lot of people get irritation when shaving, shaving against the grain is out of the question. To get a truly close shave you need to shave against the grain, not with a razor that has a gazillion blades. A lot of people find that after they switch over to a shavette that they can actually shave against the grain.

Shavette Disadvantages

There are a few disadvantages. When you are learning how to shave with a shavette you are going to nick yourself. There is no way around that. It will also take you a little longer to shave your face at first, especially if you are a pro with cartridge razors.

However, when you start shaving with a shavette you realize how nice it is to slow down and actually enjoy your shave. Shaving becomes enjoyable instead of displeasing chore that needs to be done.

Finally the handle of the Dovo shavette will cost you $20-$30, but you quickly make that back with what you save in razor blades.

Ultimately I believe that the advantages of using a shavette far out weigh the disadvantages.


Street Talk

This looks cool! Have you ever tried this out?

Reply
  about 9 years ago
  

Yes, I do. I shave both my head and my face with it. :) I also shave with a straight razor and what is called a japanese feather razor(the feather razor is similar to the shavette but more expensive and slightly different design). It's been a while since I've used a mach 3 to shave my head or face.

Reply
  about 9 years ago
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