Posts Tagged ‘Merkur Razors’

Dealing with the Merkur Progress Annoyances

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Merkur razors are great, even excellent, but they are not perfect. There is no exception for the Merkur Progress which presents some annoyances (check our Merkur Progress review). The detailed video below shows how to grip the Merkur Progress Safety Razor and how to calibrate the adjustement scale. With so much help, you should be fine and enjoy a great shave with this great double edge razor.

Merkur Futur review: Dovo’s Double Edge Safety Razor

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Merkur Futur 760 Safety Razor with Satin Chrome Finish

Merkur Futur 760 Safety Razor with Satin Chrome Finish

To summarise in one sentense the Merkur Futur safety razor: Classic double edge razor for the perfect shave. The Merkur Futur, the little brother of the Merkur Vision 2000, is a classic among double edge razors. Engineered and manufactured to last in Solingen in Germany, Dovo Merkur has a reputation for producing razors of the highest quality with premium steel, a beautifully crafted tool worth every penny. The Futur Brushed Steel Razor is both stylish and practical with the traditional steel blade providing a perfect shave days after days. Purchasing a Merkur Futur Razor, it’s a garanty of having the best shaving tool available to join your shaving brush in your bathroom!

This double edge razor is available in 3 finishes:

- Merkur Futur Safety Razor with Brushed Steel Finish - £42.95
- Merkur Futur 760 Safety Razor with Satin Chrome Finish - £44.99
- Merkur Futur 761 Safety Razor with Chrome Finish - £44.99

You could also get the luxury Merkur Futur Shaving set in Chrome or Matt, containing a shaving soap bowl, a luxury Pure Badger hair shaving brush, Merkur Futur safety razor and a shaving stand (Merkur Shaving Sets are priced at £159.99).

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Dovo Merkur Trademarks history

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

I love logos since I am very young as they express a lot about a company with only a few lines and characters. As you already know, I also like Dovo of Solingen, the manufacturer of the famous Merkur Razors. This is a collection of Dovo’s logos / trademarks through history. Enjoy :)

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Maintenance of Merkur Safety Razors

Monday, December 8th, 2008

A Merkur Razor is a quality piece of engineering and it should be treated as such. Please note that failure to follow these maintenance guidelines fron Merkur regarding their safety razors could invalidate your warranty.

Maintenance of Merkur Rarzors

Maintenance of Merkur Rarzors

In order to prolong the live of your Merkur safety razor, it is necessary to clean the moving parts of the razor after each shave, for example with a soft nail brush or tooth brush. Only if the soap residue is removed thoroughly, the mechanics of your razor will work satisfyingly in the long run. It is suggested to completely break down your razor for a thorough cleaning with each new blade that you install in the razor.

In contact with hard or/and calciferous water, all parts of the razor need to be decalcified regularly (depending on the concentration of limescale in your water). These parts should be put into a diluted and lukewarm decalcifying solution (scrubbling bubbles) for a maximum of 15 to 30 minutes. During that time, it is recommended to move these parts in the solution every few minutes, so the solution can get into every crevice. A more extended contact with the decalcifying solution will damage the surface and corrode the metal of the safety razor.

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History behind the Merkur razors: DOVO of Solingen

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

This is a brief history of my favorite razor brand: Merkur Solingen. The company Dovo Steelware was founded in Germany, near Solingen, in 1906. Its founders, Mr Dorp and Mr Voos used the first letters of their surname to their company DOVO of Solingen .

DOVO Company: The small knight with sword and hammer

DOVO Company: The small knight with sword and hammer

The original products manufactured by its factory were straight razor. The factory, emplying only 13 staff at the time, had its own forge and hollow grinding shop. The company had such a great success that by 1930, the town of Solingen had become bigger. The local authorities passed a law in 1938 to ‘trademark’ the name of Solingen as a symbol of quality and greater pride.

Poster of the original factory

Poster of the original factory

DOVO of Solingen had made its products famous in Western Europe and North America. When the original founders decided to retire, Fritz Bracht became the director of the DOVO Company a few months before the Second World War.

The razor market had a huge shake with the appearance of the electric razor. Fritz Bracht needed to diversify its range of products by creating a new source of income with hair scissors. This gentleman went directly to local shops and salons in his own town and in large cities to learn everything he needed to know to manufacture a new type of hair scissors. He designed the EUREKA, a new model of hair and thinning scissors with a curved cutting edge. This new addition to the range of DOVO’s products give a second life to the company after the war.

EUREKA: a new model of hair and thinning scissors

EUREKA: a new model of hair and thinning scissors

A young technician named Mr Mertens joined the company in 1951. With the help of other artisans, and with his personal motivation, he put more strength in the production of scissors and straight blade.

As years passed, the company got more and more famous for the high quality of its blades, the design of its razor, and the increasing interest on their classical line of grooming products. Today, DOVO of Solingen’s catalogue of products is sold around the world, in 120 countries.

Catalogue 2008 of Merkur Razors (Dovo)

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

As many fans of Merkur, I always like to have a look at the new razors and accessories from this German manufacturer. Dovo’s Merkur 2008 catalogue (slow to load…)

Merkur Razors - Catalogue 2008

Merkur Razors - Catalogue 2008

As soon as the new catalogue is available, I will provide you the link.


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