Founded in 1906, the company DOVO Steelware of Solingen, Germany was originally purely a factory producing straight razors, with a forge and hollow grinding shop employing thirteen workers. The name DOVO derives from the names of the founders of the company, Mr. Dorp and Mr. Voos. As a mark of German craftsmanship, the name “Solingen” enjoys the confidence of the whole world. In order to keep this trust and with it the reputation of the Solingen cutting tools, and to prevent misuse of this name, the German government passed a law in 1938 to protect the name of Solingen. The law contains stipulations regarding the geography of the production area. If an article is manufactured in Solingen but the raw materials are produced elsewhere, the article may not bear the Solingen name. This law distinguishes between so-called hot-forged and the cold-forged items, which cannot bear the Solingen mark of quality.
The name Dovo of Solingen, is therefore synonymous with unsurpassed German engineering and hot forged steel producing the world’s finest shaving razors.