This is a repost that I posted in the general straight razor discussion, but I didn't really get any good answers. I'm hoping that here I might get some better input.
My favorite razor, hands down, over anything else I've ever shaved with, is a lowly Dovo Solingen Best Quality. It is the 6/8 version in FULL hollow.
For some reason I get the best shaves off of this. Furthermore, I can touch it up on my stone and it returns to super sharp everytime.
I have owned : Thiers Issards, High end Dovo's (Micarta and currently a Bismark), as well as a nice custom Wapi. None of these razors shave me as well or keep the edge as well as my cheapo Dovo.
Right now I'm considering trading my Bismark away because I just don't like the way it shaves me. When I first got it, it shaved very well and was amazingly sharp, but I haven't been able to get it even close to as sharp as my Best Quality.
Am I just doing it wrong? I'm open to any suggestions/criticism you got. I love the look of my Bismark, but I grab the Best Quality 9 times out of 10 just because I know I'll get an amazing shave.
I use a Spyderco hone. I have the fine and extra fine. I touch up both razors with the exact same method, same pressure, same routine.
It is most noticeable when I shave my chin. When I use my BQ, it mows through it with no noticable pull, one pass and it's bbs. When I use the Bismark it still cuts pretty close, but it's nowhere near as comfortable. It pulls like a mother. I can still get a good shave, it just doesn't feel as smooth.
For the record, I strop on a wonderful Tony Miller (can't say enough about how nice it works) Latigo strop with canvas first and then leather.
I'd love any input, thoughts, etc. I know that I can send it out, and yes I have a great razormeister that does wonderful work, but I'm about 2 years into wet shaving now and I want to start learning how to do my own touch ups. I do great with the Dovo BQ...but the Bismark has me puzzled. Any thoughts are greatly appreciated.
-Matt (aka Kopio)