DOVO Solingen

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DOVO Stahlwaren GmbH & Co. KG
Founded1906; 117 years ago (1906)
FounderCarl Dorp
Carl Arthur Voos
  • Razors
  • razor blades
  • razor strops
  • shaving brushes
  • scissors
  • manicure tools
  • DOVO Stahlwaren
  • Shavette
  • Bismarck
Number of employees
70 (2016)
WebsiteOfficial website Edit this at Wikidata

DOVO Solingen, DOVO Steelware, or simply DOVO, is an independent German company, based in Solingen. They are a manufacturer of scissors, shaving equipment such as straight razors and safety razors, as well as manicure tools.[1] DOVO was founded in 1906. The name derives from the last names of the original founders Carl Dorp + Carl Arthur Voos.[2] Starting from 1950s onwards DOVO has acquired multiple companies like Tennis (1952), Bismarck (1957), "Ankerflagge" (1957), "Teufelskerle" (1968). "Kronpunkt" (1969), Fontana (1970), Heups & Hermes company (1973)

As of 31 December 2001, the company employed 86 staff, who produced a daily output of 1200 scissors, 900 nippers, and 150 open razors and shavers. 75% of these products were exported to other countries, while the remaining 25% were sold in Germany.[3] Since the early 2000s, the company has seen an increase in demand and as of 2016 produced tens of thousands of razors a year, with 20 employees working exclusively on razors.[4]

Since 2013 DOVO moved towards focusing mainly on their shaving products and introducing new range of straight razors.[5]


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  1. ^ DOVO - Products Archived 2011-08-29 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ DOVO - History Archived 2009-05-23 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Shackleford, Steve (5 January 2010). Blade's Guide to Knives & Their Values. Iola, Wisconsin: Krause Publications. p. 68. ISBN 978-1-4402-1505-6.
  4. ^ "The German smithies forging cut-throat razors for the world". The Local de. The Local Europe AB. 1 June 2016. Retrieved 14 November 2019.
  5. ^ Werbeagentur, Diners. "DOVO Solingen | The History". Retrieved 2018-08-28.

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