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A German craftsman forges a small blade in a workshop where sparks are flying, water is gushing and business is good, thanks to a worldwide revival of the straight or cut-throat razor shave.The small enterprise was established as Dovo Steelware in 1906 in Solingen, Germany's "blade capital" whose craftsmen made swords and daggers in the Middle Ages and are now better known for knives and cutlery.With its elongated handle and long, folding blade, this type of razor almost vanished in the second half of the 20th century, with the advent of disposable and electric shavers.Since early 2000, Dovo has boosted its production of razors from a few thousand to tens of thousands a year.It's the same story at knife-maker Boeker, also in Solingen, which said that demand had about doubled annually in recent years as cutthroat razors have become especially popular in Europe and the U.S.
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