Japanese Straight Razor (Wa-kamisori)

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Product Description for Japanese Straight Razor (Wa-kamisori)

Maker: Shigeyoshi Iwasaki (click to see more by this maker)
Price: $349.00
Item num: 86362
Cutting edge length: 1.95 in.
Total length: 6.38 in.
Blade height (at heel): 0.85 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.20 in.
Item weight: 1.52 oz.
Shipment weight: 3.6 oz.
Description: Shaving can be a drudgery or an indulgence. For the best shaving experience, you should consider trying a Kamisori, the traditional Japanese straight razor. After your first use, you will never forget it! Although the close shave of this straight razor is unparalleled, it does take some time and practice to achieve perfection. Although it may be difficult at first, with practice and patience, the Japanese straight razor is easy to master.
The long history of Japanese straight razors can be traced back over 1,400 years. The razor was originally used to shave monks' heads during rituals. In the Middle Ages, they were used to shave the heads of warriors.
Although Japanese razors are sharpened on both sides like Western razors, they are not symmetrical. One side is flat-concave and called "Ura" and the other is oblique-concave and called "Omote".
This Wa-kamisori, Japanese straight razor, is a perfect example of the Japanese aesthetic. This razor was produced in the workshop of bladesmith Shigeyoshi Iwasaki (b. 1933), in cooperation with his apprentice Ryoichi Mizuochi. Shigeyoshi-san is the son of renowned metallurgist and sword researcher, Hiroshi Iwasaki, who is well respected as a leading authority on traditional forging techniques. Shigeyoshi Iwasaki is considered by many to be the greatest straight razor maker of all time. His work is quite simply beyond compare.
Made of the finest carbon steel and fire-forged with Rentetsu iron (wrought iron), the blade is polished with natural sharpening stones. The blade bear's Iwasake's mark on the back of the blade.
These razors are a source of great pleasure for collectors and users alike. Delivered in a beautiful kiri-wood case.

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