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Who makes the best Kamisori razor. Thread starter Caber Start date Mar 29, I may need some one to educate me on that. I am wanting to know who excels in making hand forged Kamisori straight razor. Especially hand forged Damascus. Tamehagane or Swedish Steel. Steve56 said:. All traditional Japanese kamisori are asymmetric. There are some symmetric grinds. If you do not want asymmetric, you do not want traditional kamisori. I have a few, vintage I think.
All pretty good. I came across one that had some edge damage and my washita's wouldn't hardly touch that steel. Anyone know the maker? If you want a symmetric grind, Brian Brown makes a nice one he may currently be on hiatus, though. Anybody who makes custom razors could likely also make a non-folding Western grind razor for you. Just ask them and see. I definitely want the western grind.
Who makes the best Kamisori razor.
You might ask Takeshi at AFramesTokyo.September 18, 5 min read. Naked Armor. Published by Naked Armor. A kami—what? You, oh American reader, secure and smug in the straight and narrow ways of Western traditional wet shaving, would probably be surprised to know that there is a whole other world out there beyond safety and straight razors. As it happens, some Crazy Rich Asian probably invented a kamisori too. Well, at least centuries ago.
In feudal Japan. Hence, the name Kamisori Razor is kinda redundant, since the Japanese refer to any kind of razor as kamisori.
Yes, even your basic cartridge disposable is a kamisori-from their point of view. What the West means though, when referring to Kamisori, is the Japanese version of a straight razor. The Kamisori is a continuous piece of steel with a flat-headed blade on one end and a thin, long handle on the other. For better grip, however, its handle is traditionally covered by twine and rubber. A Kamisori is also designed to be used with only one side. If you are right-handed, you will need a Kamisori right handed blade.
The reason why there are separate kamisori blades for righties and lefties is that of the way they are ground. The Sharpologist has an excellent explanation on why there are two versions of the blade.
Unlike western ones, Japanese razor blades are ground unequally. This means that one side, called Urawill have a significant hollow, while the opposite side, called the Omotewill be slightly ground out.
The reason for this is because Japanese blades are traditionally made of soft iron and hard steel. The steel is used as a cutting edge, while the iron is used as a base for the steel. Since iron is soft, it needs to be thicker to be able to support honing. The Ura part is the steel portion and so requires sharpening, while the Omote is the iron portion, so it is left largely unground. If you are a lefty, you will need to use a Kamisori with an Ura favoring your left side.This super rare unused Iwasaki razor is part of my private collection.
Please email me to request quote. I have only ever seen 2 NOS ones, and I own them both. I have one son, so I only to keep one. My personal Iwasaki Razor is a restored one, and you only need one A word of caution; as this is a razor you only need one of.
If I had to shave with only one straight razor it would be my Iwasaki Tamahagane. She may remind you that you said that should you somehow manage to find 2 NOS ones later. And it's true, you only need one. I have, I just wouldn't know and I don't know any other shavers that know that from experience either. The special tamahagane used to make this blade took Iwasaki san 10 years to develop, as the HRC of Katana blades wasn't high enough for edge retention of a razor.
Not by Iwasaki's standards. The blade edge on this razor is hardened to a stupefying 67 HRC steel 'should' be brittle and shatter at this hardness when thinned to a razors edge.
However from experience with my personal used one and my Iwasaki Tamahagane Kamisori and from other lucky Iwasaki owners- they don't. The forging and metallurgic control Iwasaki San had over steel was simply perfect.
Unfortunately, When sanjo forge was moved years ago the equipment used to make the Tamahagane was damaged beyond repair and plans were never enacted to rebuild. Sadly Iwasaki san is a bit senile at 82 years of age and I believe and agree with the estimations of others that another Iwasaki Tamahagane razor will never be made. Neither the Kamisori or the far rarer western straight.
If you cannot afford a Tamahagane Iwasaki, don't despair. I have several new ones that I will be adding to the site and they are much more attainably priced.
I have one in my rotation at all times myself. It is gently set atop one of my favorite kiita for composition only. It has never been honed and is astounding. Iwasaki is on another level entirely. As such, honing one of these is it's own reward and it takes time.
Kamisori western grind custom?
So does dulling it, it holds its edge above all. Free U. Log in. Cart 0. Menu Cart 0. The forging and metallurgic control Iwasaki San had over steel was simply perfect Unfortunately, When sanjo forge was moved years ago the equipment used to make the Tamahagane was damaged beyond repair and plans were never enacted to rebuild. Serious inquiries: E-mail for Price. More from this collection.Advanced Search Search Tips.
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Product Description I am truly impressed with this latest blade from Alex. Enter your name: optional Enter the code below:. Sign up to our newsletter Your Name: Your Email:. Connect with us: Facebook YouTube Pinterest.Western shaving world is dominated by disposable razors. These short-term use razors are made to be safe and easy to use. For people that want a little more out of their shaving experience, straight razors are is still a mysterious and masculine choice.
These fascinating blades present a different level of control and danger at the same time. For those that are looking for the best the world has to offer on straight razors, the highest of the high is the Kamisori straight razor out of Japan.Japanese Kamisori Honing (Shapton Pro and Jnats)
The Kamisori straight razor is rich in centuries of history and are referred to as the top level of craftmanship in straight razors. It is not as easy to pick up and use the kamisori as with their disposable cousins. With a history dating back years, kamisori razors are a static blade design that evokes the look of a samurai sword.
The unique design was created originally for monks who used them to shave their heads, and later was adapted to the clean-shaven samurai. The blade itself is grounded on both sides, compared to one side on their western versions.
Amano San Western Grind Kamisori
Another crucial difference of the kamisori compared to their brothers around the world, is the challenge of learning to properly use the razor.
Unlike the traditional straight razor, the kamisori blade has a completely different angle, which takes time to adjust too. Though once mastered, it really does deliver an incredible shave that speaks for itself. One of the coolest things about kamisori razors is the appearance, the design is simply striking. There is no actual handle, so you hold on to the thinner part of the kamisori itself, this gives a truly different level of control. Not everyone might feel enriched by the history or the Japanese culture surrounding the kamisori.
If you fall in that category than why should you try this blade? Some experts of using this blade suggest that there truly is a therapeutic sense to using the kamisori. The focus, calm, and patience it takes to shave with one, brings a feeling of calm and accomplishment. You can feel the great deal of care and attention that went into the creation of the blade, and that quality is a big reason for its popularity.
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Kamisori western grind custom? Thread starter Mushraeddur Start date Nov 24, I am looking to put some money aside to get a custom kamisori with a western grind. I have a few vintage straights that I have learned on over the past few months.
I have my technique pretty good, at least I am pleased with the shaves I am getting. I also have a feather ac ss that i have used for over a year now and have become pretty proficient with.
I prefer the smaller blade size of it to the longer sr blades. I also prefer the non-folding handle to the scales. I know from switching to sr that they shave a little differently than a feather or any other shavette style razor for that matter. Anyways, the kamisori straight seems to have what I like. Shorter blade, non-folding handle, and the ability for me to be self sufficient by honing the blade myself. I have looked at many posts and websites, and I just don't have a clue who I want to make my first custom razor ever.
I plan to budget around I know some of these razors go well above that. I want to get the absolute best bang for my buck. If design is important based on the craftsman's style, I generally prefer simple designs.
Attention to detail is still important to me, but simpler is generally more appealing to me. I want some type of grip or wrap on the handle for comfort but nothing overly complex or fancy with any aspect of the razor's design.
As mentioned previously, I would like a western grind full hollow maybe? I do not know enough about metals to know what would be best, so I leave that up to those of you who are more knowledgeable than I am.
So, if you were me and had the same tastes as mentioned above, who would you commision for such a task and please explain why?Amano san. If item is avilable at your preferred store, you can select curbside pickup at the checkout. Typically Japanese razors are all ground unevenly, with an edge that leans to one side and is a little challenging to get used to. While there is nothing wrong with this design, Amano san has crafted a razor that combines the best of both worlds: Japanese ergonomics and performance, with a western-style grind.
This means that this razor is quite precise and easy to learn with, but presents fewer of the challenges that traditional Japanese or European straight-razors offer. Kamisoris are made from incredibly hard steel that will keep their edge longer than most European blades, and the steel is laminated to softer steel to offer protection against chipping and cracking.
In he began mailing us prototypes to shave will, and report back our results. From the beginning his edges were fantastic, and with some feedback his blades quickly took the comfortable, balanced blade that you see today. Brands Castelbel Crown Shaving Co. Floris of London Layrite Reuzel Schaf. Shaving Brands Castle Forbes D. Niegeloh Kent. Add to Cart.
This razor is made from high carbon steel, which is capable of amazing sharpness and great edge retention but requires a little extra care.
All straight razors must be stropped before use, to straighten burrs and polish the edge for the smoothest shave possible. You may also like. Subscribe Sign up to get the latest on sales, new releases and more ….