05-05-2014, 05:12 PM
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I recently bought this straight from Takeshi Aoki of aframestokyo. I've bought several new old stock ones from him in the past. This one is obviously used.

Here's what the ad said about it:

TAMAKO YSK RAZOR Tamahagane 78mm Blade Straight Razor Masa Steel Made of Charcoal Iron Refined From Iron Sand Lower Temperature Hand Forging Process I think that it was made by a subsidiary company of Yasuki Steel Co.

The razor may not be beautiful but it is made from some very special steel. I may do some hand sanding and clean around the tang. Maybe I'll replace the scales, but they are original and in good shape.

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 05-05-2014, 05:22 PM
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Wonderful! I have wanted to ventured here. You recommend them?

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 05-05-2014, 05:43 PM
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Yes, Takeshi is a wonderful and gracious vendor. I've emailed him and gotten quick responses and have even called him once. I also negotiated the price on this one and it is still the most expensive razor in my collection.

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 05-05-2014, 05:49 PM
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Robert I will take a look at his site...is there anything there you think is a real gem remaining?

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 05-05-2014, 06:00 PM
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The ones with beautiful scales have been long gone, but he keeps putting up great razors at good prices. Several are up to 50% off his starting price.

Check out the Tanfuji in red scales, for cheaper the Tiger and Parker. The Hiyashi Diamond is a most sought after Japanese straight. I have 2. Or if you ever wanted a Corvette, you can have one that's a straight. The King Pelican is another sought after razor. The one Takeshi has just has black scales.

His most expensive western style Japanese straights are the Iwasaki. Nothing fancy, just great steel and scales and great lines.

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 05-05-2014, 06:03 PM
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I like the King Pelican!

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 05-05-2014, 09:00 PM
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Very nice Robert I saw the razor over on Aframestokyo, I have several razors made from Yasuki steel the steel comes from the Hitachi factory I have two at the moment with this steel both beautiful razors and fantastic shavers. PS Robert If I were you looking at the razor I would send it off for a restoration that blade and those scales could look like a new razor.

[align=center]Hitachi made razor.

A mark of worldwide pride R.S.C - 2 steel razor made
In the forge and fire of Hitachi Yasuki factory,
the bloom was given shape
finished with water-cooled polishing.

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 05-06-2014, 05:02 AM
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Jamie,

I have a Hoken 66 and a Kinsyo as well with the Yasuki steel. The Tamako is the only one that says hand forged and mentions the purest tamagahane iron sands, the masa.

I am considering restoring the razor, but have already put a lot of money into it.

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 05-06-2014, 07:15 PM
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Beautiful blades, gentlemen!
I got my Iwasaki Kamisori from him.

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 05-07-2014, 06:11 AM
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I picked up the Tamako yesterday, cleaned the tang around the pivot point with waxed floss and polished lightly with Fromm's leaving the hamon showing. It's a plain Jane looker, but I don't think I will do any further restoring. I don't want to mirror polish over the hamon from the tamahagane steel process. I wiped the scales with mineral oil and they look good enough for my purposes.

I finished up Takeshi's honing. He used 2000 and 6000 Shapton hones and worried about a chip he saw in the middle of the edge at 100X. I told him most of us just use 20X to 30X at the most to look at edges. I finished the honing with 8K and 12K Naniwa, chromium oxide on leather, diamond slurry on felt and cubic boron nitride on nanocloth over glass, followed by stropping on linen and various leather strops, Scrupleworks(Norway), Tony Miller Minimalist and an SRD strop.

The shave this morning...superb.

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 05-07-2014, 06:27 AM
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Someday I will own a fine Western style Japanese straight but it will likely be later this year. I have my eye on a few. My self imposed Minimalist rule is usually one in one out but I do not have any "outs" that I would trade off at the moment. There are 15 razors coming to me from Europe of which only one is a confirmed "keeper" perhaps I will use the funds gained from the sale of the remaining 14 to contemplate a Japanese Western. Both Robert and Jaime have inspired me no doubt.

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 05-07-2014, 06:23 PM
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Here's a photo of the Tamako after my first shave with it.

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Here's my Hoken 66, another Yusuki tamahagane steel razor.
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And my Fon Golden Star Kinsyo with clad tang, similar to Jamie's.[Image: XlCQWhS.jpg]

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 05-07-2014, 06:39 PM
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Beautiful razors, gentlemen ... Smile

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 05-25-2014, 04:53 PM
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Since viewing this thread I have purchased now 3 Western Japanese razors

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 05-25-2014, 05:12 PM
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Robert has totally turned me on to Japanese straights (western style). I've got several of his either here at my house or en route to me. The Kinsyo with clad tang is currently headed my way.

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 05-25-2014, 05:21 PM
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WOW i can cease to be amassed by the amount of beautyfull straight razors shown in this forum.

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 05-25-2014, 05:22 PM
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I feel the same way after discovering the Swedish straights. While Sheffield and Solingen are fine instruments, I really prefer the Swedes and now the Japanese as well. 3 Swedes, 3 Japanese, and 1 Sheffield are what my den consists of. Actually 1 Swede, an SSA and 1 Japanese, a NOS Kikuboshi 3500 are en route.

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 05-25-2014, 05:25 PM
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Got 3 straight razors on the way here, one from the USA and two from Belgium, thank you for taking my anxiety to a new peak Biggrin

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 05-25-2014, 07:21 PM
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(05-05-2014, 09:00 PM)Jamie Mahoney Wrote: Very nice Robert I saw the razor over on Aframestokyo, I have several razors made from Yasuki steel the steel comes from the Hitachi factory I have two at the moment with this steel both beautiful razors and fantastic shavers. PS Robert If I were you looking at the razor I would send it off for a restoration that blade and those scales could look like a new razor.

Hitachi made razor.

A mark of worldwide pride R.S.C - 2 steel razor made
In the forge and fire of Hitachi Yasuki factory,
the bloom was given shape
finished with water-cooled polishing.

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Those are simply stunning. I've got nothing close to those. Wow.

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 05-26-2014, 04:22 AM
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(05-25-2014, 07:21 PM)wingdo Wrote:
(05-05-2014, 09:00 PM)Jamie Mahoney Wrote: Very nice Robert I saw the razor over on Aframestokyo, I have several razors made from Yasuki steel the steel comes from the Hitachi factory I have two at the moment with this steel both beautiful razors and fantastic shavers. PS Robert If I were you looking at the razor I would send it off for a restoration that blade and those scales could look like a new razor.

Hitachi made razor.

A mark of worldwide pride R.S.C - 2 steel razor made
In the forge and fire of Hitachi Yasuki factory,
the bloom was given shape
finished with water-cooled polishing.

[Image: 1733c46a-900f-4f7f-92cc-44a313d6ca8f_zps...g~original]

[Image: 76d00461-6822-46b7-bd95-254315bce32b_zps...g~original]

Those are simply stunning. I've got nothing close to those. Wow.

Thanks Doug,

The truth is it's hard to find a poor Japanese razor they really do shave so well.

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