10-06-2014, 01:13 AM
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Inspired by my recent acquisition of a WW1 Gillette Khaki, I have looked at what other military razors there are out there... these are supposedly Imperial Japanase razors from WW2, spotted on ebay.

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This was described as "Original and very scarce JAPANESE ARMY WW2 ISSUE FOLDING ALL STEEL RAZOR". Length closed 8 cm open 14 cm. This type of razor was held in the open position by holding down the thumb catch, according to the description. It did not lock nor have a spring.

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This straight was described as "JAPANESE ARMY WW2 ISSUE STRAIGHT RAZOR". Length 13 cm, it looks almost like a number of modern shavettes - from the photos it looks like a folded over piece of sheet metal gripping a SE-blade.

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 10-06-2014, 01:27 AM
  • Johnny
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Interesting. That first one looks like a multi purpose tool.

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 10-06-2014, 06:50 AM
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I doubt very much If the top knife was used as a razor but incorrectly label a razor, as a knife collector and straight razor user these type of knives are still very popular amongst Japanese custom knife makers they call them lockback folders take a look at the link, another thing if it were for shaving then it wouldn't have that grind on the blade.


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 10-06-2014, 07:45 AM
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(10-06-2014, 06:50 AM)Jamie Mahoney Wrote: ...if it were for shaving then it wouldn't have that grind on the blade.

Good point - caveat emptor for whoever ends up buying it then. Me, I just like looking at old military razors Biggrin

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 10-07-2014, 02:46 AM
  • oscar11
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The top one is a knife, actually they're still available.
Probably the Japanese version of a K55, Opinel or in our case and older Case knife. It serves it purpose and doesn't break the bank. Sorry, I tried to delete this after Jamies answer but couldn't

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 10-07-2014, 11:01 AM
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Very interesting info, gentlemen! Smile

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