10-18-2016, 10:54 AM
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I came across this video Shigeyoshi Iwasaki which I found of particular interest, being the owner of one his original razors made by this Mans very own hand which feels kind of special part of a selective band just to think he once forged and ground my very razor that I shave with makes it feel very special indeed.


Made by the legendary blacksmith Mr. Shigeyoshi Iwasaki was born in 1933
and was trained by among others his father Dr. Iwasaki Kousuke that
designed Iwasaki Kamisori also a metallurgist famous for classifying
Japanese steels i.e. "yellow paper", "white paper", "blue paper" etc.
He also took part in an investigation of ancient swords and knives kept
at Syousou-In, a treasure house built in the 8th century.
When he was not in his forge, he teached technical skills and
metallurgy theory to young blacksmiths from Sanjo as Shigefusa and
Yoshikane.
This one is Old and made By Iwasaki himself ! Western Iwasaki
razors is very Rare and very hard to find.
Many Japanese collectors are also on search for them so for us outside
Japan it is even harder to get !


Collector Item

Steel: Swedish Carbon Steel
Hardness: ca. 64 HRC
Length: 71 mm
Length height: 23 mm








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 10-18-2016, 11:49 AM
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  • Entasis
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Jamie,

Your passion for Japanese straight razors is fantastic and informative. Beautiful homage and razor.

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 10-18-2016, 11:51 AM
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Thanks for sharing, Jamie, and those Iwasakis are just beautiful!

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 10-18-2016, 06:28 PM
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Awesome video and incredible looking razors!

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 10-18-2016, 07:50 PM
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  • EricM
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Super cool!! You have a treasure!

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 10-18-2016, 11:27 PM
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Wow! What a beauty of a razor.


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 10-19-2016, 04:26 AM
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Great video and incredible razor!

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 10-19-2016, 05:57 AM
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  • evnpar
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Thanks for sharing the video, Jamie. They are indeed, "The Holy Grail."

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 10-19-2016, 07:01 AM
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Amazing video of one of the pioneering masters. Thanks for the share. 

I've come across a while back postings that Iwasaki-san wrote a book on honing, have you seen or read that? I've seen it a few years ago when I was first interested (but not yet into straights then), it translated from his native Japanese.. if I can find it again I will share that.

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 10-19-2016, 07:05 AM
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Very nice indeed Jamie!

Cheers, Steve

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 10-19-2016, 07:07 AM
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  • TheMonk
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Lovely, Jamie. Thanks for sharing!

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 10-19-2016, 07:12 AM
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So much passion, craftsmanship and knowledge put into those razors. 
Thanks for sharing.

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 10-19-2016, 07:45 AM
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Jamie, I don't own one of these but you Sir have sparked my interest now, thank you for sharing !!

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 10-19-2016, 02:13 PM
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Thanks for sharing and dont forget the Iwasaki family still makes razors even today....although new they still use all the old by hand techniques

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 10-19-2016, 09:22 PM
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(10-19-2016, 02:13 PM)6cuda6 Wrote: Thanks for sharing and dont forget the Iwasaki family still makes razors even today....although new they still use all the old by hand techniques

That's true but they no longer make western style razors they only produce traditional Kamisori razors.

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 10-20-2016, 04:20 AM
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(10-19-2016, 09:22 PM)Jamie Mahoney Wrote:
(10-19-2016, 02:13 PM)6cuda6 Wrote: Thanks for sharing and dont forget the Iwasaki family still makes razors even today....although new they still use all the old by hand techniques

That's true but they no longer make western style razors they only produce traditional Kamisori razors.

Good to know! Thanks for the additional info. 

Do your have any info on blade identification etc?  I have seen a couple western style Iwasaki razors but have no way to authenticate them.

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 10-20-2016, 04:53 AM
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This is what a original box looks like plus the makers mark including the signature are pretty easy to spot if you google Iwasaki razor you can see all the marks.


[Image: DSC_1960_zpsucxt11e3.jpg~original]

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 10-20-2016, 08:55 AM
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I'm a great fan of Iwasaki. Thanks for the video!

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 10-25-2016, 07:48 PM
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Jamie is their one particular model that is more desirable?

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 10-25-2016, 09:48 PM
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(10-25-2016, 07:48 PM)6cuda6 Wrote: Jamie is their one particular model that is more desirable?


I suppose there may be certain models out there not that I'm aware of them, the most important thing with these razors is condition they come in Tamahagane & Swedish steel I have used both can't see or feel any difference myself, I know the Swedish steel as a hardrock rating of 64 Rc and the Tamahagane is around 66 - 67 Rc Iwasaki switch to using Swedish steel one because of the consistant quality of the steel, plus getting hold of quality Tamahagane was hit and miss with a higher fall out resulting in razors being rejected.

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