01-10-2013, 08:09 PM
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  • Edson
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  • Oregon
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Well Christmas found me back in Colorado to see my family, but I think I was most excited to get back to my equipment that has been in storage at my Dad's shop. Taking a job in a bigger city also meant putting my stuff into storage with my folks.

I have been slowly converting to almost shaving exclusively with a kamisori and so months ago I had in mind a kamisori I wanted to try and make for myself out of layered Hitachi White Steel.

I finally was able to put the image in my mind and produce something very close.

Bamboo Style handle
55mm blade length
~22mm width (little under 13/16)

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I was pretty happy with the outcome so I decided to make another! Luckily I had time while "visiting" family. The second one is a little smaller, but not by much. Most notable in the handle.

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I didn't try to take anything to a mirror finish (useless anyway when etching) as I like more of the rustic look of kamisoris.

And yes, these do have an asymmetrical grind, which was the challenge I knew from the get go in working with this steel. As only the middle third fraction of the steel is good to be properly heat treated and take an edge, the challenge was to make an asymmetrical with that little amount of steel to work with.

To accomplish this I used a 4" grind wheel and tried to grind only the backside (for japanese razors this is the non-stamped side in my pictures) to the very edge of that good steel. While on the front side putting in the assymetric grind to through most of the good steel to the edge from the backside. Hard to explain, but it came out pretty well.

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Enjoy!

Man I sure do miss doing this stuff!!

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 01-10-2013, 08:14 PM
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Just beautiful. The bamboo theme in steel gives them a sort of future-primitive look. It also reminds me a bit of a spine, almost like something out of Giger. Very cool.

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 01-10-2013, 08:19 PM
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Those are some awesome razors! They look very professional indeed.

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 01-10-2013, 08:21 PM
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  • P Funk
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Incredible work! Those are beautiful not to mention unique.

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 01-10-2013, 08:25 PM
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  • OldDog23
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Truly Magnificient !
just curious...how many man-hours to make something that splendid ?

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 01-10-2013, 08:38 PM
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Works like that would get me to try a straight. Beautiful work!

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 01-10-2013, 09:00 PM
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  • ben74
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Absolutely stunning Joe!

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 01-10-2013, 09:32 PM
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  • Edson
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Thanks for the kind words everyone. I'm humbled to say the least.

I might have to make more time to "visit" the family over the next year Rolleyes

(01-10-2013, 08:25 PM)OldDog23 Wrote: Truly Magnificient !
just curious...how many man-hours to make something that splendid ?

It just depends on the level of detail, file work, scales, etc. for each one. I'd say anywhere from 10-20 hrs might be around normal. Sometimes more, sometimes less. This wouldn't include the 2 hours needed to just temper the steel post heat treat either.

I think I read of someone making one, scales and all, in 5 hours but there is no way I could do that. I tend to take my time and try not to rush things. One slip on the grinder and the razor is toast.

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 01-10-2013, 11:19 PM
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  • Kavik79
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it looks to me more like finger bones than bamboo for some reason.....but whatever it's supposed to be, I love it!

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 01-11-2013, 12:03 AM
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The imagination and skill required to make something as beautiful as those razors just blows my mind!

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 01-11-2013, 06:23 AM
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  • TexBilly
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Joe - wonderful craftsmanship! I share your opinion on the "rustic" look. Very, very cool. Congrats!

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 01-11-2013, 08:38 AM
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  • mikeperry
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Hi Joe

Stunning workmanship and that asymmetrical grind is handsome Clap

Take care, Mike

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 01-11-2013, 03:11 PM
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  • gijames
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Very Gorgeous Joe!

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... I'll be keeping an eye out for on of your kamisori blades! Sherlock

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 01-11-2013, 09:18 PM
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Stunning and magnificent work! Why did i look at this? Now, i want to try my Kamisori. Hee hee.

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 01-11-2013, 09:24 PM
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  • Johnny
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Every once in awhile you get to see something really beautiful. I just did.

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 01-11-2013, 09:29 PM
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Heh, Joe, how do you find the handle while shaving? Is it slippery at all?

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 01-11-2013, 10:00 PM
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  • Edson
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Thanks again guys!

Celestino - It handles real nice, though I've been shaving with other Kamisori's a lot recently so that probably helps.

Stropping is a breeze too. Don't ever feel like it can slip out of my hand and I can strop as fast as a western.

This design though was inspired by my Machida Tadeshi kamisori that has a similar profile and handle and is my favorite razor hands down, so I kind of knew it should handle well.

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