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This is a Japanese kamisori shaving razor as seen in the attached photos. It is in superb blemish and defect free condition. Recently honed and stropped this razor comes guaranteed to be shave ready.
Japan does make straight razors of the Western style where the blade is attached to a pivot pin and swings between the scales. Just as popular, if not more so among japanese razor aficionado is the Japanese kamisori straight razor. Kamisori style razors were being made even before western style straight razors in the 1600's. Traditional kamisori's bear many traits from their roots in traditional Japanese knife making. Most notably, the blades are without scales and are single-beveled, meaning that one side is sharpened to a typical angle, and the other side is flat, even slightly concave. This means that unlike Western style straight razors, slightly different angles are required when shaving with different sides of the blade. The kamisori design makes them incredibly ergonomic and offers a more natural feel, like working with a kitchen knife or a pen. It is said that Japanese forging gives them superior edge retention to their German counterparts, and the shorter blades make them popular among many folks, especially those who simply wish to trim their beards.
If you would like to read some excellent literature regarding Japanese kamisori's please use this link. Also, if you would like to watch an excellent video on how to shave with a Kamisori just scroll half way down this same literature page to the video. http://sharpologist.com/2011/10/a-kamisori-primer.html