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    i havent read the thread fully yet but most folding lines on kamisori is watetsu iron which looks like tamahagane as they are made at the same time.

    It is usually vintage ship or bridge or building iron they repurpose. I thought it was folded steel my first watetsu razor but kamisori are 90℅ iron, only a very thin sheet of steel for just the edge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fikira View Post
    Indeed, I've read this as well, although some Japanese works do show shaven men
    (maybe it was in the later Edo period, I don't know...)

    For example this work, Portrait of a man of noble birth with a book,
    made by Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), clearly shows a shaven beard:
    What looks like a 5'oclock shadow there could really be a 2 week growth
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    Quote Originally Posted by onimaru55 View Post
    What looks like a 5'oclock shadow there could really be a 2 week growth
    Meaning that he was shaven 2 weeks ago
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    Quote Originally Posted by DireStraights View Post
    i havent read the thread fully yet but most folding lines on kamisori is watetsu iron which looks like tamahagane as they are made at the same time.

    It is usually vintage ship or bridge or building iron they repurpose. I thought it was folded steel my first watetsu razor but kamisori are 90℅ iron, only a very thin sheet of steel for just the edge.
    Yes, indeed, I learned a lot since my earlier replies, the Watetsu is always on the Omote side, never the Ura (steel is too soft), and yes, Tamahagane would only be used at the Ura side as a welded thin plate of steel (and mostly without the folding lines)

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    That is my major disappointment with tamahagane razors. Not a single one i've seen has visible grain. Give me a damascus or watetsu razor any day.

    Exception being Iwasaki westerns, that hamon is gorgeous when etched. Who needs folding with that...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fikira View Post
    Meaning that he was shaven 2 weeks ago
    Now the question is, who shaved him ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by onimaru55 View Post
    Now the question is, who shaved him ?

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