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Size:  74.2 KBI was recently given this beautiful japanese straight razor. It is a work of art. I'd like to ask about stropping. Does anyone have experience with stropping this type of blade just prior to shaving? What about oil? What type and how often? I am not even going to attempt to hone this gorgeous piece of steel so I am not asking that. How and in what, do your store the razor after use? Just one more thing, please? Anyone knows how to make or where to buy some type of grip for the handle of this blade? Thank you so much for your help.

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    Can you post a pic of your razor?most kamisoris have simple bamboo or twine wrapping on the handles,many have nothing for the simple reason that you do not hold the Kamisori by the handle when using it.

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    Sorry to intrude, but on the topic of japanese razors, do you guys know what the price range is on a good japanese razor? The ones I've seen on reputable online vendors are quite expensive, and then you have the other end of the spectrum of dirt cheap ones on ebay that look to good to be true for the price, in which case it probably is.

    Is there an equivalent of a Dovo best quality for japanese razors just for those who enjoy some variety down the road without spending too much?
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    Default I have uploaded so pics.

    Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. I looked around the internet. The best price I could find for the Japanese razor which I have posted the phots of, goes for approximately $475.00. Thank you
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    and please accept my strong apology. I in now way meant any disrespect to anyone. Have a pleasant day. William

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    Quote Originally Posted by pixelfixed View Post
    Can you post a pic of your razor?most kamisoris have simple bamboo or twine wrapping on the handles,many have nothing for the simple reason that you do not hold the Kamisori by the handle when using it.
    It is a typical Iwasaki. The black on the "spine" covers the entire handle, too. It has a bit of a texture, and I would also assume it is rust resistant. I prefer no wrapping because grip is not a problem for me at all, and with a bare handle I know if it is dry or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by senoreme View Post
    and please accept my strong apology. I in now way meant any disrespect to anyone. Have a pleasant day. William

    No harm no foul Thanks for understanding

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    Quote Originally Posted by senoreme View Post
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Size:  74.2 KBDoes anyone have experience with stropping this type of blade just prior to shaving?
    I strop it like any other razor.

    Quote Originally Posted by senoreme View Post
    What about oil? What type and how often?
    I don't use any on mine. I store them on a shelf with the more hollowed side up so that the edge is in the air. The iwasaki goes into its box.

    Quote Originally Posted by senoreme View Post
    Anyone knows how to make or where to buy some type of grip for the handle of this blade?
    Some vendors used to sell the blue plastic sleeves for Tosuke razors. I don't really have a link for you though. If you search the internet you'll most likely find instructions about wrapping rattan around it in all kinds of patterns. There was somebody on this forum who used to do that but then they disappeared. May be somebody else offers that as a service if you don't want to try yourself?


    As far as prices go I don't think there's the equivalent of "Dovo best quality", the current production of such razors is more like 'customs', or at best on the level of hart with the corresponding prices. Ebay is a good place to buy all kinds of junk, so if you don't have an idea it's probably better not to waste your money gambling with it.
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    I have a couple of Iwasakis and just put a little oil on them after shaving and drying and put them back in the box. If I don't think I'll be using them soon I put them back in the paper wrap and plastic sleeve.

    I don't have handles on either of my kamisori, but if I did I would use a rattan wrap instead of the Tosuke style sleeve. For these razors I think that simpler is better.

    The only unusual aspect of stropping is that on one side you have to tilt the razor so that it rests on its edge and honing flat. It's pretty obvious when you are stropping because the edge doesn't sit on the strop if you don't do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pixelfixed View Post
    Can you post a pic of your razor?most kamisoris have simple bamboo or twine wrapping on the handles,many have nothing for the simple reason that you do not hold the Kamisori by the handle when using it.
    I hold mine by the handle when I use it , and when I hone and strop it . I've been doing it like this for the past 3 years , with excellent results .
    Greetings , from Dundalk , Maryland . The place where normal people , fear to go .

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