Iwasaki san Kamisori
How does one even begin to discuss the pedigree of Iwasaki’s straight razors? Kosuke Iwasaki literally wrote the textbook on Japanese metallurgy, and is responsible for many of the names of steel you’ll hear tossed around the shop and over at Knifewear (blue/yellow/white steel).
The Kamisori is a thoroughly Japanese style of straight razor, in its history, its simple-but-elegant design, and its hand-forged craftsmanship.Kamisori is Japanese for razor, and is a style of straight razor unto itself. Though the style is hundreds of years old, after revitalizing traditional sword-making in Japan, Iwasaki pursued the perfect razor. It is this razor that was my entry into the world of straight razor shaving, and it is this razor that turned me from my wayward faffing about to the straight razor evangelist you see before you today.