IWASAKI Tamahagane 73mm Blade, #1337.5 Straight Razor

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IWASAKI Tamahagane 73mm Blade, #1337.5 Straight Razor

It is old Iwasaki Tamahagane straight razor, and it looks used a lot, and it became much skinnier than the original width. It must be good one. That is why the previous owner used it a lot. The width from the point to the back;13mm The width of the middle part of the blade;14mm The width from the heel to the back;15mm

IWASAKI RAZOR--- Sanjo Seisakujo was established by Mr. Shigeyoshi Iwasaki's father, Mr. Kousuke Iwasaki who is a very famous researcher for old Japanese sword revival and sword smith. His life is deeply related with Japanese sword and Tamahagane. His life had started to devote Japanese sword right before graduate college until he passed away. His son who is Mr. Shigeyoshi Iwasaki has also devoted razor and cutlery entire his life.

Mr. Iwasaki, Kosuke wanted revival old national treasure level of Japanese sword. He had also researched for Tamahagane which the steel is used for Japanese sword that is the purest steel in the world. He wanted to research old national treasure swords, and concealed documentations, so he went to Tokyo University which is NO.1 University in Japan, and he got bachelor's degree with literature and he had learned maser course, but he changed mind to get into the major to metallography. He thought that he needed to learn metal science field to revive over 700 years old Japanese swords (national treasure class of swords). Eventually, he researched national class of treasure swords and concealed documentations in Shosoin where we are not able to see. He spent three years to study math and others, and he passed the exam, and he went to the same Tokyo University which is NO.1 school in Japan with engineering major in metallography. He got bachelor science degree and master degree with metallography too.

He graduated bachelor in history, and bachelor science and master degrees in metallography. His father was famous cutlery distributor in Sanjo, Niigata, but right before he graduated high school, It was bankrupted, so he had been part time high school teacher for so many years until finishing master degrees. He also became an apprentice for Japanese sword blacksmith and Japanese sword whet master. Near the end of WWII, he had tried to make high quality Japanese swords by government support. Then he established Sanjo Seisakujo which makes world famous Iwasaki Razor right after WWII. He had kept on researching Japanese sword and steels for blade, and he has influenced a lot to Sanjo steel industry in Nigata, Japan, and he has also influenced to steel industry in Japan a lot. He also had been all over Japan to find the secret of Japanese sword making. He had found or been taught over 50 of secrets.

Iwasaki Tamahagane Western Razor had been made for overcome western razor from Solingen Germany (At the time, Western Razor from Solingen, Germany was world famous in their quality and quantity).

Actually, Sanjo Seisakujo beated Western Razor from Solingen, Germany for the quality and performance, however they could not produce their western Tamahagane razor as much as Solingen, Germany.

At that time, Sanjo Seisakujo had Mr. Kousuke Iwasaki, Mr. Shigeyoshi Iwasaki, two of other sons, Mr. Mizuochi( who makes Iwasaki razor right now), and Mr. Tokifusa Iizuka (who makes Shigefusa Knife), the company was like a dream team of cutlery in Japan. I have heard that Tamahagane straight razor need 6 times more amount of Tamahagane than Japanese Tamahagane razor, and it is single piece of the steel made, so it is very hard to make it. This Tamahagane Western Razor has the serial number 1337.5 The number tells lot NO.1337.5, and the 5th of the razor passed their inspection out of lot 1337.

It should bemade approximately 40 years to 60 years ago.

Sanjo Seisakujo will not make Tamahagane Western Razor, because the machine to make the handle is broken by flood. It is very rare vintage straight razor.

It was sold 3500yen 30 to 40 years ago, it is converted like $700 now. At the same time, Tamahagane Japanese razor was 600yen, so It was 5 times more expensive than Tamahagane Japanese razor (it is over $600 now, and vintage old stock is around $1000). It is for professional barbers, so it is made for professional equipment. I guess it was a very expensive razor for even professional barbers at that time.

According to Mr. Kousuke Iwasaki record, One of barber guy had shaved 1032 people of beards without sharpen whetstone using just leather strap when it became little bit dull. Many of other experienced barbers have also shaved over 900 people without sharpening whetstones too.

This Tamahagane western razor is used condition, and it looks used a lot. It has been used a lot, but it looks still good condition, so the previous owner had great sharpening skill and maintained very well.

It should be around HRC 67 The blade length: 73mm (2 7/8 inch) The total length of the razor when it opened: 240mm (9 1/2 inch) The backside of the thickest part of the blade: 5mm (3/16 inch) The total weight of the razor: 1.3oz.