About This Item
Vintage Orihigata Kamisori 78mm blade and Hon Asahi Kamisori 63mm with a wooden case
I really do not know the origin of the name, Orihi, but Ori is hold, and Hi is gutter in Japanese.
It might derive from the look like a held gutter.
Orihi type is an original shape of Japanese Kamisori. It is older type than Japanese Kamisori that we see often. They are in a custom made wooden case that has open and close instantly, and it is able to store two pieces of Kamsori, so it might be older style barber tools. Those barbers used to visit customers, not just stay at their shops.
The shape of single bevel Japanese kamisori that we see all the time became popular after Samurai era (approximately 150 years ago). I really do not know how old it is, but it must be made so many decades ago or over 100 years ago. I really do not know the truth of the age of the two kamisori. Orihi type Japanese razors are sometimes seen on used market, but the most of them are worn out a lot, so it is very hard to figure out the original shape. This one is still in very good shape. It is right hand single bevel edge blade with flat bevel with no concave, and it has V shape deep concave on the flat side. It is able to see Jigane (soft iron) and Hagane (hard steel) portion, so it must be made by skillful blacksmith. The other one (normal kamisori shape) is also old style which has longer blade (63mm) than normal kamisori. It has two pieces of Chinese characters, and it might read Hon Asahi, but I am not sure what it is correct whether or not. Orihigata Kamisori: The total length of razor: 6 9/16inch (167mm) The weight of razor is 0.2oz. The width of spine side of the heel: 5mm (3/16 inch) The width of the razor blade on the heel: 14mm (9/16 inch)
Normal Kamisori type: The total length of razor: 5 15/16inch (149mm) The weight of razor is 0.2oz. The width of spine side of the heel: 4mm (3/16 inch) The width of the razor blade on the heel: 13mm (1/2 inch)