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I think Japanese straight razors are stropped like a western style blade, but I don't know for sure.
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I think Japanese straight razors are stropped like a western style blade, but I don't know for sure.


How did you strop it ?

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How did you strop it ?

Because I've only used my Iwasaki once, I've not sharpened or stropped it, however I'm sure there'll be a video on YouTube showing how to do both with a Japanese straight razor.
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You can strop it just as a western razor - strop it more on one side than the other to account for the asymmetrical edge if you like.

Honing is a bit more of a pain in the butt - also because of the asymmetry. I still have one which I almost never use because the honing got on my nerves. I think it was something like 2 strokes to 5, but it has been a very long time since I put it to stone.

The kamisori scale-less handle with a symmetric edge is the way to go in my opinion. I'm sure you'll love your razor.
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You can strop it just as a western razor - strop it more on one side than the other to account for the asymmetrical edge if you like.

Honing is a bit more of a pain in the butt - also because of the asymmetry. I still have one which I almost never use because the honing got on my nerves. I think it was something like 2 strokes to 5, but it has been a very long time since I put it to stone.

The kamisori scale-less handle with a symmetric edge is the way to go in my opinion. I'm sure you'll love your razor.


Ok, it makes perfect sense. Thanks for your reply !

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Anyone a fan of the latest synthetic brushes (Muhle V2)?

 

I've read a lot of good things about both the Black Fibre and SilverTip Fibre but interestingly, also a comment that they're now pretty close to each other in terms of feel, backbone etc.

 

Has anyone tried both? I was considering buying one of each, are they now too similar?

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Originally Posted by anoobis View Post
 

Anyone a fan of the latest synthetic brushes (Muhle V2)?

 

I've read a lot of good things about both the Black Fibre and SilverTip Fibre but interestingly, also a comment that they're now pretty close to each other in terms of feel, backbone etc.

 

Has anyone tried both? I was considering buying one of each, are they now too similar?


Didn't you already have a BlackFibre ?

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Yes but the HJM was (and I think still is) a V1 Black Fibre. I'm led to believe there's notable difference between V1 and V2 for both Black Fibre and SilverTip Fibre. I was wondering how the new Black Fibre and SilverTip Fibre differ as apparently there's now not much in it.

 

(Over the last 2-3 years, the Black Fibre brushes have become shorter, so there are definite differences to the older ones.)

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Because I've only used my Iwasaki once, I've not sharpened or stropped it, however I'm sure there'll be a video on YouTube showing how to do both with a Japanese straight razor.

 

Would you mind sharing where you acquired your kamisori from?

And how steep have you found the learning curve to be?

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Would you mind sharing where you acquired your kamisori from?
And how steep have you found the learning curve to be?

I got it from aframestokyo.com

It's a 50mm Sweden steel version.

I've actually only tried to use my Kamisori once, this is because I find the Kamisori is awkward to use because it's for right handed and I'm left., that's why I'm in the process of having a western style straight razor being made but with a Japanese style handle.
When I get the western straight razor I'll probably never try and use the kamisori again, even though I think it feels amazing to hold, plus IMO it's a thing of beauty.
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I just want to make anyone that's thinking on ordering an Iwasaki Kamisori via Aframestokyo aware, that ATM they're out of stock, and when I ordered the one I have, I had to wait for about 4 months. This is because there are only so many made within a certain time.
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