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Traditional man shaving 2016/11/11 05:23
Hi to all,
I'm Adriano from Italy, an entusiast of traditional man shaving.
I have a question for you. I know the traditional japanise razor called Kamisori, and I know that was creathet for shaving another people and not for selfshaving. I like to know if exist an another traditional razor for selshaving, if not can you tell me the past shaving uses in Japan?
Many thanks,
Adri
by AdrianoHaze  

Re: Traditional man shaving 2016/11/11 23:54
The word "kamisori" simply means "razor". It's not particularly traditional or Japanese. I'm sure that either you or your dad uses it every day in Italy to shave yourselves, and so does your barber to shave others. I'm afraid I'm not sure what you're talking about. Any more details?
by Uco rate this post as useful

Re: Traditional man shaving 2016/11/12 00:35
Well if television is to be believed there was a long tradition among men of the Edo period of shaving the top of their head as well as, presumably, the face. I suppose the OP would be curious to know about who these men turned to to achieve this look and what tools were used. Of this I am totally ignorant.
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Re: Traditional man shaving 2016/11/12 02:57
If you can scroll down to the middle of the link below, you will see a box of tools that hair stylists of the Edo period used to use. This photo is that of a prop used in a kabuki (traditional Japanese theater) story about a hair stylist. The protagonist does the male character's hair with these.

But the explanation just says that the razor is a "kamisori", which again just means "razor" and looks no different than the type that barbers around the world still use today.

By the way, even today, both male and female can still get their face shaved at any Western style barber in Japan, and the barber would use a razor just like the ones they use in Europe.

I'm no historian though.

http://www.ntj.jac.go.jp/kokuritsu/h27/3kabuki.html?tag=%E3%82%B3%E3%8...

The link below is a Google image search result on the key phrase meaning "razors of Edo period". Maybe you'll find something you wanted to know.
https://www.google.co.jp/search?q=%E6%B1%9F%E6%88%B8%E6%99%82%E4%BB%A3...
by Uco rate this post as useful

Re: Traditional man shaving 2016/11/12 05:07
Hello,
West to Kamisori we mean Japanese traditional razor, namely this:
http://i773.photobucket.com/albums/yy20/ambroseshave/IMG_4906.jpg

http://straightrazorplace.com/attachments/honing/43713d1275957458-how-does-one-hone-kamisori-otherside.jpg

This type has an asymmetrical section. It serves the barber to shave the customer. I wanted to know if there is a similar type to shave themselves.
I do not know what period you would use, but they are still being produced by Japanese craftsmen, both Westerners to replicate. If Kamisori means razor, I want to know if this razor I showed you has a specific name.

Thank you so much for your kind answers.
by AdrianoHaze rate this post as useful

Re: Traditional man shaving 2016/11/12 14:19
Ah! It seems that the type of that of your photo is called "wa-kamisori" or "nihon-kamisori" which both literally mean "Japanese razor". As opposed to this type, Western razors are called "yo-kamisori" which literally means "Western razors".

A quick internet search tells me that this type is still sometimes used by (Western style) barbers in Japan, for both men and women. By the way, barbers have the license to shave faces while beauty salons don't.

The internet tells me that wa-kamisori is sharper hence suitable for more delicate skin. But since it takes much more effort to sharpen and requires higher skills to shave, it is not used as frequently.

You can find more detailed photos and explanations through the following Google search result, although they are written in Japanese language. You can find some English information by Googling the keyword "wa-kamisori".

https://www.google.co.jp/search?q=%E5%92%8C%E5%89%83%E5%88%80&oq=%E5%9...
by Uco rate this post as useful

Re: Traditional man shaving 2016/11/12 19:52
Thank you so much!

you know if there are similar razors to wa-Kamisori made to be used at home and not by barbers?
The wa-Kamisori has a blade made to shave the other. It is very difficult to use it for themselves. at least that's what it says on the traditional shaving Western forums. we wondered how did they shave yourself in the past, before modern razors. we wanted to know if there were different razors in addition to the wa-Kamisori or if you just shaved one another.
I hope I have written well, my English is not good.

cordially,
adri
by AdrianoHaze rate this post as useful

Re: Traditional man shaving 2016/11/13 22:08
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Re: Traditional man shaving 2016/11/13 23:57
In times when wa-kamisori was the most typical tool for shaving, it seems that people had their hair/beard shaved by professionals, even if they had to have them come everyday. At least that's what the internet tells us.

http://detail.chiebukuro.yahoo.co.jp/qa/question_detail/q14111297679

http://www.shinko-web.jp/recall/000757.html
by Uco rate this post as useful

Re: Traditional man shaving 2016/11/14 01:43
Uco, thankyou very much!
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