By Rayy Zar
I think I might have passed through the historic Japanese city of Seki just once during my 17 years in Japan, during a tour to Gifu – renowned for its cormorant fishing – and to the gorgeous antique villages of Tsumago and Magome.
Seki is famous as having once been the home of Japanese katana – sword – production. This began in the city during the 13th century when Motoshige, a leading swordsmith of the era, moved there, attracted by the fine iron sand, charcoal and water. Within a couple of hundred years more than 300 swordsmiths were active in the region.
Today Seki is famous for its knives, prized by top chefs around the world. It is also home to Seki Edge, producer of some of the world’s finest razor blades.
The company has announced some new razors to its line-up, under the Feather and Artist Club labels. According to a company announcement:
The three traditional razors come in either a straight or folded design. Tapping into the modern era, Feather, the manufacturer of these razors, has developed a replaceable blade that provides a traditional looking razor with modern functionality. Unlike traditional razors, there is no need to hone or strop these razors. For sanitation purposes and to best suit individual needs, four different blades were developed for the straight and folding razors. The Professional Blades are the most universal and versatile blades. The Light Blades are tailored for women or sensitive skin. The ProGuard Blades are guarded to give safe smooth strokes. Lastly, the Super Blade is recommended for shaving thick or heavy hair such as beard and moustache hair.
You can learn more at the company’s own website.
It is worth noting that Feather blades attract absolutely rave reviews at Amazon. For example, a pack of 50 Feather Hi-Stainless Platimum Double Edge Razor Blades has 92 reviews, including 88 that awarded the product four or five stars, for an amazing average of 4.8 stars.
Here is an excerpt from a fairly typical review:
You WILL get the closest and best shave of your life. Longevity is excellent also, remaining laser sharp even after 5 to 7 shaves if you care to use each one that long. Each beard and shaver’s preferences are unique, so you might want to just buy a single 5 pack to give them a spin. Personally, I have no reason to try any other blade. They cost a little more that other alternatives, but like most things, you usually get what you pay for. As a former Gillette Fusion user before rediscovering double edge shaving, this shave cost less than 1/4 the price, shaves much closer, lasts longer, and if used correctly seems to leave your skin smoother and softer.
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