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Kanetake – Norikazu Takahashi
武⌉ = Kanetake
⌉ = ‘Kane’, 武⌉ = カネ武 = Kane Take
The Kanetake brand Japanese straight razor,
made by fourth generation blacksmith, Mr. Norikazu Takahashi.
Norikazu is the first in his family to make Japanese straight razors,
and has been making them on occasion for about five years now.
His design is based on a Tsurayuki brand razor.
高橋 (たかはし)= Takahashi
高橋典三 (たかはし のりかず) = Mr. “Norikazu Takahashi”,
he makes/made “Kanetake” kamisori in Miki, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan.
He is one of the masters making Tamahagane razors
高橋和己 (たかはし かずみ) = Mr. “Kazumi Takahashi”
Mr. Takahashi is recognised as a Dentoukougeishi in Japan.
(Dentoukougeishi are highly skilled master artisans recognised by the Japanese government for their commitment to protecting traditional arts and techniques.)
The cutlery that he makes is very famous.
高橋刃物製作所 = Takahashi hamono seisakusho
= Takahashi knife manufacturing factory
高橋和己特殊鑿製作所 = Takahashi Kazumi tokushu 鑿 Seisakusho
= Takahashi Kazumi special chisel factory, Miki City Hyogo Prefecture
This is a factory, founded in the middle of the Meiji era (1868-1912),
and held now for 4 generations.
高橋和己 (Takahashi Kazumi) is third generation,
高橋典三 (Takahashi Norikazu) is fourth generation
The family also made carpentry chisel, planes, …
高橋和己作 = Made by Takahashi Kazumi
高橋典三作 = Made by Takahashi Norikazu
Apparently Mr. Takahashi Norikazu made Tamahagane kamisori as well!
玉鋼と日本剃刀 = Tamahagane and Japanese razor
(Tamahagane and, a Japanese razor made of Tamahagane)