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Feather Safety Razor Co. Ltd., of Osaka, Japan, has produced and developed shaving razors, blades, and surgical instruments since its inception in 1932. Their main razor blade manufacturing facility is located in the "City of Cutlery," Seki City, in Gifu prefecture. Their product line includes DE blades, proprietary SE blades, DE razors, replaceable-blade "straight"-type razors, preshaves, shave gel, aftershave, medical instruments, and industrial blades.

Feather produces DE blades usually considered the sharpest available. Feather has produced two types of DE blades -- that is, in the past, they produced a slightly different kind than the current production, but the differences are not differentiable by the packaging -- the "new" model blade can be purchased in the "old" yellow and black packaging.

The book History and Culture of Shaving in Japan by Yasuoki Takeeuchi includes some historical information. Quoting from http://www.kamisoriclub.co.jp/history-e.htm

After World War1 (1914 - 1918 ) Gillette T-Shape safety razors were imported and they gradually replaced the open razors. Two Germany POWs staying in Japan began making safety razors, and were succeeded by Nihon Anzen Kamisori Kyogyo K.K. ( Japan Safety Razor Industries, later changed to Feather Anzen Kamisori K.K.- Feather Safety Razor Company).

The onset of the China incident in 1937 led Japan to war in the Pacific and World War 2. In 1940 the Japanese government banned not only the import of razors but also the production of open razors. However the production of safety razors was excluded from this ban. Therefore Feather was able to monopolize the market and their market share reached 80%.

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