Oroku-comb is special product that has been made since the Edo period in the Kiso region. The comb with about 100 teeth on a narrow board of 9.0cm in width was high popularity, and became the key industry of the KISO village as a practicable products.
However, the demand of wooden comb decreases by the comb made of plastic, the introduction of the foreign brush, and the change in the shampoo custom after World War II.
The number of comb workmen decreases to about 10 people at the end of the 1960's though the comb of 80% of a nationwide share was supplied in Yabuhara at the season.
As the manufacturing method of the comb, the machine-made became mainstream. becouse that can be made faster than traditional handmade.
Therefore, craftsmen of handmade genuine comb was only 2 persion at that time.
The Kawaguchi family was making Orokugushi from generation to generation in Yabuhara. The manufacturing method of Orokugushi is inculcated by his father Mr. Sukeroku, and he becomes independent at the age of 15, and spends the life of the comb making.
At the end of 1960,Because the workman who acquired a fine handmade technology was almost gone, he determines that it is necessary to succeed to a traditional technique of Orokugushi to the next generation for the hometown.
"Future generations of the traditional craft of 350 years!"
December,1973.He begins the surveillance study on the old document and the succession activity of a traditional technology.