The comb's shape and materials have evolved over the years based on changes in hairstyle trends.
Many people currently use plastic combs despite its tendency to give off static electricity that causes damage to hair. In contrast, boxwood combs have a long 1890 year history of being the highest in quality.
The hair of sumo wrestlers are combed with boxwood combs.
Samurai also used boxwood combs.
The boxwood comb design is based on traditional hori (carving) and makie (floral painting) techniques.
Origin of the Izumi comb
Around 660 B.C., foreign visitors landed in Nishoku beach in Kaizuka City and taught the art of comb making.
Kebukisou written in 1638 mentions that Izumi soon became a famous comb producing distinct and was responsible for 80% of all production in Japan.
Today, Izumi combs are made in Osaka Prefecture Kaizuka City and surrounding areas.