Comes quite sharp! You can always make it sharper, as with ANY razor. The back of the kamisori is hollow ground like a traditional single bevel knife and the front is also hollow ground, so you have two flat bevels meeting. Now when you look at it, you might think that you HAVE too use the right hand to shave you whole face. But NO, it can be used with either hand! I'm enjoying the shave I'm getting with it. Both 'as is' and after stropping it with CBN and diamond compounds. Haven't cut myself yet!