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japanese tailors shears

 – 裁ち鋏 –

What makes these Japanese shears so special is their long history of craftsmanship. In the middle of the 1880’s there was a lot of Western influence in Japan which also had a profound impact on the fashion industry. At the same time new laws prohibited the samurai class from carrying swords making it a difficult time for traditional sword forgers. This encouraged renowned sword forger Master Yakichi (1860-1901) to explore how this ancient sword forging technology could be used for the purpose of shears. Combining the newly introduced possibilities of Western style shears with the lightness and excellent cut of traditional Japanese cutlery, the first modern Japanese shears were born.

PROFESSIONAL USE ONLY

You may not be aware of this, but these shears need to be sharpened. Once you notice they’re not that sharp anymore to cut materials with ease, it’s time to get them sharpened. This can be done with a sharpening stone but requires a special technique. Unless you’re used to sharpening blades, we highly recommend bringing them to a professional sharpener like this London-based company called KATABA

 

Unlike modern scissors these shears rely on a traditional Japanese blade forging method (similar to Samurai swords). Because of a unique combination of high quality blade steel and very soft steel they can keep their sharpness and are long-lasting. However, this also means you need to look after them very carefully. They are very precise but also very delicate.

These shears are only suitable for professional use. 

  • Do not cut anything other than what it is meant for.
  • Do not drop your shears. This might ruin the alignment of the blades as they are only joined together at one point.  
  • Once you start using them, do not lend to other people because the shears will adapt to your hand.

 

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  • 裁ち鋏   TAILORS SHEARS
  • 握り鋏  SNIPPERS

We use quite a few different snippers for various reasons. These Shozaburo and Gentey Nigirihasami snippers are very common in Japan and allow you to cut threads very smoothly. They are made by folding high quality blade steel into scissors which requires special craftsmanship. Just like shears, these snippers require maintenance. 

 

  • ロータリーカッター ROTARY CUTTER

These Olfa rotary cutters are a must-have tool for your cutting work. We use these cutters both for sampling and small productions. It also works very well with our cutting ruler!

  • カッティングツール  CUTTING TOOLS

Useful tools to assist you with your cutting work.

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