The Banshu region of the Hyogo prefecture of Japan once hosted a Katana factory, leading to the region becoming known for its superior blacksmithing. In 1744, the industry started producing straight razors. Today, the region is known for its utility knives, traditional Japanese straight razors, Japanese gripping shears, pruning shears, and floral shears.
Aside from the exceptional quality, the products from this region are set apart by the fact that they are all painstakingly hand made by skilled craftsmen that have honed their skills and techniques over generations. Nowhere is that more evident than in the Banshu Hamono Tsume Scissors, designed by Osami Mizuike.
Tsume Scissors are traditionally used for cutting fabric, which requires that they have a sharp, maintainable blade. For these scissors, Banshu Hamano went with high carbon “Ao-hagane” blue steel. Each pair is made from a single rod of the steel, and should only be used for fabric—never metal or wood. The traditional design for the scissors is a u-shape that provides the spring to a pair of scissors, rather than the crossed version of other scissors. They measure only 120mm and weigh just 52g. The scissors come in a simple, yet elegant gift box.
Banshu Hamono stands behind its products, which is why they’ve been able to stay around for 250 years. There’s no mass production going on here. Just like when they were creating katanas, the craftsmen here are intimately involved with every implement they make. They’ve even been known to respond to requests to resharpen the tools they make, ensuring that they will last a lifetime.
The scissors are available through Leibal for USD$89. Founded in 2010, Leibal is a blog known for its minimalist designs, Leibal carries elegant and functional furniture, interior design products, and other tools from around the world in its online shop.