The scissors are produced at a modest workshop in the sprawling countryside of the Wakayama Prefecture, Western Japan. The workshop is presided over by scissor maker Hideshi Shioji, who crafts every pair with the help of welder Kiyohisa Mizoguchi. The scissors start their life as a sheet of steel, from which each blade is then individually carved. “We use a cobalt alloy and special powder steel, in Japanese we call it ‘fumatsu-kou’” Shioji explains. “Until now, this special powder steel has never been used to create hairdressing scissors, we’re the first company to use it.”
After being carved from the steel sheet, the blades go through various stages, including welding, sanding and polishing. Once constructed, each pair is rigorously tested and fine-tuned until the blades are ultra-precise and razor sharp. It is a lengthy and intricate process, and they produce just 600 – 700 pairs a year. A single pair can cost from ¥90000 (£600) to ¥180000 (£1200), depending on the model and materials used.