Japanese 'tanebasami' fabric scissors. 22.7cm. Carbon steel. Incredibly sharp. Hand-forged by master craftsmen using traditional techniques.

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'7.5-sun' Tanebasami Scissors
Classic polished steel finish, gloss handle.
Overall length: 22.7 cm (approx. 9")
Perfect for: dressmaking, sewing, all fabrics and pattern cutting.
Weight in hand: 176g
Card box, gift-wrapped in Tanegashima-themed paper.
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Tanebasami scissors have been produced on the island of Tanegashima since 1543. They are available in four sizes, these are the largest and they are very substantial scissors. They are traditionally used in kimono-making, which requires long, straight cuts of silk and other fine fabrics. They allow the user to cut with confidence right to the very tip of the blades.

Stainless steel has many advantages but sharpness isn't among them. Tanebasami are hand-forged from high carbon steel and they are astonishingly sharp. Buyers please be aware these scissors should be kept clean and dry to avoid rust spots on the naked steel. If you live in a humid environment please store them in the supplied corrosion-inhibiting paper sleeve.

Here's what some of our customers say about tanebasami:

"I am delighted with them. These scissors are truly amazing. I was expecting them to cut as well as they do, (which is perfectly), but not with such little effort. I also love the seemingly opposite traits of being hand wrought and rough in an organic sense, and flawless on the cutting edge. Hard to believe the precision and matching of the blades. It took a little while to get used to the metal handle, since I was coming from a moulded plastic pair, but the change is much better. Also nice to have something that will outlast me in this throw-away society. They really are very special..."

"When I use these scissors I can really tell such care and skill has gone into making them. With such high quality material and forging they can only be made by a real craftsman. No doubt."

"I want the whole world to know about these! These scissors are a world away from mass-produced stationery. When I cut with them it's like a new feeling - more than just sharp, I'd say 'moist'. Being all steel I imagined them to feel cold but they're quite the opposite - from when I first tried them they felt lovely and warm and light and my hand just adapted to them straight away..."

"After using them, I get it!
They really do cut beautifully. You can cut crisply right to the very tip.
Personally I really like the retro look v(^v^)"

Tanebasami are certified as "dentou kougei" by the Kagoshima Prefectural Government. This certification guarantees that an item is hand-made and of cultural and historical significance, produced with skills passed down through generations of craftspeople.

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We ship all purchases by Japan Post EMS, which is very quick and efficient.

All shipped items are insured and a tracking number will be supplied. Some countries apply customs duty to imports and these duties are the responsibility of the buyer. All parcels are accurately marked as 'merchandise' and a product value listed for customs purposes.

We keep many items in stock in Hiroshima, but some orders we will bring up from Tanegashima. In those cases products are usually shipped on the third day from order, or sometimes the next day - it depends a bit on the time of order and the island ferry.

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We have a generous returns policy.

If things don't work out, any item may be returned in unused condition for any reason. We request the return of your purchased item within thirty days of initial dispatch, which gives you ample time to send it back to us.

You have to remember though that if you cut anything with your purchase it is yours to keep. This is very important!

We cannot and do not accept the return of items that have been used or 'tried'. By all means hold the product in your hand to feel the balance and heft, but please understand that cutting with it is the point of no return.