22.7cm 'tanebasami' scissors in a paulownia presentation gift box. Hand-forged in Japan by master craftsmen using traditional techniques.

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'7.5-sun' Tanebasami Scissors
Overall length: 22.7 cm (approx 9")
Perfect for: dressmaking, sewing, all fabric and pattern cutting.
Weight in hand: 176g
Paulownia presentation gift 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.

Tanebasami scissors can be used and appreciated for many years. They make a stylish, thoughtful and practical gift. In Japan Tanebasami are given on all sorts of occasions - gift-giving is a much-loved Japanese custom after all - but perhaps most surprisingly they are thought of as a traditional bridal present.

Here as in many other parts of the world we usually don't give a bride a 'cutting' gift like a knife, one that might 'cut' the ties of marriage. Tanebasami are viewed differently. The reasoning is that each Tanebasami blade must be matched with its perfect partner, the two blades each representing half of a whole. They are inseparable, working in harmony in a lifelong partnership, symbolising the perfect marriage. We think that's kind of nice.

They're not just for weddings of course. Tanebasami craft and fabric scissors make a lovely coming-of-age gift for young ladies, and a unique and practical birthday gift for anyone engaged in creative pastimes. Retirement, house-warming, celebrating a new hobby - all ages, many occasions!

Tanebasami gift boxes are crafted from beautiful paulownia. Paulownia is a remarkably light, sustainable wood often used for kimono chests and presentation boxes for masks, tea ceremony cups and utensils, scrolls and so on. It has a lovely grain and ages very nicely. Tanebasami gift boxes are heirloom quality and are printed with the Japanese kanji characters for 'hontanebasami', meaning 'genuine Tanegashima scissors'. The kanji looks to be handwritten, but as all the boxes are identical we can tell you with some confidence that it is not.

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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Jul 2, 2016 by Thomas Sheen

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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.