In a chance encounter on a local train recently I asked a friend, Hiroshima ikebana master Maehara sensei, what makes a great pair of ikebana shears 'great'. She paused for a moment before offering her one-word answer: "Rhythm".
Ikebana is deep. But you don't have to be a follower of Ka-do ('the way of flowers') to appreciate these fine shears. Whether enjoying some spring harvesting in the garden or smiling your way through another day in the store, these are flower shears that you can treasure forever. Their open design allows them to be used comfortably in any size hand.
For a calm and confident attitude to your creative work you need sharp blades that will stay sharp. The centuries-old forging techniques used only on Tanegashima Island in Japan promise the sharpest, most durable blades you'll ever buy. The hand-forged blue-2-steel is exceptionally hard and give an exceptionally clean cut.
All that aside, they're beautiful! Organic, somehow. Weighty yet balanced, with a lovely rough/smooth finish to the handle (does that make sense?) We can't decide if they look Greek, Arabic, Chinese or Japanese but do they have a kind of ancient vibe.
Total length: 170mm Weight in hand: 151 grams / 5.3 oz Free Worldwide Shipping
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.
On receipt of your order we will write to let you know the status of your order and an expected shipping day and time.
We accept all major credit cards through our PayPal credit-card payment facility. PayPal members may also choose to pay with their PayPal account balance. Payment data is secure, private and is not shared with the owners of this Etsy store.
Returns & exchanges
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.