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Japanese grip scissors, Tokyo-style and Kyoto-style

Japanese grip scissors are perfect for small tasks. Although the Japanese were first to develop ‘scissors’, they continue to be hardly used outside Japan.

The scissors are simple in structure and may seem identical, but they actually have slightly different forms and functions. It requires an experienced craftsman to carefully adjust the spring of the waist (the part where it bends in a U-shape), and set the two blades together to create user-friendly scissors.

Scissors were so prevalent in Japan, that they had different styles in Kyoto and Tokyo.

What is the difference between Tokyo-style and Kyoto-style grip scissors?



Kyoto-style scissors have long blades and a slim body (Left).

Tokyo-style scissors have shorter blades and larger grips, and a rather stocky body (Right).





Although they do not particularly vary in function, this distinction has existed since the Edo period (AD1603-1868).







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