Nigiri Scissors Black
Made in Japan
10.5 x 3cm / Blade 4cm
These iconic u-shaped scissors are an essential tool for sewing and embroidery. Nigiri means grip, this simple and compact design makes it handy and fast to grip in one hand. Used by Japanese dressmakers and tailors for many years, nigiri scissors are also easy to handle for anyone who loves to work with threads, textiles and other arts & crafts.
Made from high-grade steel, these scissors are hand finished by skilled craftsmen and have an excellent sharpness to them. The thin and pointy blades precisely enables to aim, snip and trim thread and small detail work. The surface treatment is called “Ibushi”, or smoke finish, and this is what gives it the rich black colour.
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Kiya is a company that manufactures hardware such as knives and cutlery in Nihonbashi Muromachi, Tokyo. A long-established store founded in the middle of the Edo period, it is known as “Kiya of cutlery”. Known for their professional kitchen knives, they also handle general hardware such as cutlery, pots & pans, and various scissors for gardening.
The first Kiya store opened in 1573 by an original founder Kyube Hayashi, who served to Toyotomi family as a tradesman of medicine materials in Osaka. Then Shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa invited his brother to Edo, and he opened a store in Honcho (Tokyo). The brother’s store was separated from the Osaka one, so he separated a Chinese character of his family name(Hayashi, 林) into two parts(Ki, 木 and 木), then he named his store Kiya (木屋).
This store traded in fancy goods, Japanese ware and candles, and remained open for centuries. Then in 1792, after working his way up through the company, Iisuke Kato received permission to establish a new store with the same name, “Kiya”, with both stores operating next to each other. The new Kiya store traded in cutlery and other merchandise not being sold at the original store and continues to do so to this day.
In the great picture scroll Kidaisyoran (1805), you can see the Kiya stores as they were at that time, with their original trademark symbol printed on the shop curtain. This trademark is the same one which is still used today, over two hundred years later.
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