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When I lived and worked as a village bladesmith in Japan for 18 years, I had occasion to sharpen and repair several hundred pairs of scissors of all kinds, shapes and sizes. Over the years, one brand of scissors left a lasting impression on me as being of the very finest quality. No matter what condition they were in when the customer brought them to me for refurbishing, they always cleaned up the best, and always got "scary sharp" when I was finished working on them. The brand that cut and performed better than all the others was and remains to this day, TOKYO SHOZABURO TOBASAMI.

Shozaburo & Company make the best Japanese fabric shears and every-day use scissors that we've found on the market. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, including semi- and full-left-hand styles. What makes Shozaburo scissors stand out is their superior construction and their ability to maintain a tight blade mesh and sharpness. These production techniques date back to the 1800's. You can learn more about the company and their production process by clicking on their company link above.

To find out more about Carter Cutlery and our connection with Shozaburo, please read our FAQ.