Lacquer Banshu cutting scissors
Blade Length: 90mm
Ono City, in Hyogo Prefecture, of the Banshu region has a 250 year history of making cutlery.
The Banshu scissors are carefully finished one by one by the blacksmiths of the founder Tanaka Meister.
The coloured lacquer finish and gold lacquer detail give off a smooth polished lustre. Subtle colour changes appear over time after wear which are unique to natural lacquer unlike artificial materials.
The cutting scissors are made with steel blades which can be sharpened repeatedly over time to maintains their ability to slice and cut fabric and materials..
The lacquer painted onto the handles is made by Ehara Lacquer Works, which was founded in 1970 in Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture. They make lacquer mainly for temples and houses and buddhist atlars for the garden. The colour selected for the scissors was made utilising the experience and wisdom of craftsmen who have spent years through trial and error creating shades of browns and reds. Vermilion, a transparent lacquer is applied on top of the colour base to create a transparent lustre and depth.
The smooth polished texture of lacquer makes the handles fit comfortably in your hand and wears over time. The cloth to wrap the scissors uses the same high-quality Banshu woven textile which protects the surface. The scissors are decorated with a gold and silver tassel and can be tucked into genuine leather sheaf when not in use.
The Banshu Lacquer Scissors are workman’s scissors with the beauty of a finely honed tool to make the sewing and crafting experience memorable.