Masamune Left Handed Dressmaking Shears are manufactured by Yoshioka Hamono. Although perhaps more famous now for their topiary shears these days, it was actually these dressmaking shears that initially put Yoshioka Hamono on the map in 1946, establishing themselves as masters of blades. Yoshioka Hamono is located in Ono, a region renowned for its steel forges and expertise in metal work. With a history dating back 1,200 years, the blacksmiths of Ono rival those of the northern Japanese city of Sanjo (Tsubame) in Niigata. Since 1946, Yoshioka Hamono have been producing a wide range of garden shears and tailors’ scissors. Their legendary curved topiary shears in particular have also earned them many enthusiastic fans all around the world.
Japanese scissors for all sewing enthusiasts
Making good scissors is difficult enough, but producing high-quality left-handed scissors is an even greater challenge. Unfortunately, left-handed scissors are scarce in the market and there are a few reasons for this. It is technically harder to make them. Additionally, there is less demand for left-handed scissors, which makes it harder for manufacturers to profitably produce them. This makes it harder for manufacturers to make left handed products profitable. As a result, many makers shy away from left-handed scissors.
Thanks to Yoshioka Hamono, who have always stood on the users’ side. They are committed to their customers and recognise the importance of producing products that cater to diverse users.
These 24cm fabric shears are ideal for cutting from bolts of fabric or larger pieces. Even with delicate, light-weight fabrics such as silk, georgette or lace, you can rely on these scissors to cut effortlessly and straight.
shears for life
Masamune Left Handed Dressmaking Shears are made from White Paper (Shirogami No.2) Grade Hitachi Yasugi Steel. It is a premium steel that many makers use to produce items such as high quality Japanese kitchen knives. These hand forged tools are made to last and to retain their sharpness for a long time.
These shears are designed so that they can be sharpened if you ever feel the need for it. These hand forged shears last a lifetime if properly looked after. This longevity means that these traditionally crafted shears are great sustainable products – even more relevant and important now than ever before. Let us all get a decent pair and pass them on for generations. These shears make a great gift for anyone left handed with sewing projects. They come in a beautiful red gift box adorned with a classic Japanese pattern.
history of Japanese tailor’s shears
These tailor’s shears are called “rasha” scissors in Japan. The word “rasha” comes from “raxa”, derived from the old Portuguese word for “thick, coarse cloth”. Western-style scissors are believed to have been introduced to Japan in the mid 19th Century. The Japanese adjusted the western scissors to suit their use, making them more compact, lighter and sharper.
– High Quality Left Handed Japanese Dressmaking Shears
– Material: White Paper (shirogami) Grade, Hitachi Yasugi Steel
Total Length: 25cm
Blade Length (from the rivet): 12cm
Blade Thickness: 5mm
– Keep in a dry place
– Do not leave them wet
– Do not sharpen the back of the blades. The secret of Japanese scissors is in the back of the blades.
– To maintain the sharpness and if you are not using them for a while, say 6 months, we recommend you apply a drop of Japanese camellia seed oil around the rivet. Open and close a few times and wipe off any excess oil.