This small shear has been traditionally produced for a long time in Japan. The main purpose of it is to cut string at the top of each blade, but it has many uses today from cutting string to snipping small herbs. It is designed to be gripped in hand, especially in a right hand. When gripping like a picture, everybody naturally presses the shear by the thumb and the index finger to squeeze to some degree, and it works to cross the blades at the top to cut even very thin string very smooth. This means, conversely, it takes a little more practice to use them if you're left-handed.
There are mainly two manufacturing places for these scissors. One is in Miki-Ono district near Osaka and the other is Sanjyo. The Miki-Ono district has been known much through Japan because the main textile factories concentrically gathered in the Osaka area, and so many women used the Nigiri-Basami there. This is where our grip scissors are made--a small blacksmith shop in Miki by a family blacksmith shop that specializes in making them.
We were especially attracted to these since they're one of the few makers that does them with top of the line aogami super steel. They'll cut great and stay sharp for a very long time.
They look classy and serve there purpose, which is to hang on a hook in the kitchen and be ready to go for opening plastic packaging. Not smooth and powerful, but very cool and they work for light duty snipping.
These are super sharp out of the box. I'm sure they will stay that way for awhile. They seem like they will be a challenge to sharpen, but I look forward to sharpeningredients them. How could yo7 not want scissors made out aogami super steel?