SOKAN is the brand of Pruning Shears with the history of 140 years. The SOKAN brand products factory is located in Yamagata prefecture, which is famous as a production center for forged gardening tools.
The first Sokan was born in 1819 and he was a blacksmith of Japanese Swords. After the end of Samurai era, demand for Japanese Sword decreased and the production was switched over to various shears. It was around 1870-1874 and the foundation year is regarded as 1870. Around 1880 the original model of the current pruning shears was developed and since then the factory has been focusing on and producing pruning shears.
His pruning shears are produced in a traditional way inheriting the process of Japanese Sword makiing. A tapered screw is used to fix the blades (photo 2672) and as a result, the shears can be used without looseness on the screw for a long time. This is the most important thing for shears.
A seasoned craftsman is giving the cutting edge and the shears have excellent cutting quality. The steel material used is called KA70 which is widely used for cutlery in Japan.