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'Ikenobo' Hand-forged Flower Shears

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Traditional ikebana shears of the Ikenobo style.
YSS Aogami blue#2 steel.
Hand-forged  on Tanegashima Island.

In a chance encounter on a local train recently I asked a friend, Hiroshima ikebana master Maehara sensei, what makes a great pair of ikebana shears 'great'. She paused for a moment before offering her one-word answer: "Rhythm".

Ikebana is deep. But you don't have to be a follower of Ka-do ('the way of flowers') to appreciate these fine shears. Whether kneeling in your kimono before the tokonoma, enjoying some flower harvesting in the garden or smiling your way through another day in the store, these are flower shears that you can treasure forever. Their open design allows them to be used comfortably in any size hand.

For the longevity of the stem and for a calm and confident attitude to your creative work you need sharp blades that will stay sharp. The centuries-old forging techniques used only on Tanegashima promise the sharpest, most durable blades you'll ever buy. The hand-forged blue-2-steel is exceptionally hard. The 'uraba' (the inside faces of the blades) are slightly concave, giving an exceptionally clean cut.

All that aside, they're beautiful! Organic, somehow. Weighty yet balanced, with a lovely rough/smooth finish to the handle (does that make sense?) We can't decide if they look Greek, Arabic, Chinese or Japanese but do they have a kind of ancient vibe.

Total length: 170mm

Weight in hand: 151 grams / 5.3 oz

Shipping: Free worldwide shipping

Certified as a product of cultural and historical significance by the Kagoshima Prefectural Government

Tanegashima Island lies south of the main islands of Japan, at an intersection of winds and currents that over the centuries delivered new people, technologies and commodities to its shores. Bread, tobacco, scissors, guns - all were first introduced to Japan through Tanegashima. 

Some historians believe that Japan's first iron-making may have occurred on Tanegashima, the technology having arrived from the west or south or both independently, and that it was the island's plentiful sa-tetsu iron-sand that went into making Japan's first iron. 

In any case the technology of manufacturing hagane jewel-steel was central to the island's culture and prosperity for many centuries. Tens of generations of craftsmen passed on the time-honored methods and skills required for the forging of Tanegashima's knives and scissors, 'tane-bocho' and 'tane-basami'.

See here for more about Tanegashima's fascinating history.

Tanegashima's edge tools are renowned for their beauty, utility and craftsmanship. Since 2010 Tanegashima Hamono has delivered these wonderful knives, scissors and shears to customers all over the world.

'Hamono' is the Japanese term for 'edge tool', hence 'Tanegashima Hamono' as our business name. The 'tanebocho' in our domain name is the Japanese for a knife made on the island. 

See our contact page for more information about us.

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To make a purchase, add the product to your shopping cart and proceed to checkout. On confirming your order and entering your shipping details you will be guided through the payment process on PayPal's secure payments page. When you have completed payment you will be returned to the Tanegashima Hamono website.

We will send a confirmation of your order to you by email, followed by an email advising of your shipping details for tracking purposes.

Please refer to our ordering and shipping page for more info about purchasing from Tanegashima Hamono.

We use Japan Post's EMS international express service to deliver products quickly and efficiently worldwide. It's the most cost-effective way to send your insured, trackable shipment from Japan.

Please refer to our ordering and shipping page for full details.

We have a generous returns policy. If things don't work out you may choose a replacement item, a store credit, or a full refund.

Our full returns policy is explained here. 

Sharp-eyed visitors will have spotted the Kagoshima Prefecture 'Dentou Kougei' mark on our product photographs. What's that about?

Dentou Kougei translates to 'Traditional Industrial Art'. Japan as a nation is very proud of its long heritage in hand-made industrial products and has the Dentou Kougei system of recognition and certification for true traditionalists. It's a means of identifying and supporting the shokunin master craftsmen and craftswomen who preserve this aspect of Japanese culture.

Products must be truly hand-made and not machine fabricated. In addition to methods employed in manufacture, makers that qualify must have a certain continuous history of production and the guild to which they belong must meet certain requirements pertaining to membership, length of establishment and turnover. 

The rigorous Dentou Kougei certification process guarantees a product is among 'best of breed' and truly hand-crafted. 

'Dentou Kougei' certification is not specific to knives. Products that bear this mark might be kimono sashes, chopsticks, lacquerware, jewellery, fountain pens, leather accessories, archery bows, cricket cages - it is a long and wonderful list and for lovers of Japanese culture well worth investigation. It was in part our enthusiasm for Dentou Kougei that led to the creation of the Tanegashima Hamono business and website.

If there's something you'd like to know and we haven't covered it please contact us by email, we'll most likely get back to you on the same day, if not immediately.

Please use the enquiry form on this page.

If it can't wait you can call or message us on +81 80 4267 0766, but please bear in mind we're on Japan time and may not be awake when you are. There's voice mail in the event we're not available, in which case you can leave your number and a short message and we will return your call.

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  1. 抜群ばつぐん!花ばさみ 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 2nd Feb 2011


    'Batsugun, batsugun hanabasami'
    (Excellent, excellent flower shears)

    I gave these as a gift to my recently married daughter. Until now she used ordinary scissors for cutting flowers but flowers need flower shears!
    The cut is so clean and the sensation of cutting is wonderful. Blooms keep much longer and our plants are much happier. It doesn't matter what style of flower arrangement you do, these shears will feel nice and natural in your hand.

    (This review was originally posted on 19th Jan 2011)

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