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Tanebasami Scissors Presentation Gift Boxes

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Traditional Japanese scissors
in a handsome paulownia gift box.
Shirogami white#1 steel. Hand-forged on Tanegashima.

Tanebasami scissors make a stylish, thoughtful and practical gift that can be used and appreciated for many years.

In Japan Tanebasami are given on all sorts of occasions - gift-giving is a much-loved Japanese custom after all - but perhaps most surprisingly they are thought of as a traditional bridal present.

Here as in many other parts of the world we usually don't give a bride a 'cutting' gift like a knife, one that might 'cut' the ties of marriage. Tanebasami are viewed differently. The reasoning is that each Tanebasami blade must be matched with its perfect partner, the two blades each representing half of a whole. They are inseparable, working in harmony in a lifelong partnership, symbolising the perfect marriage. We think that's kind of nice.

They're not just for weddings of course. Tanebasami craft and fabric scissors make a lovely coming-of-age gift for young ladies, and a unique and practical birthday gift for anyone engaged in creative pastimes. Retirement, house-warming, celebrating a new hobby - all ages, many occasions!

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All Tanebasami gift boxes arrive beautifully gift-wrapped in Tanegashima-themed wrapping paper bearing the words 'Tanegashima, since 1543'. The year is significant because it was the year of Japan's first contact with Europeans, Portuguese shipwrecked on Tanegashima. With them arrived such new products as firearms, bread, tobacco and the roman-style scissors now known as Tanebasami. These wonderful scissors have been hand-crafted on the island for over 460 years!

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Tanebasami gift boxes are crafted from beautiful paulownia. Paulownia is a remarkably light, sustainable wood often used for kimono chests and presentation boxes for masks, tea ceremony cups and utensils, scrolls and so on. It has a lovely grain and ages very nicely. Tanebasami gift boxes are heirloom quality and are printed with the Japanese kanji characters for 'hontanebasami', meaning 'genuine Tanegashima scissors'. The kanji looks to be handwritten, but as all the boxes are identical we can tell you with some confidence that it is not : )

Our selection...

G-1 5 sun black Tanebasami
5 sun Tanebasami (15.15cm total length) are perfect for patchwork, papercrafts, book-binding and repairs, in fact any and all crafts that call for precision cutting.

Box dimensions: 285mm x 195mm x 40mm.
Shipping weight: 275 grams.
Shipping: Free worldwide.

G-2 6 sun black Tanebasami
6 sun Tanebasami (18.18cm total length) are the recommended length for all-purpose scissors.
Box dimensions: 215mm x 95mm x 35mm.
Shipping weight: 295 grams.
Shipping: Free worldwide.

G-3 7.5 sun black Tanebasami
7.5 sun Tanebasami (22.7cm total length) are sewing scissors, perfect for fabrics and pattern-cutting. In years past they were used when sewing kimonos, which requires long, straight cuts. They have a timeless design and they cut all fabrics wonderfully well.
Box dimensions: 275mm x 105mm x 40mm.

Shipping weight: 450 grams.
Shipping: Free worldwide.

G-5 5 sun  + 7.5 sun black Tanebasami
A nice combination of sewing and everday scissors in a gift presentation.
Box dimensions: 285mm x 195mm x 40mm.
Shipping weight: 750 grams.
Shipping: Free worldwide.

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.

We accept all major credit cards through our PayPal credit-card payment facility. PayPal members may also choose to pay with their PayPal account balance. Payment data is secure, private and is not shared with the owners of this website.

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.

Product Videos

Forging Tanebasami scissors (08:33)
A fascinating look at the hand-forging of Japan's famous Tanebasami scissors.Crafted on Tanegashima Island since the 1540's, using the techniques of master sword-makers, Tanebasami have a dream-like cutting ability and feel wonderfully warm in your hand - they're unlike any other scissors. Admiring their beautiful form is almost as much fun as using them! More information at www.tanebocho.com
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