Scissors are very familiar to us to where most household has at least one or more of this particular tool. We use them at home to cut paper, food, fabric, and many different materials. We use them behind the chair to cut hair everyday. Have you ever thought about the history behind it and when the first scissor was invented? As a hairdresser that works with shears every single day to make a living, this is a particularly interesting subject for us.
Our research places the first scissors somewhere around 3000 – 4000 years ago in Egypt! This is much older than my guess. They made these prototypes with 2 bronze blades connected by a thin, curved bronze strip at the end of the blades. Squeezing the blades brought them together, and releasing them opened them up; mechanism referred as “spring scissor”.
The ancient Romans around 100AD creates the direct descendants to modern day scissors. This is the invention of “pivoted scissors”. This trickles into China, Japan, and Korea, where blade making traditions are applied to make these pivoted scissors. The Hangzhou Zhang Xiaoquan Company in Hangzhou, China has been manufacturing scissors since 1663 and is considered the originators of scissor production. How incredible that modern day scissors are actually not quite that modern!
Now, the Japanese craftsmen applied the blade making tradition, spirit, and quality of steel to produce exceptional tools for many trades. Kai corp has been in the blade making business since 1908, and proud to present Kasho Shears as one of the best options for hairdressers. Our students at The Salon Professional Academy Ft Myers proudly use these Japanese shears for their haircutting training.
We believe using quality tools during training makes a difference in the quality of work. Hence, we will continue to implement high quality tools for our students to use throughout their trainings. Diving deeper into the history of scissors and how its implemented everyday around us creates a huge appreciation for these tools.
With much Love,
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