Difference between a Japanese edged tool and a European and American edged tool:
When discussing Japanese scissors, it is first necessary to explain the fundamental difference between Japanese and Western blades.In contrast to the blades made in most other countries, Japanese blades are a composite of at least two different types of steel of differing hardness.
The history of Japanese scissors:
In Japan, you can still find the U-shaped scissors (called Nigiri scissors) that date back to the second half of the 6th century and are thought to have given rise to modern scissors.The oldest extant U-shaped scissors in Japan are stored in the Tsuruoka Tenmangu Temple. They date to around the year 1200 and were used by Masako Hojo, legal wife of Yoritomo Minamoto, who founded the Kamakura Shogunate, as part of her cosmetics set. The world's oldest scissors are also of the U-shaped type, and are said to have been used to cut sheep's wool or as a surgeon's knife.
Scissor producing regions:
While Seki City in Gifu Prefecture, Sakai City in Osaka Prefecture, and Tsubame Sanjo in Niigata Prefecture are known as the three main regions that make Japanese scissors, there is also a long history and tradition of scissor manufacturing in the Banshu Ono, Tosa, Tanegashima, and Tokyo areas.