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History of Scissors

History of Scissors

History of Scissors

Scissors, whether they are home scissors for all types of use, or shears that are specialized for haircutting, are very familiar to us. Most households have at least one or more of this particular tool. 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, I thought I would investigate this a little bit.


Apparently, the first scissors were used somewhere around 3000 - 4000 years ago in Egypt! They were made 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; this is called “spring scissor”, and is a style still made to this day.


The direct descendant of the modern-day scissors was created by the ancient Romans around 100AD, called “pivoted scissors”. This trickled into to China, Japan, and Korea, where blade making traditions were applied to make these pivoted scissors. The Hangzhou Zhang Xiaoquan Company in Hangzhou, China has been manufacturing scissors since 1663 and is considered the OG of scissor production. How incredible that modern day scissors are actually not quite modern!


Now, the Japanese craftsmen applied the blade making tradition, spirit, and quality of steel to produce exceptional tools for many trades. KAI Corporation has been in the blade making business since 1908, and proud to present KASHO Shears as one of the best options for hairdressers. We will continue to keep the spirit of blade making and produce the best shears possible for our dear haircutters around the world! Thank you always for your continued support. #ilovekasho


With much Love,

Ty Isobe



Kasho Design Educator