||[Mar. 22nd, 2006|12:37 pm]
Joe's girlfriend Sara is a hairdresser. She just spent £70 on a pair of scissors. Apparently this is the bottom end of the market. Go to the top end and you can multiply that figure by ten. |
The best scissors come from Japan.
My favorite store in Kyoto sold scissors, knives, and swords.
Apparently the technology that makes the samurai sword peerless, also goes into the making of the scissors. I 've learned something today.
I wonder what makes them so expensive? Sharp is sharp. Are they extra-pointy?
The processing of the steel (so they hold an edge especially well), the design, the balance of the scissors. Japanese scissors can be works of art.
Japanese scissors can be works of art.
I had no idea, but I am not surprised. I once worked in Fusion Research for Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and one of the experiments was a Large Coil Test that was comprised of eight superconducting giant magnets, each made by different facilities around the world. The Japanese magnet was polished to a fine sheen and was accompanied by scientists who presented it with a formal tea ceremony.
The United States magnet was dripping with oil, and some of the welds were not coreect.
I had no idea before today that the Japanese did such fine metal work. Swords, yes, but I thought that was it.