Actually, this should not bother us, because we know exactly where our scissors are made. It is only annoying that the reputation of Japanese craftsmanship and the name MIZUTANI are damaged by inferior imitation products. What you should watch out for: Providers of cheap imported goods advertise, for example, with “10-year warranty”, “grind-free” and “genuine handmade from Japan”. But here, too, caution is advised! Often the names of inferior scissors are well-sounding Japanese names that are supposed to suggest Japanese origin. However, these scissors are often not made in Japan or not made by hand.
You meet them everywhere
in Bologna, Paris, Frankfurt, Bucharest, Zurich
the scissors with Japanese names that stand for finest handiwork ``Made in Japan``
Proof of origin of the IHK
The lack of a company contact on the sales packaging can also be an indication of a cheap scissor copy. Every respected Japanese scissor forge would never miss the opportunity to advertise their good name on the packaging. Furthermore, a genuine handmade Japanese scissor carries the official seal “Handmade in Japan”. The reference to “Japanese steel HC 440” is not an indication of the authenticity of the scissors because this steel can be purchased anywhere in the world. A good scissor forge instead uses its own steel recipes and never discloses them.
The cheap offers are often imports from other countries that are sold to Europe via Japan to suggest Japanese origin. At trade fairs, they are then sold at inflated prices. It is not uncommon for the customer to be disappointed when the supposed Japanese scissor wonder turns out to be a “paper scissors”. Without question, any steel can be sharpened sharply – but the decisive factor is the durability of the sharpness.