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    #14th century samurai swords   
    Sakai bladesmithing goes back to 14th century samurai swords.
  • 00:16
     
    #Sasuke scissors   
    Sasuke scissors to split paper, food, and bonsai trees.
  • 01:20
     
    #week to make scissors   
    It takes 3rd generation bladesmith Hirakawa a week to make scissors.
  • 01:36
     
    #from $1,100 - $32,4200   
    Scissors range from $1,100 - $32,4200
  • 01:56
     
    #Bonsai tree pruning   
    Bonsai tree pruning.

Making $35,000 Bonsai Scissors

When it comes to Japanese craftsmanship, knives often get all the glory. But in the city of Sakai, where traditional metalwork goes back centuries, there is one man who has built his legacy on something a little different. Master blacksmith Yasuhiro Hirakawa is the only traditional scissor maker left in Japan. Using ancient methods, Hirakawa’s legendary scissors can take four times longer to forge than a traditional knife. To buy one of his creations can set you back a hefty amount—his most expensive pair of scissors cost $35,000. For bonsai craftsmen like Masakazu Yoshikawa, however, it’s a small price to pay for the chance to work with the highest quality tools. This Great Big Story video was inspired by Genesis. SUBSCRIBE: https://goo.gl/vR6Acb #Japan #SmallBusiness #Bonsai Got a story idea for us? Shoot us an email at hey [at] GreatBigStory [dot] com Follow us behind the scenes on Instagram: http://goo.gl/2KABeX Make our acquaintance on Facebook: http://goo.gl/Vn0X






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