*First broadcast on September 16, 2021. After scissors arrived in Japan, they evolved in unique ways. Japanese artisans applied traditional sword-making techniques to the creation of a broad variety of highly specialized and customized tools. Our guest is Kawasumi Masakuni, a third-generation maker of bonsai scissors. He demonstrates several different types and talks about the latest innovations. He also comments on changing perceptions of bladed tools in Japan, and his hopes for the future.
Peter Barakan visits a long-established shop that sells scissors and other bladed tools.
Kawasumi Masakuni, a third-generation maker of bonsai scissors, introduces several different types.