Making $35,000 Bonsai Scissors

Making $35,000 Bonsai Scissors


– [Narrator] When it comes
to Japanese metal work, knives usually get all the glory. But in the city of Sakai, where blacksmithing
goes back to the making of samurai swords in the 14th century, one craftsman has built a legacy on something a little different. Scissors to split paper, food,
and, of course, Bonsai trees. This is Yasuhiro Hirakawa, who
works under the brand Sasuke. – [Narrator] Hirakawa is a
fifth generation scissor maker, and he has been doing
it for half a century. He is the only traditional
scissor craftsman left in all of Japan. – [Narrator] It takes
Hirakawa a week or longer, working 10 hours a day, to
make a pair of scissors- three to four times as
long as making a knife; and that effort is reflected in the price. (hammering) – [Narrator] But what are you gonna do with scissors that expensive? To answer that, here’s Masakazu Yoshikawa,
a craftsman of Bonsai. (cheerful orchestral music) For a master like Yoshikawa, a key in crafting perfect Bonsai, is the perfect pair of scissors. (hammering) (snipping) (hammering) – [Narrator] And Yoshikawa still remembers his first pair of Sasuke scissors. (hammering) – [Narrator] But for Hirakawa, he’s only just gotten started. (hammering)

100 thoughts on “Making $35,000 Bonsai Scissors

  1. If he is the last one, when he retires or dies, think how much those scissors will be worth then. They will be highly prized by the wealthiest bonzai fans in Japan, maybe the world.

  2. Dude i Respekt the Mans work But all this shit in Japan is just made expensive for no reason i can Buy diamond sisors for That price

  3. Spending over $1000 on expensive Japanese scissors or go to Walmart and get a cheap pair and a handjob in the parking lot, all for around $20…. what to choose, what to choose

  4. Even many of the mass produced tools that are made in Japan are just superior. I'm a big fan of Japanese tools and am never disappointed 😁

  5. what a joke, cant stand this blatant over emphasis on this level of "quality" for things as simple as a pair of scissors. how on earth can it be necessary for them to be worth £35,000. how could a pair that ONLY… cost £1,000 not be good enough? to cut a branch of a tree? there is a level to stop at. this is way past it. if you've dedicated your life to be this "good" at making scissors, then im my opinion you may have wasted a lot of it

  6. Y'all westerners should atleast understand the pronunciation of the 1 or 2 other language words that you're gonna use in your video… Like how hard is it… The bonsai guy himself pronounced it multiple times… It's SA-AS-KAY not SA-SOOKAY smh

  7. Time and patience from a perfectionist, plying his family tradition and showing respect to past his generations.

  8. Imagine dedicating 50 years of your life to one craft, and still having the drive and motivation to improve. That is absolutely amazing.

  9. If the word "perfect" everytime that it is used would be exchanged for the phrase "very good" I would be "down" with the rhetoric 😉

  10. Scissorboy and Bonzaiman are definitely in cahoots! They promote each others products to gullible customers.

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