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10 Best Tried and True Japanese Scissors in 2022 (Stationery Expert-Reviewed)

Have you ever wished for sharper scissors that could cut through most things with ease? Have you ever felt that your scissors are slightly difficult to use? When it comes to stationery, Japanese products are some of the very best in the world, with thoughtful designs that lead to products that are incredibly easy to use and well-made. Japanese scissors are no exception to this. Being an essential tool to have in your household for daily use, cutting things such as paper, milk cartons, and cardboard, there's nothing more stressful than a pair of scissors that don't quite cut as well when you need them to. However, with so many manufacturers, such as Kokuyo, Nakabayashi, and Plus, to name a few, as well as styles, features, and coatings, choosing the best scissors can be pretty difficult. 


To figure out the best Japanese scissors, we gathered the 36 best-selling products from e-commerce sites popular in Japan, like Amazon, Rakuten, and Yahoo! Shopping, and tested them all.


We tested each product for the following:

  1. Sharpness
  2. Ease of Use

We then ranked the ten best Japanese scissors based on the results of our tests. We also put together a buying guide to help you choose the best Japanese scissors!

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Kabeuji Tako
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  • Last updated: 06-30-2022
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What Makes Japanese Scissors Special?

What Makes Japanese Scissors Special?

As we mentioned earlier, when it comes to stationery, Japanese products are some of the best. Japanese scissors are just one example of excellent Japanese craftsmanship and design. Japan has a long history of blade-making, with several cities still existing where their economy is built almost entirely around the industry, such as Seki City in Gifu Prefecture, Sanjo City in Niigata Prefecture, and Sakai City in Osaka Prefecture.


Japanese scissors are known for their excellent sharpness and cutting ability, minimizing the stress and effort required to cut through most things. However, in recent years, Japanese stationery manufacturers have also begun playing with the shape of their blades, rather than simply pursuing pure sharpness. Recent developments in scissor blade design has pushed manufacturers to create products that maintain the optimal cutting angle no matter how wide or narrow you open the scissors, making them truly stress-free.


Japanese scissors are also often designed to resist stickiness, and are often coated with various materials, similar to non-stick frying pans. This ensures that the blade stays grime-free, keeping it sharp. Additionally, Japanese scissors also feature handles with various shapes and materials to ensure that your hands don't hurt when using the scissors, since this can also ultimately impede cutting ability.


Japanese scissors are made with thoughtful, innovative designs and materials to ensure that you can keep cutting. Keep on reading to learn more about the best Japanese scissors!

Compare the 10 Best Japanese Scissors

We gathered the 36 best-selling products from e-commerce sites popular in Japan, like Amazon, Rakuten, and Yahoo! Shopping, and tested them all.


We tested each product for the following:

  1. Sharpness
  2. Ease of Use

We then ranked the ten best Japanese scissors based on the results of our tests.


※Japanese prices for some products have been given, they've simply been converted to USD for convenience.

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Nakabayashi Stationery Sakutto Cut Hikigiri Titanium Coating NH-HT175M 1

Nakabayashi Stationery

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Kokuyo Co.,Ltd Saxa (Glue-less) Scissors P280R 1

Kokuyo Co.,Ltd

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Kokuyo Aerofit Saxa Titanium, Glue-less Scissors PT250DM 1

Kokuyo

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Plus Fitcut Curve Premium Titanium SC-175STN 1

Plus

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Kokuyo Airofit Saxa Glue-Less Blade  1

Kokuyo

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Nakabayashi Stationery Sakutto Cut Standard Fluorine Coating NH-SF175B 1

Nakabayashi Stationery

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OLFA Home Scissors L-Shape 112B 1

OLFA

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Kokuyo Titanium Coat Scissors ES Hasa-PT250N 1

Kokuyo

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Plus Fit Cut Scissors SC-165SP 34‐182 1

Plus

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Plus Fitcut Curve Fluorine 3D Blade SC-175SFN 35-257 1

Plus

Name

Sakutto Cut Hikigiri Titanium Coating NH-HT175M

Saxa (Glue-less) Scissors P280R

Aerofit Saxa Titanium, Glue-less Scissors PT250DM

Fitcut Curve Premium Titanium SC-175STN

Airofit Saxa Glue-Less Blade

Sakutto Cut Standard Fluorine Coating NH-SF175B

Home Scissors L-Shape 112B

Titanium Coat Scissors ES Hasa-PT250N

Fit Cut Scissors SC-165SP 34‐182

Fitcut Curve Fluorine 3D Blade SC-175SFN 35-257

Features

Features "Pull Cut" Effect for Low Effort Cut

Can be Used for Various Materials, Especially on Thin Paper

High Quality Coatings, Can Cut a Wide Range of Material

Cuts Adhesive Effectively, the Handle is So-So

Good For Detailed Cuts, But Causes Some Fatigue

Maintains Steady Cutting Angle, Not Recommended For Plastic Bottles

Effectively Cuts Even Hard Materials, A Bit Cumbersome to Use

Well-Made Blade, But Sub-Par Handle

Ambidextrous Grip, But Lacking in Sharpness

Cuts Smoothly, But a Bit Rigid and Clunky to Use

Price$4.15$9.06$13.41$6.09$12.20$15.36$7.34$6.81$6.55$4.11
Japaneseナカバヤシ サクットカット ヒキギリチタンコート モカNH-HT175Mコクヨサクサ(グルーレス刃)コクヨ エアロフィットサクサ チタン・グルーレス刃ハサ‐PT250DMプラス フィットカットカーブ プレミアムチタンSC-175STNコクヨ エアロフィットサクサ グルーレス刃ハサ‐P250Bナカバヤシ サクットカットスタンダードフッ素コートNH-SF175Bオルファ 家庭ばさみL型112Bコクヨ チタンコートハサミESハサ-PT250Nプラス はさみ フィットカットSC-165SP 34‐182プラス フィットカットカーブ フッ素3D刃SC-175SFN 35-257
Size (overall length/blade length)6.88x2.6 in.6.84x2.55 in.6.88x2.75 in.6.84x2.55 in.6.89x2.76 in.6.92x2.6 in.6.69x2.75 in.6.69x2.56 in.6.93x2.56 in.6.88x2.55 in.
Weight2.43 oz1.79 oz.2.25 oz.2.04 oz.2.26 oz.2.04, 1.65 oz.2.53 oz.1.98 oz.1.83 oz.1.83 oz.
Blade shapeStationery Pruning ShearsHybrid Arch BladeHybrid Arch BladeBernoulli-curve BladeHybrid arch bladeStraight, Oval BladeSerrated EdgeHybrid Arch BladeStraight edgeBernoulli-curve Blade
Handle MaterialABS Resin, Elastomer ResinRecycled ABS Resin, Elastomer ResinRecycled ABS Resin, Elastomer Resin44%Recycled Resin (85% Recycled ABS+TPE)Recycled ABS resin, elastomer resinABS Resin, Elastomer ResinABS resinABS resinRecycled ABS Resin, TPEABS resin, TPE
Blade materialStainless SteelStainless SteelStainless SteelHigh Carbon Stainless SteelStainless SteelStainless SteelStainless SteelStainless SteelStainless SteelStainless Steel
Coating/ExtraTitanium Coating, Anti-Glue BladeGlue-less BladeTitanium Coating, Glue-less BladeLong Lasting Sharpness, Non-StickinessGlue-less bladeFluorine Coating, Anti-Glue BladeN/ATitanium coatingN/AFluorine Coating, 3D Designed Blade
Holder/capYesYesYesYesYesNoNoNoNoYes
Sharpness4.74.74.44.44.44.44.24.44.03.8
Ease of use5.03.83.83.83.73.73.83.43.83.4
Overall score4.824.384.244.224.194.184.043.993.943.74
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10 Best Japanese Scissors

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Nakabayashi StationerySakutto Cut Hikigiri Titanium Coating NH-HT175M

$4.15

Japaneseナカバヤシ サクットカット ヒキギリチタンコート モカNH-HT175M
Size (overall length/blade length)6.88x2.6 in.
Weight2.43 oz
Blade shapeStationery Pruning Shears
Handle MaterialABS Resin, Elastomer Resin
Blade materialStainless Steel
Coating/ExtraTitanium Coating, Anti-Glue Blade
Holder/capYes
Sharpness4.7
Ease of use5.0
Overall score4.82
2

Kokuyo Co.,LtdSaxa (Glue-less) Scissors P280R

$9.06

Japaneseコクヨサクサ(グルーレス刃)
Size (overall length/blade length)6.84x2.55 in.
Weight1.79 oz.
Blade shapeHybrid Arch Blade
Handle MaterialRecycled ABS Resin, Elastomer Resin
Blade materialStainless Steel
Coating/ExtraGlue-less Blade
Holder/capYes
Sharpness4.7
Ease of use3.8
Overall score4.38
3

KokuyoAerofit Saxa Titanium, Glue-less Scissors PT250DM

$13.41

Japaneseコクヨ エアロフィットサクサ チタン・グルーレス刃ハサ‐PT250DM
Size (overall length/blade length)6.88x2.75 in.
Weight2.25 oz.
Blade shapeHybrid Arch Blade
Handle MaterialRecycled ABS Resin, Elastomer Resin
Blade materialStainless Steel
Coating/ExtraTitanium Coating, Glue-less Blade
Holder/capYes
Sharpness4.4
Ease of use3.8
Overall score4.24
4

PlusFitcut Curve Premium Titanium SC-175STN

$6.09

Japaneseプラス フィットカットカーブ プレミアムチタンSC-175STN
Size (overall length/blade length)6.84x2.55 in.
Weight2.04 oz.
Blade shapeBernoulli-curve Blade
Handle Material44%Recycled Resin (85% Recycled ABS+TPE)
Blade materialHigh Carbon Stainless Steel
Coating/ExtraLong Lasting Sharpness, Non-Stickiness
Holder/capYes
Sharpness4.4
Ease of use3.8
Overall score4.22
5

KokuyoAirofit Saxa Glue-Less Blade

$12.20

Japaneseコクヨ エアロフィットサクサ グルーレス刃ハサ‐P250B
Size (overall length/blade length)6.89x2.76 in.
Weight2.26 oz.
Blade shapeHybrid arch blade
Handle MaterialRecycled ABS resin, elastomer resin
Blade materialStainless Steel
Coating/ExtraGlue-less blade
Holder/capYes
Sharpness4.4
Ease of use3.7
Overall score4.19
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Nakabayashi StationerySakutto Cut Standard Fluorine Coating NH-SF175B

$15.36

Japaneseナカバヤシ サクットカットスタンダードフッ素コートNH-SF175B
Size (overall length/blade length)6.92x2.6 in.
Weight2.04, 1.65 oz.
Blade shapeStraight, Oval Blade
Handle MaterialABS Resin, Elastomer Resin
Blade materialStainless Steel
Coating/ExtraFluorine Coating, Anti-Glue Blade
Holder/capNo
Sharpness4.4
Ease of use3.7
Overall score4.18
7

OLFAHome Scissors L-Shape 112B

$7.34

Japaneseオルファ 家庭ばさみL型112B
Size (overall length/blade length)6.69x2.75 in.
Weight2.53 oz.
Blade shapeSerrated Edge
Handle MaterialABS resin
Blade materialStainless Steel
Coating/ExtraN/A
Holder/capNo
Sharpness4.2
Ease of use3.8
Overall score4.04
8

KokuyoTitanium Coat Scissors ES Hasa-PT250N

$6.81

Japaneseコクヨ チタンコートハサミESハサ-PT250N
Size (overall length/blade length)6.69x2.56 in.
Weight1.98 oz.
Blade shapeHybrid Arch Blade
Handle MaterialABS resin
Blade materialStainless Steel
Coating/ExtraTitanium coating
Holder/capNo
Sharpness4.4
Ease of use3.4
Overall score3.99
9

PlusFit Cut Scissors SC-165SP 34‐182

$6.55

Japaneseプラス はさみ フィットカットSC-165SP 34‐182
Size (overall length/blade length)6.93x2.56 in.
Weight1.83 oz.
Blade shapeStraight edge
Handle MaterialRecycled ABS Resin, TPE
Blade materialStainless Steel
Coating/ExtraN/A
Holder/capNo
Sharpness4.0
Ease of use3.8
Overall score3.94
10

PlusFitcut Curve Fluorine 3D Blade SC-175SFN 35-257

$4.11

Japaneseプラス フィットカットカーブ フッ素3D刃SC-175SFN 35-257
Size (overall length/blade length)6.88x2.55 in.
Weight1.83 oz.
Blade shapeBernoulli-curve Blade
Handle MaterialABS resin, TPE
Blade materialStainless Steel
Coating/ExtraFluorine Coating, 3D Designed Blade
Holder/capYes
Sharpness3.8
Ease of use3.4
Overall score3.74

How We Tested the Japanese Scissors

How We Tested the Japanese Scissors

We gathered the 36 best-selling products from e-commerce sites popular in Japan, like Amazon, Rakuten, and Yahoo! Shopping, and tested them all.


We tested each product for the following:

  1. Sharpness
  2. Ease of Use

In our ranking, we emphasized the sharpness of the scissors, as that is the primary function of this product. 

Test ① Sharpness

Test ① Sharpness

First, we tested the sharpness of the blades on a scale of one to five, with scissors that could easily cut a wider range of materials ranking higher.


We tested the sharpness of the scissors by using them to cut these seven different materials:

  • a sheet of paper 
  • carton
  • plastic bag
  • polypropylene band 
  • duct tape
  • cardboard
  • plastic bottles

Scissors With Opening Angle of 30 Degrees Performed the Best

Scissors With Opening Angle of 30 Degrees Performed the Best

The scissors with unique shaped blades tended to be rated the highest. Half of the top ten ranking products had either hybrid arched, Bernoulli curved, or a stationery pruning blade


The difference in cutting strength depending on blade shape was most apparent in the cardboard test. Straight-bladed scissors have weaker cutting strength due to their narrower opening angle, decreasing the tip's cutting force. 


However, a shaped blade, such as those mentioned, can retain a cutting angle of 30 degrees throughout the cut, improving the effective sharpness.

Test ② Ease of Use

Test ② Ease of Use

Secondly, we tested whether the scissors felt comfortable to use, scoring each product on a scale of one to five by comparing the pressure and fatigue felt when cutting a sheet of paper and cardboard.

Larger Handles Made With Soft Resin Were the Most Comfortable to Use

Larger Handles Made With Soft Resin Were the Most Comfortable to Use

Our test results showed that the handles made with soft resin caused minimal hand fatigue. Larger handles allow you to handle the scissors with more fingers, giving you increased cutting force with minimal fatigue. 


Additionally, scissors with uniquely shaped blades can make cutting for extended periods easier and smoother when compared to traditional straight-edge designs. Taken together, choosing an appropriate blade shape and handle design will ensure the best cutting experience

How to Choose Japanese Scissors - Buying Guide

We recommend considering the following five essential points when choosing Japanese Scissors, as highlighted by our expert.

Choose a Blade Shape to Match Your Cutting Needs

There are a wide variety of types of blade shapes. Each blade shape has different characteristics and cutting strength, with the most common straight-blade, to 'Pruning Shears,' a unique structure with a unique "hikigiri (pull-cut)" cutting effect. Read below for a more detailed explanation of each blade type! 

Straight Blade for Detailed Cutting, Corners and Thin Paper

Straight Blade for Detailed Cutting, Corners and Thin Paper

The straight-edge blade shape is suitable for cutting in a straight line as it is easy to direct the blades straight-forwardly. Sharper thin straight blades are ideal for delicate tasks such as doing paper crafts. For safety, the ones with a cover are recommended as the blade's tip can be pretty sharp. 


As you close the blades, the angle between the blades narrows near the tip reducing cutting strength, which makes cutting thick materials difficult.

Bernoulli-Curve Blades Are Versatile and Comfortable to USe

Bernoulli-Curve Blades Are Versatile and Comfortable to USe

The Bernoulli-curve blade scissors possess a gentle curve. They're designed to maintain a thirty-degree angle while cutting, which is the optimal angle at which to cut things. It makes cutting easier even when using the tip and can be used to cut various materials from looseleaf paper to hard cardboard.

Hybrid Arch Blade for Cutting Even Thick Cardboard with Minimal Effort

Hybrid Arch Blade for Cutting Even Thick Cardboard with Minimal Effort

Hybrid arch blade scissors have a wide blade with a curved tip. This blade design makes for a comfortable cutting experience, reducing stress on the hand


Compared to traditional straight-edged scissors, the opening angle makes cutting easier even when cutting thick cardboard.

Scissors Inspired by Pruning Shears Have Great Sharpness and Cuts With Minimal Effort

Scissors Inspired by Pruning Shears Have Great Sharpness and Cuts With Minimal Effort

As the name implies, these scissors were inspired by pruning shears used for gardening. This type of scissors has blades that are offset in length, with one blade being longer than the other, and features a curved blade edge. 


This makes for easy, low-effort cutting. The product name is 'Hikigiri' which translates to "cutting while pulling": the longer blade “pulls” the paper toward you as you cut, allowing for easier continuous cutting. This makes it easy to cut thicker paper products like cardboard and cartons.

Look For an Easy to Handle Grip That Decreases Hand Fatigue

Using scissors for an extended period, especially when cutting thicker material, can cause hand soreness and fatigue. To help alleviate this problem, we will introduce a few different handle materials for comfortable use. 

Resin Handles Are Soft and Comfortable to Hold

Resin Handles Are Soft and Comfortable to Hold

When cutting thicker, tougher material, scissors with soft-grip handles are the most comfortable to use. Some products use elastomer resin for the inner grip to lessen the burden on your hands while using. 

Kabeuji Tako
Stationery Expert
Kabeuji Tako

For scissors with soft material used for the handle, check if the inner handle is covered and that you don't feel uncomfortable using them.

Check the Handle Hole Size

Check the Handle Hole Size

Secondly, checking the size of the holes on the handle is also important. Cutting thicker materials is easier when you can fit more fingers into the handle.


On the other hand, large handle holes are unnecessary for cutting thinner materials, such as a sheet of paper. Smaller handle holes allow for more intricate control.

Kabeuji Tako
Stationery Expert
Kabeuji Tako

Find a pair of scissors with a grip that fits your fingers and doesn't feel awkward when you use them. By putting your thumb and middle finger in the handles and supporting your index finger, you can increase the stability of your grip.

Blade Shape and Coating Determine Ease of Use and Durability

Blade Shape and Coating Determine Ease of Use and Durability

When cutting adhesive tape, choose the scissors with a glue-less blade, anti-glue blade, beveled blade, or fluorine-coated blade to prevent the blades from becoming sticky


A fluorine resin-coated blade prevents the blades from getting sticky, similar to non-stick pans. However, the coating can wear and degrade in effectiveness over time. 


The titanium-coated blade has high durability and long-lasting rust resistance, which aids in retaining sharpness for long periods of time. If you plan on keeping the same pair of scissors for a long time, then look for titanium-coated scissors.

Kabeuji Tako
Stationery Expert
Kabeuji Tako

It can be hard to tell when you should replace your scissors, but if they are for practical daily use, think of them as disposable goods, and don't hesitate to buy a new pair if you notice that the blades are dull, damaged, or if the handle has deteriorated in any way. 

Compact Sized Scissors Are Great For On-The-Go Use

Compact Sized Scissors Are Great For On-The-Go Use

Standard-sized scissors can be cumbersome to carry around with you. While none made it onto our top 10, a stick-type pair of scissors is very compact and can fit in your pen case or bag, making them highly convenient. 


These are great for cutting tags off purchased goods or snipping off loose threads on your clothes while on the go! 

Choose a Design Depending on The User

Child-Proof Scissors Are The Safest to Use

Child-Proof Scissors Are The Safest to Use

When buying scissors for children, safety is the most crucial concern. Look for scissors of the right size for children's hands, plastic-covered blades with a rounded tip, or even scissors with a safety cap. There are even scissors with plastic blades that can be used for practicing. 

Special Scissors For Left-Handed People

Special Scissors For Left-Handed People

Most standard scissors are made for right-handed people, making them difficult or uncomfortable to use for southpaws. Some scissors are specially made for left-handed people, with the blade and handle alignment reversed allowing for better visibility while cutting.


※Note that all the scissors featured in this article were primarily designed for right-hand use.

Clean With Rubbing Alcohol to Maintain Sharpness

Clean With Rubbing Alcohol to Maintain Sharpness

An extra tip for retaining sharpness is to understand the characteristics of the material of the blade of your scissors and avoid cutting material that can damage the blade. For example, when cutting adhesive tape, use scissors with anti-glue or glue-less coating. 


The worst enemy for scissors is rust, so as soon as you notice the blade gets wet, make sure that it is wiped completely dry. Lastly, dust or dirt can degrade the sharpness of your scissors as well, so wipe your scissors regularly with a soft cloth soaked in rubbing alcohol.

More Scissors For Specific Usages

While the scissors we featured in this article are great for most purposes, sometimes you need the right tool for the job to get it done right.

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