The Mizutani Story
The tradition of the Mizutani began in 1921 in Asakusa, Tokyo where the first Mizutani decided to produce the best quality hair styling scissors. His passion was to make scissors that are razor-sharp and durable yet easy-to-handle at the same time. Over the years we have continued to focus on improving our craftsmanship to produce the highest quality scissors in the industry.
Mizutani Scissors have been one of the most popular hair styling scissors among the top professional hair stylists throughout the world for its impeccable quality and superb usability.
All Mizutani Scissors are 100% handcrafted by a team of highly skilled craftsmen at the factory in Chiba, Japan. From cutting steel to polishing for the finish, each shear receives the closest attention throughout the process to ensure the highest quality.
We use the highest class of steel that appropriately contains the right amount of cobalt, molybdenum and vanadium. Each scissors has its own unique function and our goal is to create the best scissors for each purpose by choosing proper steel to begin with. For example, Acro Stellite contains 50% or more of cobalt which gives you a softer and sticky cutting feeling and also the sharpness lasts longer while DAMA series uses CMC micro powder metal (patented) and contains more molybdenum to make the blade durable and last even longer.
Our scissors are hardened by the special heat-treatment process called “sub-zero process”. Heated by the high temperature of 1000C+ degrees, then cooled quickly in the -100C degrees. Repeating this process makes the scissors extremely strong and hardly distort.
Design and Trend
Even simplest scissors have changed its design with the hairstyle and the fashion trend. Here are some of our symmetrical type scissors that were made through the years.
For example, the 4.5 inches scissors made in the 70′s are produced in time when Sassoon cut became popular. The leaf type scissors made in the 60′ are the prototype of current Acroleaf and Acroleaf Wide. New Pixy which was released in 2006 has ergonomic form with three-dimentional design handle. Although these are very simple symmetrical type scissors, they have been, and will be constantly changing its design to adapt the fashion trend.
Mizutani USA / Motik, Inc. provides a lifetime warranty on every Mizutani product purchased from us. All Mizutani products are hand made in Japan, part by part for the best durability and performance. Mizutani products are designed and made from the top quality steel to provide longevity and the ability to be sharpened over and over.
Mzutani scissors that have been damaged by a non-authorized sharpener, poorly maintained, misused or over-worn will not be covered.
To claim warranty, please contact us and we will walk you through the simple procedures.
Customize to Your Hand
Mizutani’s “Customize to Your Hand” is a project that is committed to satisfy the desires of most discerning MIZUTANIST.
We offer exclusive service dedicated to one of a kind Scissor/Shear with close attention for your choice of blade, handle, tang and screw. We also engrave your logo, initial, and name.
Please contact us for more details.
Mizutani USA / Motik, Inc. guarantees sharpening that is why we send it back to the factory to be sharpened by the person who in addition is a professional sharpener but also knows how to make scissors.
Why Factory Sharpening is important
Every single factory such as Hikari, Mack, etc. has their own degree of the angle on each individual blade – we refer to it as “Factory Angled Blade.” Therefore, factory sharpening is recommended to preserve the longevity of Mizutani scissors. Only factory-authorized sharpeners know the specific degree of every angle in the blade allowing them to remove a minimum amount of steel.
If you would like to have your scissors sharpened by Mizutani factory please follow the steps below
- We only sharpen Mizutani scissors.
- We charge $30 for factory sharpening plus $10 for shipping and handling per scissors.
- Download and fill out the FACTORY SHARPENING REQUEST FORM.
- Ship your scissors to the following address:
Mizutani USA / Motik, Inc. – Sharpening Services
1450 Sutter Street Suite 428
San Francisco, CA 94109
- Make sure to include a check made payable to Motik Inc. in the amount of $40.
- Make sure to include the “FACTORY SHARPENING REQUEST FORM”.
- Make sure to include your business card.
How to ship your scissors
- Put a rubber band around the tip of the scissors.
- Wrap the scissors in a paper towel, tissue paper, bubble wrap or plastic wrap for extra protection.
- Place the scissors in a padded envelope or a sturdy box.
Time frame on factory sharpening
As soon as we receive the scissors we ship them directly to Mizutani factory located in Chiba, Japan. We ship the scissors via USPS Express Mail Services which can take up to 5 days. Once the scissors are sharpened they are sent back to us which can take up to 7 days. We approximate it takes 2-3 weeks for the entire process.
Please contact us if you have any questions about our Factory Sharpening Service.
Authorized Sharpening Service in the U.S.
Alternatively, you can send your scissors to our partner “DIAMOND SHARP SHEARS” in North Carolina, U.S.
Please visit www.ShearSharpeningRaleigh.com for more information on their sharpening method and other details.
Norm Voller is a former manufacturing executive, chemist, software engineer and entrepreneur. In 2007 he was introduced to the craft of shear sharpening and began studying the industry for the best and most consistent techniques. With his unique background in research, engineering and entrepreneurship, he developed an expert understanding of the processes and dynamics of sharpening scissors.
In 2008, Norm began sharpening and selling shears in Raleigh, North Carolina, and quickly developed a reputation for creating the best and most precise cutting edges. Today he sharpens shears for stylists around the country.
In 2013, Mizutani Scissors, in Japan, named Norm, Master Sharpener for the U.S., and invited him to travel to Japan to share and compare secrets with Mizutani’s expert staff. He uses the same equipment and processes as the Mizutani Factory in Tokyo so that his shears come to you sharpened to the same standard of excellence applied to shears sharpened in Japan.