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MIZUTANI ELEMENT CHALLENGE

What is the Mizutani Element Challenge?

Community building through education both locally and globally are the centerpiece to the Mizutani brand. Whether barber or stylist, our hairdresser community is here to inspire, grow, and help grow the skill set of one another. For this challenge, artists were encouraged to make a 1-3 minute video and recreate a hairstyle that has been an inspiration to them behind the chair. The winner was voted on Instagram based on which participant recreated the hairstyle most similarly to the source photo, as well as the effectiveness in breaking down their techniques for the desired look.

Andrew Mejia, a San Francisco Bay Area barber was the winner of the first ever Mizutani Element Video Challenge. Congratulations Andrew! Check out his video!!

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FAQs

Are Mizutani Scissors made in Japan?

Yes. Hikari, B-mac aside, we are one of the only scissor companies in North America that have a factory in Japan. Our tools are made in the hands of master craftsmen who are disciplined in a very long history of working with raw metals and steel (Since 1921).

How do you know if a scissor is made in Japan?

That’s simple, look for a stamp that reads “Made in Japan”. And no, a stamp that reads “Japan” does not mean the same as Made in Japan. You could also ask a rep from any shear brand to provide a business address located in Japan.

Do you offer a payment plan?

Yes. We use a buy now pay later system called Afterpay.

Why does it matter what type of metal my shears are made out of?

Just like a well prepped meal. You want to know where your food comes from. The building material (ingredients) of your scissor is everything.

How should I wrap my scissors to ship out for sharpening?
  1. Put a rubber band around the tip of the scissor.
  2. Wrap the shears in a paper towel, tissue paper, bubble wrap or plastic wrap for extra protection.
  3. Place them in a padded envelope or a sturdy box.
Does the Mizutani Factory sharpen scissors that are not Mizutani?

No. If they did not make them, they will not fix them. Make sure to check in with our domestic support team, they may be able to help out. (See “Support” section located at the landing pages above)

What is the difference between Japanese Factory Maintenance and a Certified Sharpener?

Did you know that “certification” for a sharpener is a thing? It is standard in Japan, but not in many other parts of the world. Our factory workers in Japan have been making and maintaining the highest level of Japanese metal working for close to a 100 years (since 1921). In this time, they have created a certification program (first do do so internationally in Japan) for sharpeners to come and become factory approved. A “Certified Sharpener” refers to a person who has been trained at the Mizutani Factory.

What is the difference between a Certified Sharpener and an Authorized Sharpener?

An Authorized Sharpener is an experienced sharpener that we trust to sharpen for Mizutani Scissors North America, but has not been trained or certified at our factory in Japan.

How long do I have to wait for a customized scissor?

3 months. Our shears are made from scratch, by hand. This timeframe expands to 4 months in or around Japanese New Years as New Years is a long national holiday in Japan.

6 Things to Look for When Purchasing Hair Designing Shears

Is it stamped “Made in Japan”

Where were your scissors made? There are many companies out there with Japanese sounding names. So they sound the part, but are they stamped “Made in Japan” ?

Outsourcing of labor or parts

From start to finish, Mizutani Scissors are built in one factory. Many companies will outsource the most important steps of the building process at a low cost factory outside of Japan. Do yourself a favor and look for the factory information.

Hardness Scale

Heat treating a fine metal to the optimal hardness is critical to its performance and edge longevity. Mizutani Scissors heat treats its steel to an optimal range of HRC 59-62, which is the standard of top quality shears.

Serial Number

Our scissors are made hand by hand, step by step. One of the final steps in creating our masterpieces is the engraving of a serial number that is specific to your shear. This number is what helps track your scissor whenever it goes in to be serviced. This helps ensure that you get the same pair back.

Sharpening

A quality pair of shears should be accompanied with quality sharpening. Mizutani sharpeners are either certified or authorized. Certified sharpeners undergo a stringent training program in the headquarters in Tokyo. Having your shears sharpened by a certified sharpener assures that your tool will be performing at its best for its lifetime. Factory Scissor Maintenance (a comprehensive service separate from everyday sharpening) in Japan is exclusive to Mizutani scissors. Our domestic sharpeners welcome shears of all brands for service.

Maintenance

Maintenance. We hope this never happens to you. But what if you drop your scissors and you need more than sharpening? Not to worry. With Mizutani, the factory that made your scissor by hand can do just about anything to help you maintain your tool (at a fraction of the original cost). This includes reworking bent metal.