URUSHI SCISSORS

URUSHI SCISSORS


New Project “URUSHI” Scissors

What is URUSHI?

URUSHI is a Japanese word meaning lacquer. It is a natural resin paint made by sap collected from lacquer trees, and has high adhesiveness, water resistance, rust resistance, and beautiful appearance. Because of these advantages, URUSHI is used for tableware, high-end furniture, walls, floors, musical instruments, etc. Typical examples are Japanese traditional crafts such as Wajima-nuri, Tsugaru-nuri, and Joboji-nuri. In recent years, it has been applied to various fields such as car exteriors and smartphone cases. In addition, lacquer has a high antibacterial action, and its effect has been scientifically proven

MADE IN IWATE

Iwate prefecture in Japan is a production area of both Joewell scissors and URUSHI. Iwate produces more than 70% of URUSHI, and has highest production share in Japan. Joboji is a place that produces all of URUSHI in Iwate, and it has long been known as a production area. Joboji URUSHI has used for restoration of national treasures such as “The Chuson-ji Temple Konjiki-do”, “Kinkaku-ji Temple”, etc.

URUSHI × SCISSORS

In recent years, 98% of URUSHI used in Japan is produced in China, and Japanese URUSHI is used only 2% in the market. Tradition of Japanese URUSHI has a long history more than 9,000 years but now it is a candle flickering in the wind. With desire to revive Japanese URUSHI industry and find new possibility of URUSHI, we have started this project by collaborating with a brand “Hokoan” of Joboji Urushi Workshop Company. Through URUSHI and scissors, we will promote Japanese craftsmanship from Iwate to all over the world.

Tokosha (Joewell Scissors) donates a portion of the proceeds to “Urushi Next Non-profit Organization”.

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Craftsman of URUSHI scissors

Akira Okawa

Born in Morioka, Iwate, Japan. Learned Urushi techniques in Ashiro Urushi Research Center (Iwate, Japan), and Wajima City (Ishikawa, Japan). Working in Hanamaki, Iwate currently. Received “Iwate Art Festival, Craft Award” and “Iwate Art Craft Exhibition, Association Award”.

URUSHI Scissors were featured on Japanese TV program “GOOD LUCK STORY” on July 5, 2020.

PRODUCTS

JOEWELL

Supreme SPM “URUSHI - KARANURI”

  • One of Tsugaru-nuri* techniques, “Karauri” is applied to the scissors. Elaborate and gorgeous design.
    *traditional URUSHI ware made in Tsugaru area in Japan.
  • Whole surface of scissors including front/back blades, finger rings, and finger rest is coated by URUSHI.
Powder Metal Alloy
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Size…5.7”, 6.0”, 6.3”

Sword Blade / Powder Metal Alloy / Dry Bearing Screw System / Made in Japan

JOEWELL

Supreme SPM “URUSHI - MOKUME”

  • Grain of wood is designed by URUSHI on the scissors. Bright vermilion color and warm grain design.
  • Whole surface of scissors including front/back blades, finger rings, and finger rest is coated by URUSHI.
Powder Metal Alloy
  • PRODUCT SPECIFICATION
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Size…5.7”, 6.0”, 6.3”

Sword Blade / Powder Metal Alloy / Dry Bearing Screw System / Made in Japan

JOEWELL

Supreme SPM “URUSHI - RYUSEI”

  • Black URUSHI is applied to the scissors. A star is drawn on the screw cover, and a star pattern is drawn on the back blade surface. In addition, finger rest is colored by bright vermilion color. Simple appearance and unique design.
  • Whole surface of scissors including front/back blades, finger rings, and finger rest is coated by URUSHI.
Powder Metal Alloy
  • PRODUCT SPECIFICATION
  • PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Size…5.7”, 6.0”, 6.3”

Sword Blade / Powder Metal Alloy / Dry Bearing Screw System / Made in Japan

JOEWELL

Supreme SPM “URUSHI - Original Character RYO”

*This image is a sample and different from an actual product.

Powder Metal Alloy
  • PRODUCT SPECIFICATION
  • PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Size…5.7”, 6.0”, 6.3”

Sword Blade / Powder Metal Alloy / Dry Bearing Screw System / Made in Japan

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FAQ

A. URUSHI has high adhesiveness and durability as it is used for tableware and furniture but it may come off when it is hit strongly or scratched repeatedly as regular color coating used for Joewell scissors. Please keep it in a safe place since it comes off when left in an extremely dry state for a long time and it is deteriorated by ultraviolet rays.

A. It can get sharpened as regular scissors. However, URUSHI on blades will be reduced with blades when get sharpened.

A. In the case of raw URUSHI, the component “urushiol” may cause you a rash. However, URUSHI is in a sufficiently dry state in URUSHI scissors, so it do not cause a rash.

A. URUSHI itself is antibacterial but since it has strong acid and alkali resistance, you can use disinfectants such as ethanol.
Please refrain from using a UV disinfector or storing it in the sun as URUSHI will be deteriorated by UV rays.