Only the finest Hitachi- or Takefu steel is used. A special alloy and a high proportion of carbon give these scissors extraordinary hardness, which is a feature of the exceptional durability, sharpness and cutting edge retention of the Akashi range. Our PC-F, SC-U and SC-E lines are titanium-coated, while the handles from the SC-W line are surface coated. They are ideally suited to users who are allergic to nickel.
This level of hardness is achieved using a vacuum tempering furnace. To ensure optimum hardness, the steel first has to be heated to a temperature of approx. 1150° C and then cooled quickly, before being reheated to a temperature of approx. 220° C to release the tension created in the material. Finally, the steel is ice-quenched using a special process in the presence of nitrogen at -180° C, as this significantly extends the cutting edge retention.
Our professionally manufactured convex Akashi Hamaguri blades make the scissors extremely easy to use and ensure precision cutting. A highly distinctive hollow grinding process is applied on the inner sides of the scissor blades, which are then honed manually three times on Japanese water grindstones until a high polish is achieved. Their optimum cutting angle, convex edge and correct tension setting make Akashi scissors extremely sharp and ideally suited for all haircutting techniques, such as slicing, point cutting and dry haircuts.
Sword blade convex
Akashi scissors allow exceptionally fluid movements thanks to the selective settings of the five different screw systems. These systems are virtually free of play due to precision manufacturing and use of ball bearings. By choosing between the different screw systems, you can give your scissors a unique appearance.
The ergonomic design of scissors is extremely important in order to relieve stress during use. Akashi scissors are available with three different types of handle: straight, semi-offset and offset. Straight handles have been the most well-known type. Offset handles have been specially developed to relieve stresses on wrist, elbow and shoulder joints as well as on the muscles, as their design has been adapted to suit the ergonomics of the hand and arm. This type of handle has been proven to significantly reduce carpel tunnel syndrome (tendovaginitis), the number one occupational complaint.
Semi-offset handles have been developed as a successful compromise between the two other types and is favoured by users looking to switch from straight to offset handles.
The ergonomics and shape of the finger rings make these scissors easy to use. Pressure marks on the thumbs are now a thing of the past. The 360º rotating finger ring on scissors is an ingenious invention. It ensures total stress relief on the wrist. Thanks to this technology, the wrist does not rotate. The scissors rotate around the thumb keeping the joints free of stress. Akashi SC-D scissors have been specially developed for hairdressers with carpel tunnel syndrome (tendovaginitis), as well as for users who prefer quick changes between cutting techniques. Most hairdressers who use these technologies and master this will always use such scissors again.
360 ° Swivel
Bent finger ring
Tapered finger ring
Incorrectly setting the scissors can seriously impair the blades. If the scissors are too loose, the hair can get caught between the blades or the hair could slide off them. If they are too tight, it increases wear on the blade material. Both incorrect settings reduce the working life of the scissors and undermine their cutting properties.
with this mind:
3. Carry out a test cut.
Depending on use, hairdressing scissors should be cleaned and oiled several times a week. For this, we recommend the Japanese camellia oil from Akashi. The pivot point in particular (see image) should be oiled as this is where the most friction occurs.