From our Customers

  • Nobu Eto

    Nobu Eto / Creative Director, Safari Co., Ltd.

    Nobu started his career as a hairstylist in Japan in 1998.
    Over the next 6 years, he built a reputation as a hairdresser who maintained the highest standards in his work. After graduating from the world renowned Vidal Sassoon Academy, Nobu started working along-side the Vidal Sassoon creative director for special events and shows. Now, Nobu's hairdressing, combines the editorial world and precision cutting to create the latest salon looks

    website

    http://www.nobueto.com/

  • Favorite Models & Usage History

    Co5.0 L/S (special order)
    Used for 10 years

    No matter where you work, if you consider yourself a professional stylist, you should be particular about your tools.

    Since my work involves many detailed and precise cuts, I want scissors that can move like they are an extension of my own hand. I have tried scissors from many different makers, and Kikui Scissors are the best I've seen. The actual cut and quality of the scissors are perfect, but I've also received exemplary service for repairs. Their craftspeople are professionals, through and through.
    No matter where you work, if you consider yourself a professional stylist, you should be particular about your tools. Personally, I take great care in maintaining my scissors on a daily basis to keep them in top condition. When they reach a point where I can no longer maintain them to a satisfactory level, I immediately send them to Kikui Scissors for repair. And each time, they are returned just as sharp as I had hoped for.
    I learned cutting basics in London, and now work hard on a style that fuses the techniques found in London and Tokyo. To create styles suited to Japanese hair, I need one pair of scissors that can handle the blunt, base-forming cuts on wet hair, as well as the dry hair cuts that create the finished feel. Kikui Scissors' Cobalt series make excellent work of cuts on wet and dry hair, and all hair types. They are an indispensable part of my work, and I care for them as if they were an extension of my own body.
    Going forward, too, I am happy to continue using my Kikui Scissors for both salon and creative work.

  • Shingo Tokai

    Shingo Tokai / President, MAKE UP HAIR Direction

    1997 Opened MAKE UP HAIR Direction
    Based in Kansai, Shingo works as the hair and make-up chief for multiple brand fashion shows each season, for brands including Christian Dior, HERMES, and CHANEL.

    website

    http://www.direction-hm.com/

  • Favorite Models & Usage History

    Co7.0-K
    Co5.3 L/S
    5.7-inch thinning scissors (special order)
    Used for 15 years

    Kikui Scissors are a lifesaver in tricky situations.

    In work, your choice of tools is an important one.
    The special-order thinning scissors I use, for example, cut just the right amount of hair, make it difficult to find where the cuts were made, and are crucial for delicate finishing touches. At fashion shows, cutting models' bangs with the Co5.3 is easy and creates clean, precise lines. Having a tool that is as easy to use as my own hand is a lifesaver in tricky situations.
    Of course, caring for your tools is also crucial. It can also be helpful in having an understanding of the condition they're in. With this understanding, you'll always have an indispensable partner when you need one the most.

  • Takeshi Shirasugi

    Takeshi Shirasugi / President, ZOE Co., Ltd.

    Takeshi moved to England after graduating from beauty school in 1975. At the time, he worked as a stylist at a famous London salon that had been named one of the Best of Britain. In addition to salon work, he was involved in magazines and fashion shows, and was even named Chief of Hair at the "Drape Magician" Gunyuki Torimaru fashion show. He opened the first ZOE salon in 1980 after returning to Japan, and quickly gained popularity for the cutting style he learned in England. Today he is not only the owner of three ZOE salons, but also works to train the next generation of stylists as a beauty school instructor. Takeshi has also utilized this styling experience in his sketches, created using cosmetics, winning awards in numerous contests.

    website

    http://www.zoe1980.jp/

  • Favorite Models & Usage History

    Co70 O/S
    Co60 F
    TEX630
    Used for 30 years

    The reason I continue to choose Kikui Scissors for over 30 years

    A haircut is the delicate process by which the foundation for a hairstyle is created; and it's why it's so important to have scissors that work like your own fingers do, as if they are part of your own hand. Compared to the rest of the world, I feel the cycles of hairstyle trends in Japan change quite quickly, and styles are adopted more quickly, too. With this in mind, the staff at my salons requires various qualities of their scissors.
    The fact that Kikui creates each pair in accordance with a stylist's individual needs is one of the reasons that I recommend them to my staff. These scissors have the sharpening methods, edge, durability, and sophistication that Japan has been known for since it began creating bladed objects. And Kikui excels in every category.
    Having visited their factory multiple times, my main takeaway is always the passion that I feel for Kikui's scissors, and the love that its artisans feel toward their hand-crafted products. With this understanding of their core philosophy, I have proudly used Kikui Scissors products for over 30 years.

  • Takefumi Mimori

    Takefumi Mimori / President, LAUTUS

    After graduating from university, Takefumi went on to work in famous salons and studios in Kobe, Kyoto, and Tokyo. During that time, he also traveled to Paris to study and hone his craft. After returning to Japan, he went back to work primarily in salons, becoming a top stylist at a major salon. In 2015, he opened his own shop in central Osaka. He recommends natural, sophisticated styles, and is well loved by a wide range of loyal customers.

    website

    http://www.lautus.org/

  • Favorite Models & Usage History

    Co55 L/S
    Used for 15 years

    A level of depth and delicacy reminiscent of the spirit that goes into Japanese swords

    15 years after picking up my first set of Kikui Scissors, they're now like a business partner that I couldn't imagine working without. Although the design has eliminated unnecessary elements to the point where the scissors can appear too simple or even rustic, there is an attention to detail in all aspects, from the angle of the edge to the quality of the metal. The more you use these scissors, the more they become a part of you.
    They're also surprisingly gentle on hair. They give the impression that they have a love and gratitude for the hair, in a way that really reminds me of the spirit that goes into traditional swordmaking. I think that everyone should experience these scissors with their own hands so that they understand the depth of delicacy that goes into them.

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