The Benefits of Japanese Steel

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There isn’t anything on the planet that matches Japanese steel when it comes to high-quality steel. Over the past couple of centuries, the Japanese have perfected the art of forging steel from iron ore. Of course, they were initially the masters of making swords and blades like katanas for their samurai. Today, however, Japanese steel is used in making top-of-the-line chef knives and, yes, high-quality barber scissors and hair shears.

In this article, we’re going to take a brief look at the history of Japanese steel and how it’s made. Then we’ll explore the benefits of using it for barber scissors and why it all matters for them.

A Brief History of Japanese Steel and How it’s Made

Before the arrival of steel around the 9th century BC or so– which experts believe was imported from China– the Japanese used regular iron to make their blades. However, once the Japanese had their hands on Chinese swords, they quickly reversed engineered the technology and made it their own.

The Chinese blades were high in carbon, which made them extremely resilient and durable but also made them malleable enough to be easily sharpened and forged. However, the swords weren’t as flexible as traditional Japanese weapons, which meant they would easily break if they weren’t in the hands of a master. They sought to make something equally as strong and dependable but still flexible enough to withstand the rigours of battle.

As mentioned, after centuries of experimenting and perfecting their steel-making craft, Japanese steel is hailed as some of the best in the world. Now, today, it’s used to make everything from chef’s knives to high-quality barber and hairdressing scissors. Japanese steel is markedly better than steel produced by other areas of the world.

In the next section, we’ll now delve into why it’s so important for barbers if they want to take their craft to the next level because while you can have all the skill in the world, you will always need the right tools for the job.

What are the Benefits of Japanese Steel for Barber Scissors?

Now that you understand the history a bit better and how it shaped the performance and endurance of Japanese still, let's dive deeper into the advantages this affords barbers when they decide to purchase a good pair of scissors made of Japanese steel.

When speaking on quality, you’ll often hear the comparison that German steel is better for barber scissors when set side-by-side to Japanese scissors and vice versa. While German steel is definitely high-quality and deserves its spot in the conversation, it falls short in a few key areas. Namely, German steel is more rugged, meaning it’s not fit for the level of style and finesse needed to meet today’s standards for stylists.

Let’s take a closer look at these benefits Japanese steel gives to barber’s when they use it for their scissors and shears:

Built-in Corrosion, Rust, and Damage-Resistance

Barber Scissors are different from any other product on the market such as your car. Over time, continuous use will lead to damage, corrosion such as rust and other issues, and the usual wear and tear. It’s all because of the quality of the alloy they use which removes all the impurities such as silicon and phosphorus, which make the steel more brittle and susceptible to corrosion.

The hardened steel used by the Japanese makes the blades of the barber scissors particularly durable, sharp, and exceptionally precise compared to their German counterparts. Normally, there are a lot of different chemicals the barber’s scissors come in contact with. And over time, those different chemicals make the blades more susceptible to the aforementioned corrosion which means you lose the precision and quality you had when you first brought the scissors.

However, with Japanese steel and proper maintenance, you’ll need to worry less about the effects of those chemical reactions because of the way the steel is forged. Simply put, the Japanese barber scissors are less reactive and last longer so you will spend less money over time if you look after them in the correct way.

Unmatched Precision

Before, patrons were fine with simply having the hair from their head and face removed. But today, we expect a level of artistry where the lines are near perfect and the length of our hair is even all across. With other scissors and shears, it often leaves the lines rugged and hair length uneven– in essence, we expect perfection.

And if you want to deliver for your clients, there’s no better choice than a pair of high-quality barber scissors such as theAce of Spades scissors from Hunt & Hustle. These use cobalt steel, which offers a level of precision unseen by other barber scissors and allows you to expertly shape hair and beards smoothly without needing oil or other lubricants with their built in Teflon rider.

Lightweight Steel Means Less Pain and More Control

Another property of Japanese Steel is that it’s lightweight. This gives two benefits. First, you’re less likely to experience injuries due to repetitive use that can cause wrist and hand strains over time. Second, they offer perfect balance and weight so you can work your magic. Take theMoney Maker scissors for instance. These beautiful scissors are not only stylish, but made from 440c Aichi stainless steel which means it can deal with the day-to-day use of any barber or stylist. 

Choosing the Right Supplier Makes All The Difference

Sure, anyone can say their scissors are made from Japanese steel but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be the right choice for you and your salon. You need to keep a few things in mind when on the hunt for the right pair of quality barber scissors. First, you need to ensure the steel is actually manufactured in Japan and not some knock off. And even then, not all Japanese steel is created equal, so you need to check to see if they use high-quality materials.

Another important factor to consider is the design of the scissors. Let’s take our pair of scissors we callThe Stag. These were crafted with the beginner stylist in mind but are also perfect for experienced barbers as well. They feature hollow ground blades which give smooth cutting motions with the benefits of a very sharp edge, so every cut is deliberate and precise. All without you needing to break open the piggy bank to afford them. Plus, they are built to last so you can trust that you’ll definitely make a return on your investment.

Hunt & Hustle: High-Quality Barber Scissors at your Fingertips!

The best suppliers believe in their product– that’s why we offer a 14-day guarantee on all our scissors at Hunt & Hustle. If they don’t wow you, if there’s an issue, or if they simply don’t fit the bill the way you expect, then you can return or exchange them within the guarantee period.

And anyone who purchases from us is automatically enrolled in ourNo Hustle Drop Policy Club. That means if you drop or damage your scissors within a 24-month timeframe– that’s right, 24 months!– all you need to do is send them back to us in the post, and we’ll send you a fresh pair ASAP so you can get back to your hustle. To add to it, you’ll also receive exclusive discounts on future purchases with us and gain access to our Side Hustle Club where you can earn extra cash through referrals.

Hunt & Hustle have worked with the barber community worldwide by providing them high-quality barber scissors made from the finest Japanese steel. For many years, our goal has been to assist new and experienced barbers take their hustle to the next level. We know you take your hustle seriously, and that’s why we’ve put in the time to research and find the best steel in the world to make our blades.

Want to learn more about our products or policies? Thenreach out today and one of our expert team members will be happy to help.