Japanese hairdressing scissors are made of good materials

Scissors are one of the most important tools for a hairdresser.

The shape and size of the scissors change the way they cut and the characteristics of the scissors, but did you know that the “material” of the scissors also makes a big difference?

In fact, the material of the scissors also makes a big difference in how sharp they are and how long they last.

Because we work with customer’s hair, we want to provide you with the best service possible by paying attention to the material of our scissors.

Here we introduce you to the most common types of materials.

Let’s take a look at the different types of scissors and see what kind of material is best for you.

Types of materials used in hairdressing scissors

There are six main materials used in cutting scissors.

There are six main types of materials used for cutting scissors, ranging from commonly heard materials such as “stainless steel” to unfamiliar materials such as “HSS”.

Let’s take a look at the characteristics of the main materials.

If you know the characteristics of each material, it will be easier to find the scissors you like.

Stainless steel

Stainless steel is used for a lot of products other than scissors. Many people have heard of stainless steel, but don’t know what it’s made of.

To put it simply, stainless steel is a “rust-resistant” alloy. Stainless steel is made by mixing iron, a material that rusts easily, with chromium and nickel, materials that prevent rust from occurring.

For hairdressers, who often cut wet hair, rust-resistant scissors are essential.

Cobalt-based stainless steel

As the name suggests, this is stainless steel mixed with a material called cobalt. Stainless steel containing cobalt, which is a very hard material, is said to be less prone to spills than ordinary stainless steel.

The amount of cobalt in the material can make a big difference to its hardness, so it is important to check how much cobalt is in the material.


An alloy containing mainly cobalt, about 30 % chromium, and 4 to 15 % tungsten (a very hard material), which is hard and wear-resistant.

This alloy is hard and wear-resistant. It is sometimes called “Visite”.

HSS steel

Characterized by its low impurity content and high durability. This material is often referred to as “powdered fine steel” because it is made by a difficult process of quickly baking powdered steel to harden it.


Damascus is extremely hard and difficult to work. Damascus has a beautiful wavy pattern, like layers of metal, and is considered to be the most durable material available.

How does the finish change depending on the material?

Here is a brief introduction of how it feels to cut and how long it lasts, so you can choose the right scissors for you.

Stainless steel and cobalt-based stainless steel

Stainless steel is resistant to rust, but there are many different types of stainless steel, including knife-grade stainless steel, which can be sharpened to make it sharper.

When compared to scissors made of materials such as Stellite or HSS steel, it seems that they are not as durable.


Stellite is characterized by a soft cutting edge. Sharp and snappy, yet soft to the touch, it is recommended for those who want a gentle cut.

It is also very durable and will last for a long time.

HSS steel

HSS steel is characterized by a sharpness that can be cut in one shot.

It is also very durable and can be used for a long time.


Damascus, which is said to be the most durable, has a sharp and weighty cutting edge.

It is an excellent scissor that can easily cut all types of hair, including thick and bristly hair.


Ren scissors are easy to use and standby for all hairdressers.

If you want to use Japanese scissors, you should definitely try Ren scissors.

If you are thinking of buying scissors, please send us a message online and we will be happy to help you.

Shipping is available for hairdressers living in the UK and EU.

If you would like us to sharpen your scissors, we can come to your salon if you are in London.


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