What You Need To Know About Scissors©
Making Scissors - Historical Origins
Guest Lecturer: Dongho Jun and Sunjoo Park
In 1996 Dongho Jun and Sunjoo Park originally started a scissors business in Korea, then in 2008 they relocated to the United States and created, JP Plan, LLC., in Gainesville, Florida.
Don (Dongho) studied in Japan developing an extensive knowledge about scissors at various well known Japanese Manufacturers. Today Don is recognized as a Master in all aspects of hand craftsmanship and the manufacturing of quality scissors. For decades, they have been devoted to creating the highest quality beauty shears for professional hairstylists from all over the world. JP Plan is also know for their advance research in the technology and science of the materials used in scissors manufacturing from around the globe.
Dongho Jun and Sunjoo Park ,a premier team in the scissors industry are presenting some insight to the Making of Scissors as a guest lecturer at Scissors University.
Country of Origins Has Historical Significance
1) Japanese & Korean Shears
A quick and easy way to check the authenticity of Japanese shears is to check the country of origin. It is the federal law that all items imported to the US must be legibly and permanently marked with their country of origin, preceded by the word “Made in”. Please note: “Japanese steel”, “Japanese 440C”, or any other label that may mention the words Japan or Japanese does not mean that it is “Made in Japan”.
Korean steel companies do not manufacture the proper shape of 440C for making scissors. Therefore, many Korean, and Japanese factories mostly use steel from Hitachi, and Aichi company. Koreans use a lot of imported steel from China, but not stainless steel, since the quality is remarkably low
2.) Pakistani Shears
In order to correctly understand the Pakistani shears, it is necessary to check the history of shear production in Pakistan.
During the Vietnam War, the US military requested Pakistan to provide the surgical tools for them. After the war, Pakistan factories eventually expanded their business to the beauty industry. To make surgical shears, a metal similar to 420 steel is commonly used because of the softness of the steel. It allows them to make various forms of the tools easily.
Based on trustworthy sources, it is known that Pakistani manufacturing processes used on surgical shears is similar in the making beauty shears. However, shears made to cut skin or bandages are different than the one's meant for cutting hair. This is the reason why the Pakistani shears are difficult to sharpen and perform poorly when compared to Japanese or Korean shears.
3) Chinese Shears
Unlike Pakistan, Chinese factories from the beginning learned how to make beauty shears from Japan and Korea. This is why the Chinese and Pakistani shears have different qualities. Currently, Chinese factories are focusing more on handle designs than the quality of the shears. Many experts say that the shear industry in China, and the Chinese technology is still decades behind those manufactured in Korea.