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Mini samurai sword scissors

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By Casey Baseel, SoraNews24

Back in Japan’s feudal period, a samurai never left home without his sword. It was a violent era, and there was no telling when he might be forced to defend his life or honor with cold steel.

Nowadays, though, when out and about you’re unlikely to encounter brigands, invaders from a rival samurai clan, or the man who slaughtered your village and set you on the path to revenge you’ve been walking ever since. You might, however, spot a stray string on your clothes, or be faced with a pesky snack package you can’t overcome with your bare hands, and at those times you can channel the spirit of the samurai with this set of mini scissors modeled on actual historic katana.

The compact cutters are the latest creations from Nikken Cutlery, which is based in the town of Seki, Gifu Prefecture, where swordsmithing was once the largest local industry.

Nikken is offering three models, the first of which is based on the Heshikiri Hasebe, sword of 16th century warlord Oda Nobunaga.

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To the untrained eye, the metal might appear smudged, but that’s actually a deliberate styling choice, replicating the hamon (tempering marks) left behind by traditional Japanese swordsmithing techniques, which is one of the first things scholars and history buffs look for when admiring a katana.

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Second in the lineup is the Izumi no Kami Kanesada, which was wielded by Hijikata Toshizo, vice-commander of the oft-romanticized 19th century Shinsengumi vigilante group.

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And finally, the third model also comes from the Shinsengumi, in the form of the Yamato no Kamiyasusada, sword of Shinsengumi member Okita Soji.

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Nikken Cutlery is offering the samurai scissors through Japanese crowdfunding site Makuake here, with scissor/pouch tiers starting at 2,310 yen.

Source: @Press via Japaaan

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Kawaii and fun.

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Don't let your Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fan kid near these things, they're not toys!

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I wonder if they are as sharp as a Katana?

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Just don’t try doing your toenails with them...

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