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Kanemoto Inox Stainless Steel Kitchen Shears

Kanemoto Inox Stainless Steel Kitchen Shears

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Inox stainless steel? A huge giant. A Lilliputian dwarf? A stupid imbecile? Inox is a French term for stainless steel. Are these scissors made from such crappy SS that revealing the identity would destroy all hope of selling any?
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Has Koji quit the squared circle and gone into scissor making? Just in case you want to see him in action- https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2w8gp That might be a good time waster for you while I am searching for information about a real scissor manufacturer named Kanemoto.
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I got these on a previous drop for almost $10 less.
I do like them a lot. The hinge screw is quite loose but I adjust it by hand whenever I reassemble after cleaning and all is well
Just FYI, I was disappointed to find that mine came with VERY dull edges. I had to sharpen them myself.
You can find these styles of scissors at antique stores or eBay for a few dollars. They may just need some cleaning and sharpening. I use an old pair of Griffon ones and repainted the handles. They work great. Just another option For those that didn’t want to spend that much.
Mig_66
Wish that were true for me, I've had no luck finding decent ones locally at decent prices (and believe me when I say I don't mind fixing up old stuff like this, i'd actually prefer that. In fact, I just sat down after putting in 5 more hours on restoring a 100+ year old drill press for fun today......so, when I say not decent I mean like broken tips, huge chips, pivots that can't be tightened short of drilling out the old hardware, cracks at the handles.... Really un-salvageable stuff, or it's the same price as new if in decent shape 🙄)
And I can't get past being leary about issues that don't show in pics on ebay for some reason
Mig_66
That's true, but they're going to be from china. So they won't keep their edges as long and will rust easier. It just depends on whether you want the cheapest thing to get the job done or if you want to get the job done with some quality.
What's the best tool to sharpen this with?
NomisR
The best? A low speed water wheel with a proper angle guide is my choice for scissors
But short of that? I'd recommend a fine diamond plate (will stay flatter than any stones), a steady hand, and touching up with just a few light strokes often. Easier to maintain an edge than set a new one (cheaper too, as you won't need multiple grits that way)
Keep the bevel angle exactly as is from the factory. Sharpen the bevel only, never touch the flat inside faces of the blade. Gentle and even strokes for equal grinding along the entire length of the blade. Before use, remove the burr: Depending on the construction of the scissors, if you can get them closed without the blades touching (by applying pressure with your opposite hand to keep the blades apart until they're closed), do that then open them, repeat 2 or 3 times. If they're too tight to allow that, then remove burr by dragging each blade through a cork, or into the end grain of a soft wood, to remove the burr before re-assembly
NomisR
tbh there is probably a knife sharpener in your area. You should just use them unless you feel like picking up a skill.
I shave with a straight razor and sharpen my own blade, so here's what you would need: a set of sharpening stones (shapton a good brand), a stone holder so they don't slide all over the place while you're using them, and a dia-flat lapping plate (plate steel with industrial diamonds on it). You use the stones on the blade (scissors, knife, straight razor, whatever), then you use the lapping plate to keep the stones in good shape.
The last thing you need is some instrucitonal videos
Personally, I have liked the Richmond Kitchen Shears sold by Chef's Knives to Go for $24.95. For domestic orders, a $60 purchase gets you free shipping. You can easily find other things to purchase on that site to get you up to $60 (or buy three pairs of shears).
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That's unfortunate. I've bought a lot of knives, shears and sharpening gear off that site and never had a problem with either the merchandise or the service.
pohaku53
Yeah...it was unfortunate. I'd had other dealings there that all went fine, but it definitely got weird when questioning quality control on a product with the man's name on it
These are on amazon for $22.00, woth next day delivery.
ErickJames
Actually, the $22 ones on Amazon are different. The blades, which might be stamped metal, are riveted to the handles.
For those considering a purchase, I used my pair for light tasks, cutting open bags and such.  When I went to cut the ends off a small bunch of flowers on Easter, they broke.
A pair of scissors actually broke...right where the handle meets the blade...cutting dainty flower stems.  Close inspection reveals to me what appears to be a major design flaw, and questionable quality steel.
Well, back to my old, beat up, unsightly, decades old pair of Wiss' that would probably cut through a toaster.
*edited the holiday...derp*
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That.... Is ridiculous 😳
Thanks for the heads up. This must be the weld point between the handles and the blades that was being discussed by @toxic and @TheIzzardKing 7 weeks back...
Well I don't know how to get ahead of that one lol. That is rough stuff. Thanks for posting!
The best I ever had!
Well made and sharp but too short. My wife tried it once and retired it.
Bought these on an earlier drop and have been meaning to do a review. . .
This product is a perfect example off a design tradeoff -- it's trading off cutting length for the bottle-opening hole. In other words, the length of your cuts while in shearing mode is compromised by the infrequently use bottle-opening hole.
That said, they cut pretty well and are easy to clean.
Steverino
On that same trade-off aspect the bottle opener extends the fulcrum point of the scissors. -> Less effort required than if the pivot point was closer to the finger grips.
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Yes, good observation! Tradeoff analyses are fun :-) especially when it comes to the design of tools. Thanks for the reply.
I purchased two pairs last time, 1 for my mother and 1 for the GF, the both love them.
These scissors have been one of the best drops I've jumped on. Very sturdy. Feels like they will last a while.
I’ve been using these for a year and really like them. I don’t use them for heavy tasks often, but they are still very sharp. Last night, I used them to spatchcock a chicken for the grill and they breezed through all the layers, leaving a straight cut through skin, muscle, and bone straight up both sides of the spine. Before and after cooking;
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JonasHeineman
Oh--that is no way to treat a chicken! Tell me you at least anesthetized her first?!
Can i run with these?
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OneLove
Tuck them in your waistband first.
Wise words... I better purchase the second pair. Thanks for the rec!
What type of stainless steel are these made from? Does anyone know? I googled, but couldn't find the brand. Please don't reply "inox."
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That is alarming. I'm not an expert, but I'm not sure delamination is the cause. I would expect the surface of the fracture to be more black if that were the case. It could also be that it is work hardened during the forming process and got too cold while forming or something, and eventually become brittle. It's a big stress riser in the design.
keantoken
I'm leaning toward delamination, or other de-something (whatever something they used to fuse pieces together). Because if it was a single piece of steel, it wold break in a completely different manner - after reaching failure point it breaks completely with a high pitch click and the piece that broke apart flies away.
Are these dishwasher safe?
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Dishwasher thermal cycling has been found to decrease hardness, just at a very slow rate. Knives that are very hard are not affected as much as knives that are only hardened a bit. Hard knives can withstand thousands of cycles before losing a few points RWC.
But since these shears are stainless steel and not hardened, there is no temper to lose. Being stainless steel, they will resist edge corrosion better than high carbon steels which corrode faster.
jmhuebne
No, there is a known problem with Stainless Steel--shrinks like a cheap cotton shirt from Old Navy. Hand-wash in Woolite only.
I have these shears... this is among the best items I’ve purchased on Massdrop. This kitchen shear cuts with a vengeance... no holding them back on almost anything you need to address in the kitchen. Don’t abuse them and they will easily become part of your kids’ inheritance. This is a strong buy recommendation.
$22 at AMAZON and it'll be delivered in 2 days https://is.gd/MqoO4N
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The cheaper one from Amazon is not forged steel read the q&a.. Not the same at all. Forged steel is much stronger And higher quality just as with knives.
Chrizzly
Yes, I am aware of the differences. Thanks.
$22 at Amazon and it'll be at your door in 2 days. https://is.gd/MqoO4N
Mine arrived. It's clear the mechanism is carefully designed to be functional while constructed from cheap off the shelf parts. Which is not necessarily a mark against it, it reduces costs and allows for greater quality at a low cost point. It has dried on polishing compound left in the nooks and crannies, which is a pain to wash out.
What surprised me is that the pin is spring loaded, so it forces the blades together. Normally shears are bent so that the blades push themselves together, but this causes them to wear out quickly. In this case an ordinary lock washer is used as a spring in the pin. As a result, when taking it apart you hear a distinct metallic click as the spring releases and the blades come apart. This lock washer has an ordinary oxide coating on it and I assume it will be the first thing to rust, and anything it touches will probably start to rust as well. If you could get the pin off you could replace it with another lock washer from the hardware store.
It's not necessary for them to use a lock washer here, I'm sure the company could find a stainless wave spring that fit perfectly fine, but maybe they were a bit overzealous in counting pennies - or just not very good at design: https://www.ebay.com/sch/items/?_nkw=wave+washer&_sacat=&_ex_kw=&_mPrRngCbx=1&_udlo=&_udhi=&_sop=12&_fpos=&_fspt=1&_sadis=&LH_CAds=&rmvSB=true
The pin does not hold the shears precisely. The tips of the shears are not perfectly even (mine are about 1mm off), so you can't cut certain things right at the tips of the shears, if that is something you ever need to do. In theory, if the hole were drilled to fit the pin better with a drilling jig to get the tips in the right places, this needn't be an issue.
All in all, I say the main thing that justifies the price of these (to some people) is the fact that they are solid metal. You are paying for metal, and partly for design but not for a really good design. If you hoped these would go in the dishwasher, I am skeptical that the temper of the blades and spring washer will endure that very well, let alone without rusting. The design is thought-out, but not very well and not the best in execution either. Ultimately, shears that weren't thick solid stainless steel could be cheaper, have a better mechanism, and last longer. As it is though, it will probably last longer than most grocery store shears or shears with pot metal handles.
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keantoken
For $35 I'd expect some decent frickin quality. I've had these for 10 years with zero problems:
https://www.amazon.com/Wusthof-5558-1-Come-Apart-Kitchen-Shears/dp/B0000631ZM
Donborvio
What you have may not be what is currently being sold:
https://smile.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R3DHYTEO2J0TEX/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B0000631ZM
I'll bet there are a lot of excellent shears out there that look completely ordinary. It's hard to tell with all the shill reviews these days.
Mine are showing spots of RUST! Totally unacceptable. Haven’t had them long, they fit my big ga hands just Fine, they are beautiful any work well. But RUST?
misterman14
All stainless steels will rust, if only just a little. Suggest cleaning them after each major use, and keeping them in a dry storage environment. In otherwords, don’t put them away while wet or in a wet block. A good non-abrasive metal polish used once in a while will certainly help to preserve the luster these shears have. And then just use the hell out of them!! :)
misterman14
They're stainLESS steel, not stainPROOF steel...
Can massdrop post a picture with an American male hand holding the product to show scale. I have heard that the handles fit the Japanese market but may be small for people in the states. Any feedback on this?
imagrisso
These are pretty big handles.
Obviously not exactly the same, but there are some quite similar looking shears on Amazon for $22 shipped. The only notable difference I can see is that the blades on this one are bolt-on, where the Kanemoto are a single forged piece. https://www.amazon.com/Kitchen-Scissors-Japan-Stainless-Detachable/dp/B001TUTI94
Joewee
Those pot metal handles can be a pain. They only have a cutout to hold the blades in placer and the blades tend to wiggle around and get loose over time simply because the cutouts wear and warp. Eventually you are left with shears that should be perfectly fine except they're unusable because the blades spread out whenever you try to cut something.
So I got these during the last drop and I really want to like them, but they have a fatal flaw. The piece that holds the blades together is screwed on, and that screw becomes undone while operating the shears. This means that you constantly (every 10 cuts or so) have to tighten that screw by hand which isn't all that easy. Definitely not well engineered. I've tried to come up with some solution for this because they are really great otherwise, but no luck. This tiny detail means that I can't recommend these shears, even if I would really want to :(
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CryHavoc
Yeah the center pin 'construction' is a PITA as shipped, my hack was a to put tiny drop of Loctite Green on the screw's threads - Green is a thinned formulation that penetrates threads well, releases at a lower temperature than Loctite Red, and only adheres anaerobically - so it's less like to gum up the blades if you use too much on the screw.
Apply the Loctite Green, assemble the pin and blades - then quickly set the blade tension & go away for a few minutes whie things set - our shears have remained correctly tensioned for at least a year now.
Cheers Jim
BTW - if you need to adjust the blade tension, a hair dryer, or better a heat gun, will temporarily loosen the Loctite, DON'T try to fuss with the pin without heating it first....
mvsantorini
This is an excellent recommendation here. I used Red as it’s what I had on hand. Just a small drop and it will keep them working great. (Just a small amount on the threads is food safe it doesn’t go anywhere)
My wife hated these sheers the first couple months we had them because they were always coming loose. Loctite did the trick and they’ve worked flawlessless ever since. These are a massive step up from the 15-25$ sheers you can buy at most big box stores and you don’t have to worry about babying them too much since you only dropped $35 on them.
Received my Shears today, not real impressed! The shears have scratches in the polishing along the cutting edge, almost looks as if these were demo's etc. I'll add a pic later.
I'm a sucker for over engineered Japanese thing-a-ma-bobs!
AlanKong
i prefer their what-cha-ma- call-its.....
These appear to be made by a 3-person company named Hoei in Seki city, Gifu prefecture in Japan:
http://www.seki-houei.jp/about.html
Seki is a city known for a lot of small companies that make bladed tools.
The brand Kanemoto (兼元) comes from (but may or may not be directly descended from) the Muromachi Era (16th century) sword maker Magoroku Kanemoto (孫六兼元) (his first name literally means "6th grandson").
http://www.seki-houei.jp/western_kanemoto.html
These scissors appear to be their KS-215 stainless kitchen shears:
http://www.seki-houei.jp/kitchen_houei-allstainless-kitchenbasami.html
Cloaca
In case someone was looking for an updated product link from the MFG's site.
http://www.seki-houei.jp/product_houei-allstainless-kitchenbasami.html
I bit. And I'll tell you why. Shears are literally the best thing after a knife for real work in the kitchen. I saw a pair cheaper for sale online with black handles, but who knows if it's a knock off and solid INOX looks way better. Couldn't find that look anywhere. It will match any kitchen tools for the future. High tolerance shears have been a dream of mine. 38 bucks with shipping, pfft go for it. Grocery store shears are that cost.
I think these would be much better for heavy duty kitchen needs (like splitting ribs, separating a chicken, etc):
Gelindo Kitchen Scissors - Heavy Duty Stainless Steel-