⟨ Misc ⟩

The ultra-thin scissors

The charm of minimalism

Texts and Photography / Ron Lam
Translation / Iris Heung

在文具店遇到這把剪刀,立時愛不惜手——由岐阜木村刃物生產的這把剪刀,將剪刀上所有能減去的元素都減去,最終只留下兩片與手把相連的不鏽鋼刀刃,以及把刀刃連結起來的配件,別無其他。木村刃物替它取名為「可以夾起來的剪刀」,因為它極為單薄,能夠夾在記事本裡,收到偏平的筆盒之內,方便携帶。

木村刃物的工場位於岐阜縣的關市,是一個以製造刀刃聞名的城市。木村刃物主要製作的是辦公室用的剪刀、廚房的具等,在製造過程之中,會留下很多廢棄鐵材,為免浪費,木村刃材便將之收集起來,製成不鏽鋼板,再製作成這把「可以夾起來的剪刀」。剪刀的製作方式看來非常簡單,只是用雷射切割的方法,把部件剪裁再連接起來,甚至也沒有經過打磨,撫著時仍能感受到邊緣的菱角。簡單的製作方式、簡約的外形、珍惜環境的心意,正是這把剪刀的魅力所在。

In a stationary shop, this pair of scissors by Kimura Knife from Gifu totally made me fall in love at first sight. The manufacturer reduced the design of the scissors to keeping only the essential parts, leaving only the two stainless steel blades attached to their grips and their connecting part. Kimura Knife’s ultra-thin scissors are so thin that they can be placed in a notebook or in a slim pencil box so as to be carried around easily.

The Kimura Knife factory is in Seki Shi, Gifu Prefecture. The city itself has always been famous for manufacturing knives and blades. While producing their key products, office scissors and kitchenware, the Kimura Knife factory is left with a considerable amount of metal scrap. The factory collected the scrap and turn it into a stainless steel plate, which in turn becomes these ultra-thin scissors. The manufacturing process for these scissors is very simple — the stainless steel plate is first laser cut into the correct shape and get attached together afterwards; the rim of the scissors is still pretty rough as it was not even polished. In fact, the simple production process, minimalistic design, and the care for our environment is precisely the charm of this pair of scissors.