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How they are made

Developed from over 100 years of Japanese craftsmanship

Since our foundation in 1903, we have consistently manufactured high quality products that combine traditional techniques with the latest technologies. 

Our history is rooted near the heart of Japan's Niigata prefecture, in the cities of Tsubame and Sanjo. Together these cities are famously known as Metalwork Cities due to their history of producing tableware, metal household products, tools and knives. 

The blacksmithing history of Sanjo began around 1625, when nail makers from Edo (current Tokyo) were invited by the local magistrate to teach farmers the skill of nail making as an additional form of income. In 1649, many residents took up blacksmithing, and by 1658, according to Sanjo Land Registry records, a number of blacksmiths and blacksmith communities were registered. New techniques of forging saws and hatchets were introduced in 1661. Sickles were one of the first mass produced edged tools, and from there the number of merchants and tradesmen dealing with metal goods in Sanjo began to rise.

Sanjo's blacksmithing tradition remains to this day, with current creations that include kitchen tools, carpentry tools, measuring instruments, outdoor equipment, everyday appliances, civil engineering equipment and gardening supplies.

Ohana's presence in Tsubame and Sanjo has enabled us to tap into historical and proven manufacturing processes and exceptional resources. Here, we continue the practice of hand-finishing shears for unprecedented quality. 

What's more, insight from florists like you has helped us perfect our design and ensure long-term comfort. Ohana's attention to craftsmanship has earned our shears several international award nominations for design, as well as a reputation for being Japan's #1 floral shear, and an increasingly popular floral tool throughout Europe.