Hikari Products, Inc.
16102 S. Western Ave., Suite 201
Gardena, CA 90247

US    1-800-445-2747
Worldwide 310-516-0350

Frequently Asked Questions, Industry News & General Scissor Information:
Japanese Scissors, Japanese Steel, Country of Origin, what does it all mean?  Why should I care? (continued)
Smart Shopping:  Protect Yourself
The safest way to ensure a sound investment is to purchase scissors from a reputable company that has an extensive track record for quality, integrity, and reliability.  There are many scissor companies that have been in operation for more than 20 years and are known for selling quality scissors at reasonable prices.  In general, these companies identify their scissors’ true countries of origin and stand behind their products with proven customer service. 

Unfortunately, there are scissor companies, most in operation for less than 5 years that claim to offer but do not deliver the newest and greatest in metals, craftsmanship, and features.  These companies tout a supposed past or current affiliation with Hikari or other established manufacturers that cannot be confirmed.  Such companies try to lure customers with low prices and scissors that are only visually appealing but fail to live up to expectations.  As a result, many of these new scissor companies fold after a few years or morph into another “new” scissor company. 

We recommend that you put your trust in companies with proven track records for high quality products that provide sustained performance and customer satisfaction.  We believe that such companies will be eager to help you find the scissor that fits your desires, needs, and budget. 

Questions to Ask:  Proof is in the Use
In order to verify a company’s reputation, listed below are some questions that stylists should ask, and then verify the responses.  Reputable companies also have unpaid, verifiable references and endorsements and will gladly provide you with contact information for their references.

  • How long has this company been in operation?
There are many scissor companies who have been in business for more than 20 years, and their track record speaks for itself.  (Hikari has been hand making haircutting scissors in Japan since 1968)
  • What is the scissor’s country of origin?
Beware if the answer is the scissor is made out of Japanese steel.  If a scissor is made in Japan, it will be stamped “Japan” or “Made in Japan”.  If it does not have such stamp, it is not made in Japan. (All Hikari scissors are made in Japan)

  • What is the name and location of the scissor manufacturing plant that produces the scissor? 
(Hikari scissors are made in Niigata Japan at the Hikari factory).  Be certain the answer is the location of the scissor plant, not the steel plant.  The most important factor is where the scissors are created.

Call for Help:  Better Safe than Sorry
While we truly believe Hikari scissors are the finest scissors in the world, we respect our competitors that operate in an ethical fashion and would never disparage their businesses or products.  In contrast, we find it upsetting to see scissor companies that deploy deceptive marketing tactics or make false claims as these illegal practices hurt consumers and are a detriment to the entire beauty industry.  Therefore, please don’t hesitate to contact us should you suspect someone is marketing or selling counterfeit Hikari scissors. 
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