THE HISTORY of HIKARI
A Champion Hairdresser’s
Pursuit of a Dream
As the world’s leader in scissor
design, Hikari is devoted to making the finest collection of
haircutting instruments. This devotion stems from a dream of Hikari
founder, Fukutaro Takahashi. Mr. Takahashi, born and raised in Japan,
was a nationally acclaimed, champion hairdresser. He knew the demands
of the craft and realized the need for a truly superior haircutting
tool. Unfortunately, there were no tools available that met Fukutaro’s
expectations of high quality and excellent craftsmanship. But Mr.
Takahashi was unwilling to accept that there was no “perfect” tool out
there. His dream was to provide every hairdresser with the ultimate in
haircutting tools. Through his persistence, passion and dedication,
Hikari Scissors was born.
being congratulated by
President Reagan in 1989 for being voted
one of the top businessman in Japan.
Fukutaro studied properties of metals,
microscopic pieces of hair and analyzed hair structure. Armed with his extensive knowledge and experience in scissor design and
haircutting techniques, Fukutaro designed and hand-made the first pair
of Hikari scissors in 1968. He brought his prototype to many scissor
manufacturers, but was turned away each time. They all gave him the
same response: the product is great, but producing the scissor would
take too much time and money.
analyzed hair structure
in order to develop the ultimate
The Passion for
With fierce passion and persistence,
Fukutaro opened his one-man business. In time, he trained others in the
of scissor making, and the company grew. Hikari’s painstaking research
in metallurgy resulted in alloys with characteristics of strength and
resiliency, providing years of enjoyment as they “melt’ through the
hair, time and time again. Fukutaro’s uncanny ability to innovate
scissor designs that are timeless in application, rapidly gained
worldwide recognition as the new industry standard.
Hikari is the only scissor manufacturer founded and directed by a
hairdresser. It is our founder’s first hand knowledge of the art of
haircutting that truly sets Hikari apart from the rest.
The early days of
Hikari Invents the
Precision Convex Edge
All Hikaris are hand made in Japan,
featuring Precision Convex Blades and Vacuum Heat Tempered Alloys. The
Precision Convex Edge, invented by Hikari, revolutionized the concept
of cutting sharpness and accuracy. Vacuum Heat Tempering ensures
durability and long cutting life. The Hikari Precision Convex Edge
combines a hand-buffed outer blade with a hollow ground
(concave) inner blade. Both blades are polished by hand to razor
sharpness. This edge has no serrations or conventional outer edge bevel
or grind, making Hikari scissors the most accurate in
The Tradition Continues
Today in Japan, the tradition is
carried on by the grandson of Fukutaro Takahashi, Shinichi Takahashi
(also a champion
hairdresser). Since he was a young boy, he was trained by his father
(Kazuyoshi Takahashi) and his grandfather (Fukutaro Takahashi) in
the art of handmaking scissors. Shinichi, with his staff of expert
craftsmen, produce by hand all the Hikari scissors in the world. His
passion for the beauty industry and demand for perfection continues to
drive him to pursue his grandfather’s dream of creating the ultimate
Shinichi Takahashi, current President of Hikari Japan, champion hairdresser, and
master scissor craftsman, demonstrating cutting techniques in Taiwan, 2019.
President of Hikari USA,
Hairstylist, and Master Scissor Craftsman.
The Hikari IBIN
cutting team, led by Kazuyoshi Takahashi, celebrate after winning most
hair competitions at Beauty Revolution, 2007 in Los Angeles! Many of
designs are inspired by this world famous group of hair stylists.