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Tajika

Handcrafted Scissors and Shears

Oct 21-28, 2016

Nalata Nalata is pleased to present an exhibition of handcrafted scissors and shears by the Japanese atelier, Tajika. The event presents an opportunity to view their full collection of scissors, many of which are currently in production, along with rarely seen archived styles. Over 80 different types of scissors will be on display, including diagrams that depict the making process. 

The scissor trade requires the skills of ingenious artisans. One pair may take up to thirty stages in the production process, the principal of which are forging the scissors from a steel rod of suitable size, filing or ornamenting the shanks and bows, grinding and assembling, which includes screw-making, setting, and ensuring the scissors meet evenly together, and whetting. Forging is the most difficult to learn, requiring years of practice to create a simple pair of scissors with precision.

“Rather than design things anew, we produce from a stance of improving items that already exist… Our tradition is the continuation of innovation” – Daisuke Tajika

As a family-run company, Tajika has passed down their expertise for years, slowly mastering the production of specialized cutting tools. Daisuke Tajika has honed the rare artistry and now bears the responsibility of continuing the evolution of his family’s company as the fourth-generation owner.

Due to their ubiquity across cultures and professions, scissors have numerous representations across the world. Tajika’s interpretations include various scissors and shears for gardening, cooking, and sewing, to name a few. It goes without saying that the company has been left in good hands as Daisuke Tajika continues to carry forward the inventiveness that rests at the core of each pair of scissors.

To coincide with the opening, we will be introducing a collaboratively designed series of scissors created with Tajika, the Small Blackened Household Scissors and the Large Blackened Household Scissors. Their shapes are based on the beloved Copper and Black finished versions that we have long used in our gallery to wrap gifts. We were also inspired by the “Kuro-Mura” blackened brass pendants by Futagami because of the way they age over time, taking on a patina that is a very deep, saturated black. Interested in creating a similar richness in colour, we decided to work with Daisuke to produce a pair of everyday scissors with the same principles.

On the evening of Friday, October 21st, we will be celebrating the official launch of the one-week exhibition. Specialty tools and machines used in the crafting of each pair will be brought from Japan to further explain the intricate steps involved in forging and aligning the blades. Join us on this special evening as we welcome the atelier’s fourth generation owner, Daisuke Tajika, to New York City for his first international exhibition.

Refreshments will be provided by Ayako Kurokawa of Burrow.

Explore our studio visit with Tajika here.

View a recap of the event here.

Shop the Exhibition

Blackened Household Scissors - Large
Blackened Household Scissors - Large

Blackened Household Scissors - Large

Daisuke Tajika for Nalata Nalata

I am a pair of Large Blackened Household Scissors. Black is de rigueur, but being sharp is more impressive.  

$125
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Blackened Household Scissors - Small
Blackened Household Scissors - Small

Blackened Household Scissors - Small

Daisuke Tajika for Nalata Nalata

I am a pair of Small Blackened Household Scissors. I'm the perfect pair for all your household needs.  

$110
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Black Thinning Garden Shears
Black Thinning Garden Shears

Black Thinning Garden Shears

Daisuke Tajika for Tajika

I am Black Thinning Garden Shears. Better believe it, I can slim down a shrub with just a couple snips.    

$195
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Branch and Root Shears
Branch and Root Shears

Branch and Root Shears

Daisuke Tajika for Tajika

I am a pair of branch and root shears. I’m a gardener’s best friend because I have all the qualities a friend should have and like to keep a tight knit group. So when unwanted guests try to get in, I’m not afraid to cut them out of our circle.    

$120
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Flower Shears
Flower Shears

Flower Shears

Daisuke Tajika for Tajika

I am a pair of flower shears. The gift of flowers always makes people smile. I’m more than happy to clip away thorns and spruce up leaves so there’s nothing in the way of the perfect bunch for that special someone.    

$82
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Herb Shears
Herb Shears

Herb Shears

Daisuke Tajika for Tajika

I am herb shears. I like being able to tell people that I helped cut the herbs that spiced up their dishes. From planting a seed to watching it grow… there’s nothing else like it. The next time you need help adding rosemary to your soup, you know who to call! I love being part of the process.    

$55
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Shippou Cloisonné Scissors (OUT OF STOCK)
Shippou Cloisonné Scissors (OUT OF STOCK)

Shippou Cloisonné Scissors (OUT OF STOCK)

Daisuke Tajika for Tajika

I am Shippou Cloisonné Scissors. If you tilt your head I look like a bird but unlike my source of inspiration, I'm not flighty one bit. I'm steady in the hand and rather precise.    

$195
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SLD Steel Fabric Scissors
SLD Steel Fabric Scissors

SLD Steel Fabric Scissors

Daisuke Tajika for Tajika

I am a pair of SLD steel fabric scissors. Don’t underestimate my abilities, I have brains and brawn. My steel is incredibly strong and I’m equally as sharp.     

$280
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Garden Clipper
Garden Clipper

Garden Clipper

Daisuke Tajika for Tajika

I am a garden clipper. Although I am iron, I have a green thumb. I love getting into shrubs and bushes to get rid of unwanted visitors. Beware old branches, I’m coming for you.    

$210
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Landscaping Shears
Landscaping Shears

Landscaping Shears

Daisuke Tajika for Tajika

I am a pair of landscaping shears. I love to clean up and keep things tidy. When something’s growing out of place, I cut away without hesitation. The sight of flowering branches makes me happy but, the sight of weeds? No way!    

$210
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Landscaping Shears - Long
Landscaping Shears - Long

Landscaping Shears - Long

Daisuke Tajika for Tajika

I am Long Landscaping Shears. That picturesque landscape didn’t get that way on it’s own. I’ve been snipping and pruning, specific skill sets I’ve honed.    

$325
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Kitchen Shears
Kitchen Shears

Kitchen Shears

Daisuke Tajika for Tajika

I am kitchen shears. Anything those tools in your drawers can do, I can do better! Including cutting food, cracking nuts, opening cans and even removing bottle caps. If I’m not a showstopper, I don’t know who is.    

$115
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