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Edo handmade tweezers inverse eyelashes [Kurata]

Edo handmade tweezers inverse eyelashes [Kurata]

Normal price(tax included):
$ 108
Sales price(tax included):
$ 108
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Manufacturer:
Kurata Works.
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Living > Health

Break off the trouble of longtime inverse eyelashes with this product recommended by an ophthalmologist.


The product is for pulling out ”inverse eyelashes” easier and the pair of tips of the tweezers are 2mm width to be handy. It has strong spring force that can receive pressure from finger and tips fitting neatly not to release a hair and
engage it, and you can pull out a hair with less pain and with nice feelings.
For the above reason, it has been used as medical care use for many years in Juntendo University. With this tweezer which has received the letter of recommendation from an ophthalmologist, please break off the trouble of longtime inverse eyelashes. It is the tweezer made by Yoshiyuki Kurata who won the prize for his craftsman skill beyond the limit of the normal machine press.

What are "Edo hand made tweezers"?


These are tweezers which are based on the tweezers made out of bivalve which were supposed to be used between the common people in Japan and are handmade with hammering technology in Edo era.
Kurata works is founded in 1875(Meiji era).The third generation Yoshiyuki Kurata is the only craftsman in Japan who inherits the traditional way of tweezers producing in Edo era.
The 18-8 stainless steel plate of 3mm thickness is hammered 500 times or more and these are produced by hand one by one. His craftsmanship that went beyond the limits of the mechanical press and in fiscal Heisei 9 year his skills were esteemed and he won the "traditional craft skills Achievement Award" from Arakawa Word in Tokyo. Currently his tweezers are used as medical devices of ophthalmology or makeup equipment by many experts.

Three conditions to distinguish good "tweezers".


1. When the pair of tips is closed and held against the light, the light is not leaked from the gap between tips.
2. When it is seen from a side face, the pair of tips is fit .
3. When a hair is picked with tweezers, there is a spring in both sides of the tips.
If there is not even any one among the three conditions, you may feel pain when tweezing a hair or the hair may be cut accidentaly.
The "Edo handmade tweezers"have these three conditions.
If you have one, it will be usable for a long time.


The crafting process of Edo handmade tweezers


Even Mr. Kurata who is skilled meister can make about ten pairs of tweezers per day at most. While adjusting the thickness with sense of his eyes and fingers, he finishes a work called "Edo handmade tweezers" through 30 or more steps.
He also inherits skillful way of fingerwork.

(1) Selection of material, hammering.

The 18-8 stainless steel bar of 3 milimeters thick that has rust resistant is used for the material.
both ends of the bar are hammered at the beginning.
Then it is hammered carefully while it is turned upside down front and back to have spring in the middle. The process is to "eliminate the core of the material". This requires power adjustment skill.
It is hammered further and becomes to smooth surface.

(2)Punching, sanding, deburring, polishing.

The material that has been beaten-out is die-cut and a cross section and edge are sanded carefully and remove rough part called burr. This work makes smooth texture. Then it is polished with sand,cloth or rinen.

(3) Warpage adjusting, inscription, readjusting, nipping parts making, bending.

The warpage of the material is adjusted with his original machine.
Then a registered trademark "Yoshiyuki Kurata"is inscribed on it.
After the warpage readjusting, a pair of nipping parts is made.
Finally it is bent at the center and the form is adjusted.

(4)Surface shining, tooth(nipping parts)sanding, tooth alignment, grinding

Using buff of 4 types (sand, linen, yarn, cloth)makes smooth surface.
Then the teeth parts catching a hair are sanded with files of three kinds of roughness (rough, medium, fine).
After confirming the resilience of the spring and shape, and a pair of teeth is adjusted to fit close.
The nipping faces of teeth parts are ground with a grind stone and finally a pair of tweezers is completed.

These are tweezers which are based on the tweezers made out of bivalve which were supposed to be used between the common people in Japan and are handmade with hammering technology in Edo era.
Kurata works is founded in 1875(Meiji era).The third generation Yoshiyuki Kurata is the only craftsman in Japan who inherits the traditional way of tweezers producing in Edo era.
The 18-8 stainless steel plate of 3mm thickness is hammered 500 times or more and these are produced by hand one by one. His craftsmanship that went beyond the limits of the mechanical press and in fiscal Heisei 9 year his skills were esteemed and he won the "traditional craft skills Achievement Award" from Arakawa Word in Tokyo. Currently his tweezers are used as medical devices of ophthalmology or makeup equipment by many experts.

Three conditions to distinguish good "tweezers".


1. When the pair of tips is closed and held against the light, the light is not leaked from the gap between tips.
2. When it is seen from a side face, the pair of tips is fit .
3. When a hair is picked with tweezers, there is a spring in both sides of the tips.
If there is not even any one among the three conditions, you may feel pain when tweezing a hair or the hair may be cut accidentaly.
The "Edo handmade tweezers"have these three conditions.
If you have one, it will be usable for a long time.


The crafting process of Edo handmade tweezers


Even Mr. Kurata who is skilled meister can make about ten pairs of tweezers per day at most. While adjusting the thickness with sense of his eyes and fingers, he finishes a work called "Edo handmade tweezers" through 30 or more steps.
He also inherits skillful way of fingerwork.

(1) Selection of material, hammering.

The 18-8 stainless steel bar of 3 milimeters thick that has rust resistant is used for the material.
both ends of the bar are hammered at the beginning.
Then it is hammered carefully while it is turned upside down front and back to have spring in the middle. The process is to "eliminate the core of the material". This requires power adjustment skill.
It is hammered further and becomes to smooth surface.

(2)Punching, sanding, deburring, polishing.

The material that has been beaten-out is die-cut and a cross section and edge are sanded carefully and remove rough part called burr. This work makes smooth texture. Then it is polished with sand,cloth or rinen.

(3) Warpage adjusting, inscription, readjusting, nipping parts making, bending.

The warpage of the material is adjusted with his original machine.
Then a registered trademark "Yoshiyuki Kurata"is inscribed on it.
After the warpage readjusting, a pair of nipping parts is made.
Finally it is bent at the center and the form is adjusted.

(4)Surface shining, tooth(nipping parts)sanding, tooth alignment, grinding

Using buff of 4 types (sand, linen, yarn, cloth)makes smooth surface.
Then the teeth parts catching a hair are sanded with files of three kinds of roughness (rough, medium, fine).
After confirming the resilience of the spring and shape, and a pair of teeth is adjusted to fit close.
The nipping faces of teeth parts are ground with a grind stone and finally a pair of tweezers is completed." />
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What do you pay attention when producing?


oducing?
”It is to always make excellent tweezers that pull out a hair.
In the case of tweezers, it is not a thing to decorating and enjoy like art.
Customers buy for using them and we make them one by one carefully.

I think it is the same as the making of Udon noodle or Soba noodle.
The noodle of well-kneaded dough is supposed to be tasty.
I agree to it and I am aiming to hammer some hundreds of times and make precise and durable tweezers."

Do you provide an after-sales repair service?


I want to take responsibility to my products that my name is carved on it. I hope to repair it even if a customer uses it how many years even if the condition is bad. I am so glad if my product would be used generation to generation in a family(laugh). I think that it is not at all a high price for a long time use. I think my products are usable for lifetime.

※Customers are to pay the delivery fee both ways.

Lastly, do you have messages?


Though it was written on the book which I read before, the book said that
tweezers seemed to be the only cosmetic tool invented in Japan.
On investigation Seishonagon wrote the poetry of tweezers and there were pictures of tweezers in the book of the Ukiyoe. Don't you think that it is interesting?

Producer's profile

What is your motto? Mmm, it is an effort.


He hammers a stainless steel plate cut into long pieces rhythmically and this hard stainless steel bar changes its form in no time.

He says that stainless steel has core. He hammers to remove the core and bend the bar in the middle of it to make the bent part the most thin using longtime perception. He tells so while smiling. He began helping business when he was junior high school student and he has inherited for more than 50 years. His products show us his spirits of craftsman.

In 1997 He received commendation as ”Arakawa Meister” by his high techniques and prominent skills.

He accepts many students in their school field trips all over the country and holds his classes of craftsman experience so that he can tell the pleasure of manufacturing to the next generation while he guides his successors.

A local junior high school student visited him in work experience the other day.
Within one minute from starting hammering junior high student told him that he got tired. He told him that no one can succeed without making an effort more than others to learn a trade or to study or to become a player of sports.

The meister's favorite word effort. It carries weight.
The Arakawa meister fights with stainless steel with a hammer today.

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