It is said that even hair of 5 thousandths of a millimeter is tweezed easily.
Of course it can be used for mustache or underarm hair. It can be used for various purpose.
Please realize the craftsman's skill who won a prize for"traditional craft skills Achievement Award from Arakawa Ward in Tokyoh feeling comfortable sense of use.
It will not tire a hand easily even if you use it through a long period of time.
You will be released from stress that you have for the one you have been using.
Surely, it will become a thing for a life. Silver material is said to have antibacterial effect and it is easy to pull a hair easier because of the heavy specific gravity of silver which is heavier than other materials and there are few pains to pull a hair. (to pull hair with the heaviness)
What are the 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.
Pure silver is used for the material.
both ends of the pure silver 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, teeth(nipping parts)sanding, teeth adjustment, 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.