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SAMURAI Nail Clippers: Functional Items Inspired by Japan's Greatest Leaders

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Inspired by Japan’s Three Greatest Leaders: Outstanding Quality Nail Clippers

Nikken Cutlery, a brand known for their excellent products, launched a series of nail clippers inspired by the three Great Unifiers of Japan: Oda Nobunaga (1534-1582), Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1537-1598), and Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543-1616).

Have you ever had troubles with nail clippers that don’t cut, but rather tear your nails? Nikken’s nail clippers are not made of stainless steel but of hard, high carbon steel, just like Japanese swords, and cut impeccably. Nikken inherited the iron forging techniques developed in Seki, a region with a century-long tradition of swordsmithing.

SAMURAI Nail Clippers: Practical Items Infused With Japanese History

The SAMURAI Nail Clippers are decorated with the family crests of the three great leaders of Japan’s Warring States Period. 

If we were living in the 16th century, just owning a personal item with one of these family crests would open many doors for you. You would instantly make many friends--and even more enemies.

But, most importantly, to whom would you pledge your allegiance?

These incredibly influential rulers who succeeded in unifying Japan are household names given as examples of leadership. But each professed their own style of leadership.

Oda Nobunaga: The Ruthless, Unstoppable Leader

It’s the mid-16th century. A series of civil wars that continued over one hundred years have reduced Kyoto to ashes. The scars are so deep that, even in the 21st century, when the Kyotoites mention "the war," they usually refer to the Onin War (1467-1477) that sparked this series of conflicts rather than World War II.

The one who started to put an end to these civil wars was Oda Nobunaga (1534-1582). With a strategy of powerful alliances and aggressive warfare, he managed to silence other warlords and bring almost all the provinces in Japan under his rule. This was a first in the history of Japan.

Oda didn't proclaim himself shogun, but he was regarded by everyone else as the ruler of the country. He was feared and respected by all.

The Oda Nobunaga nail clipper is decorated with the Oda family crest and the black and gold sheath design of his beloved sword. This color combination suggests Oda’s ruthlessness, sharp intelligence, and inflexible determination to bring everyone under his rule.

Toyotomi Hideyoshi: The Eccentric, Unpredictable Leader

Hideyoshi was one of Oda's generals. He won Oda’s favor by winning several battles for him. After Oda was killed in 1582, Hideyoshi succeeded him and continued his work of unifying all the provinces under one rule. 

Toyotomi Hideyoshi is remembered and respected for having climbed up the hierarchy and become a ruler in spite of his humble origins. However, to everyone’s surprise, he turned out to be a completely different character than Oda.

Although he continued Oda's patronage of the arts--tea ceremony and Noh theater in particular--Hideyoshi led these arts in a radically different direction. In an opulent show of power, he hosted lavish tea ceremonies open to the public and even built himself a tea ceremony room out of gold. This was the complete opposite of the simplicity sought by Oda's favorite tea master, Sen no Rikyu (1522-1591), whom Hideyoshi actually sentenced to death for defiance. 

The Toyotomi Hideyoshi nail clippers are finished with gold-plating, embellished with his family crest, and are reminiscent of his Golden Tea Room.

Tokugawa Ieyasu: The Composed, Visionary Leader

After Hideyoshi’s death and a few battles, Tokugawa Ieyasu came to power. His rule brought a long-awaited era of peace. The foundation of the Tokugawa shogunate marked the beginning of the Edo Period (1603-1868), which was an era of relative stability and growth ensured not by fear, but by laws, visionary leadership, and government support of research, education, and urban development. Japanese traditional culture as we know it today flourished in the Edo period.

Having brought peace and stability to the country, Tokugawa Ieyasu is remembered as a wise, visionary leader and worshipped at Nikko Toshogu Shrine, where his gorgeous mausoleum is located.

The Tokugawa Ieyasu nail clippers are silver-colored and embellished with the hollyhock motif of Tokugawa’s family crest. The color scheme evokes the bright era of peace and prosperity that he established.

Other Products by Nikken: Black, Gold, and Silver Nail Clippers

In addition to the SAMURAI Nail Clippers, we also have a complete line of simple, stylish nail clippers. Since they are made with carbon steel, they all offer carefully crafted blades for fine precision cutting.

Black Nail Clippers

Gold Nail Clippers

Silver Nail Clippers

Nikken Cutlery: A Short Introduction

Our company, Nikken Cutlery, is located in Seki, a city in Gifu, and has a history of more than 75 years. Since our founding in 1946, we’ve been carefully crafting each piece of cutlery one by one—taking full advantage of both machining and bench work at our in-house factory.

Our research and development department oversees the entire process from the initial design all the way to production. Our decades of experience and precision production allow us to meet and exceed our customers’ needs.

We have put a great deal of effort into developing various kinds of scissors. In recent years, we’ve been striving to create new products while ensuring that our finished goods are of the highest quality.

In January 2020, Nikken Cutlery held an exhibit at Maison & Objet in France, also called the Paris Collection. This event is known for its glitz and glamour, and its ability to generate new design trends.

Here we unveiled various products featuring Japanese sword motifs, which piqued the interest of many international customers.

We pay close attention to both design quality and the improvement of our technology. In collaboration with a well-known Japanese animation company, we developed the SAMURAI series, which has proven to be highly popular.

In the future, we want to continue offering people around the world the satisfaction of using precision cutting instruments.

First, we’d like to introduce our high-quality nail clippers, which are part of our beauty product line.

Our High-Quality Nail Clippers

Top quality nail clippers are essential for cutting your nails safely. Instead of stainless steel, we use carbon steel, which gives our product an outstanding cutting edge!

All of our nail clippers are individually made by the skilled cutlery craftsmen of Seki City. Not only do they cut well, but they also look great.

They are ideal for personal use or as gifts made in Japan.

These nail clippers are extremely popular with international visitors. They are excellent products that let you experience Japanese history and technology.

Products Made in Seki: A History of Excellent Quality

About 800 years ago, a swordsmith from Kyushu settled in Seki. It’s been said that this was the start of Seki’s sword-making industry.

Seki is blessed with a bountiful natural environment that provides high-quality raw materials such as pine charcoal, tempering clay, and plenty of fresh water. This attracted blacksmiths, and the sword industry flourished.

As a result of their superior artistic quality and their highly functional nature, Seki’s legendary blades became synonymous with high quality, and their reputation soon spread throughout Japan.

Even now, Seki is known worldwide as one of the leading cutlery producing areas.

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We are proud to introduce these beauty products, crafted with a combination of Japanese tradition and advanced technology.

With your support, we hope to continue sharing these products with the world, as well as introduce new, beautiful tools.

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