Japanese Shears

Top 10 Best Japanese Shears in 2023

Let’s talk about the top 10 best Japanese hairdressing scissors brands according to sales & reviews from my prestigious clients at LA SHEAR.

For detailed info on each shear, read the article below or contact Mike for more info & current sale prices:


  1. Hikari Dry Cut Shears level 4. 3 way Tie between Drycut models Phoenix, Dragon & Spark ,
  2. Hikari Cosmos Series Level 3, Tie between Phantom and Anatomic
  3. Kikui 6 inch Ergo
  4. Kasho Millennium offset 6 & 6.5
  5. Kikui Slide Leaf blade Dry Cut 6.3 Inches
  6. Kasho Green / Sagano series, 5.5 , 6 inches
  7. Hikari Chikara 5.75 & 5 inch & Epic 5.5 & 6inch
  8. Kikui 5 inch Straight Detail shear
  9. Kasho Silver 6 inch & 6.5 inch
  10. Kikui Swivel Thumb 5.5 & 6inch
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1. Hikari Dry Cut Shears


It’s a 3-way tie for number one because the best Hikari dry cut shear will be specific to you.

Hikari makes many (Level 4) dry-cut shears, which are their highest-end models.


The 3 Hikari dry cut shears we sell the most of are:

  • The Dragon,
  • The Phoenix, 
  • The Spark.

Continue reading this article and you will get a good idea of which Hikari Dry Cutting Shear is right for you!


2. Hikari Cosmos


Hikari (Level 3) Cosmos shears performance, reputation & affordable price make them my top-selling shear!

The most popular Cosmos shears are – The Anatomic & The Phantom.

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3. Kikui Ergo


Kikui Shears are a best-kept secret. But we are here to uncover the secret – you will fall in love with these shears!

The Kikui Ergo is one of our top performers which is giving it it’s rightful place on our top 10 list.

Kikui is a small Japanese Shear Company that has been making shears since 1953. This means a 3rd generation master Japanese craftsman will hand-make your shear from start to finish.

They use proprietary cobalt that no one in the industry is able to work with because of the skill it takes to use such a material and create a functional piece.


4. Kasho Millennium


Kasho Shears was founded in 1979 & is the largest shear manufacturer in Japan. The Millennium is the best shear Kasho makes & was made specifically for stylists who want to climb the ladder and become the best of the best! Kasho Millennium has a patented ball-bearing disc operation system, unique design, & concave/convex edge. The Millennium shear effortlessly glides through hair with smooth & laser precision that will blow your mind.

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5. Kikui Dry Slide Cut


If you are obsessed with dry cutting and you are into carving and sliding, this is your shear! This powerhouse handmade Kikui Dry Cut Shear features a lighter cobalt blend with a leaf blade.

The Kikui Dry Slide Cut Shear blends design, engineering, and epic Japanese craftsmanship, which makes it easier to slide cut damp hair and carve dry as if wet. This makes the shear excellent for advanced dry cutting techniques.


6. Kasho Green / Sagano Series


The second-best Kasho Model is the Green Series – an affordable workhorse that will exceed your expectations.

The Kasho Green is extremely smooth and powerful, with an adjustable tension screw and removable tang.


The top-selling lightweight Sagano has a ball-bearing pivot – a system similar to the Millennium. This Makes it effortless to guide the shear through hair without having to adjust the tension too often. Plus, the built-in tang fits your hand like a glove.


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7. Kikui 5-inch Detail Shear


This Japanese shear is an absolute classic 5-inch detail shear. The Kikui 5-inch detail shear was a favorite of Vidal Sassoon for precision geometric cuts and detail work.

The Kikui 5-inch Detail Shear is a must-have detail shear in every stylist’s collection!


8. Hikari Chikara


The Chikara is a perfect entry-level in Japanese shears.

They are the most affordable and best value in the Hikari category.

The Hikari Chikara uses the same signature alloys and convex blade design as the top-of-the-line Hikari Shears at a fraction of the price.


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9. Kasho Silver


The Kasho Silver features their patented ball bearing system and convex edge, as well as a blend of proprietary alloys at an extremely affordable price!

The Silver series gives you the best of ergonomic comfort and control. The Kasho Silver has a lightweight ergo design which is amazing for point cutting.


10. Kikui Swivel Thumb Shear


This is hands down the best Swivel Thumb Shear!

The Kikui Swivel Thumb Shear took years of development and testing before they finally released it in 2020, with rave reviews by Swivel thumb enthusiasts. Years later, it’s still leading the way as the best swivel thumb shear.

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If you would like more info on any shear from these brands:

Please email or text/call Mike.

Mike Johles has 22 Years of experience in helping stylists buy the perfect shear for their personal needs and budget. We can get you THE BEST PRICES on all the shears (plus a special gift).