|Hikari Timeline of Innovations and Milestones
the world's leader in scissor design, Hikari devotes considerable
resources to new product research and development, resulting in a
product line that is constantly evolving.
1968, Hikari has lead the Beauty Industry by being the
most innovative scissor company in the world.
Here is a timeline of some of Hikari's major innovations and milestones.
Early 1960's, Mr.
Takahashi's quest for perfection begins...
Coming from a
family of hairdressers, the Legacy began with Mr. Fukataro Takahashi, a
champion hairdresser who in
his quest for the ultimate haircutting tool comprehensively analyzed
hair structures and metals, and experimented with scissor design for
1968, Mr. Takahashi
designs & hand makes the first Hikari scissor and invents The
Precision Convex Edge.
1968, Mr. Takahashi designed and handmade the very first pair of Hikari
scissors. This scissor featured the Precision Convex Edge, which
revolutionized the concept
of cutting sharpness, accuracy and durability.
also known for being the first to bring many other scissor
innovations to the haircutting industry. Silencers (bumpers), finger
rings, making scissors in matched pairs, using Molybdenum and Cobalt in
stainless steel and vacuum heat-tempering steel to create amazing
sharpness and durability are just a few of his many accomplishments.
Hikari introduces the Full Anatomic Grip.
The New Cosmos scissor with full anatomic grip changed the way stylists cut hair. Though often imitated,
no other company has the same angles and curves of this legendary
design. The full anatomic grip allows for greater agility and control.
The natural fit of the handles around the fingers enables complete
radial motion of the wrist, reducing stress and fatigue.
This will always be one of the most famous scissors ever made and will
be known as the first haircutting scissor to feature advanced ergonomics.
1986, Hikari invents the Crane handle.
classic crane design allows you to relax your elbow when executing
scissor over comb and various other techniques. 30 years later,
the crane handle design remains one of the most popular ergonomic
features available on haircutting scissors.
|1989, Mr. Takahashi receives an award and is congratulated by President Reagan.|
Takahashi was congratulated by President Reagan for being named
one of the top businessmen in Japan. Mr. Takahashi’s innovative scissor
designs garnered worldwide attention and began setting the standard for
tools in the beauty industry.
|2002, Hikari introduces the Trendy.|
The first texturizer to leave no line of demarcation.
The Trendy 741 is a unique tool that gives
complete styling control. With the Trendy stylist's can achieve incredible
razor-like results without damaging the hair. It is great for sculpting
and shaping. The Trendy can be used on every haircut.
Click here for a video demonstrating the endless possibilities of the Trendy
|2006, Hikari introduces the B-Dry for dry-cut texturizing.|
One of the first scissors in Hikari’s dry cutting series was the B-dry.
The B-dry was the first scissor created for dry-cut texturizing, slice cutting & creating a soft tapered finish. This unique design enables stylists to create new and
exciting styles more efficiently and effectively. This is definitely a
scissor like no other.
Click here to view the creative looks you can achieve with the B-Dry
|2010, Hikari designs the first scissor with a Guide tip.|
Guide is the first scissor with a patented blade design that allows a
stylist to cut with extreme precision. A very pointy guide tip enables
the stylist to scoop and cut the hair very close to the skin and around
the ears. The patented guide tip has a smooth inside edge which
prevents the stylist from cutting the client or themselves. Other
shears that have very little metal at the tips (very thin tips) can
dull quickly and lack power. This amazing new design retains all the
power of a thicker scissor while providing true accuracy.
Check out this video on the Guide scissor.
|2011, Hikari introduces the Angel Texturizer.|
The unique teeth allow you to effortlessly and smoothly
pull the Angel through the hair in the closed position. No other texturizer is as smooth as the Angel. The
Angel is the newest generation in the Hikari family of finishing tools.
Like the Trendy, stylists achieve incredible razor-like results without damaging the hair. Leaves
absolutely no line of demarcation and is phenomenal on thin hair. Great
for sculpting and shaping. This is a texturizer that the stylist can use
on every haircut.
Click here for an awesome texturizing tip that can only be done using the Angel or Trendy
|2011, Mr. Kazuyoshi Takahashi is named one of the 100 most influential people in Japan's beauty industry.|
Takahashi, President of Hikari Japan, was named one of the 100
most influential people in Japan’s beauty industry. Furthermore, he was
member of the scissor industry to receive this distinguished
honor. Shown here in a photo from the Japanese magazine
Kamikesho (Vol. 69), Kazuyoshi-san attributes this acclaim to his
father (Fukutaro), who
instilled in him a boundless passion for the beauty industry and zeal
for creating the ultimate haircutting tools.
2012, Hikari Introduces the Phantom, the first scissor with
Hikari's Five Finger Ergonomic Positioning System.The
most comfortable and stress free position for your hand is when all
four fingers are bent slightly down and the thumb is bent slightly up.
Keeping your thumb slightly bent at the knuckle is critical in avoiding
stress to your thumb, hand, and wrist. Hikari’s Five Finger
Ergonomic Positioning System is designed to keep your hand in this
relaxed and natural position. The handle shank, ring finger hole and
pinky rest are all angled slightly down and the thumb hole is angled
slightly up. Each finger surface is also beautifully sculptured with a
wide surface area. Click here for more information on the Phantom
|2014, Hikari introduces the Phoenix Cosmos, the 2nd scissor to
feature Hikari’s Exclusive Five Finger Ergonomic Positioning System and the first scissor with Patented Negative Ion Producing Sev Technology. |
SEV: A special ionizing compound that is injected
into the Phoenix Molybdenum Cobalt steel creates less friction as the
blades move across each other. The result is extremely smooth cutting
action and less wear on all contact points of the scissor. SEV is a
patented technology that has been used in Japan since 1978. Many high
performance Japanese auto parts feature SEV technology. Hikari is the first and only
scissor manufacturer to incorporate negative ion producing SEV technology.
Click here for more information on the Phoenix Cosmos
any other scissor manufacturer, Hikari is the only company that can
truly look at a scissor from a stylist’s point of view. Being founded
by and still run by hairdressers, we have insight that no other company
has. We have the first hand experience and genuine understanding of the
true benefit a stylist can have from their tools. Our passion for the
beauty industry and demand for perfection continues to drive us to
pursue our founder's dream of creating the ultimate haircutting tools.