Scissor Review: Kasho Silver Series Shears

Drumroll please… This is the first installment in a (probably neverending, given my addiction to tools) series of reviews of shears & gears. Well, not actual gears. You know. It just rhymes better that way. $!$# I shoulda hired a ghostwriter for this stuff.

First up:

Kasho Silver Series 6.0″ Offset Shears

Review of Kasho Silver Shears


At first glance:

They’re a little smaller than I was expecting – they’re very dainty, lightweight shears. They actually seem shorter than 6″.

They’re super smooth feeling, like all the Kashos I’ve used. That’s one thing all Kasho shears do very well.

They’re ultra sharp – so sharp I don’t like using them on dry hair. It’s like a razor on dry hair, it can grab and skin the cuticle. Still this sharp even after many months of using them daily.

They aren’t very powerful. Being so lightweight, you aren’t going to get through thick sections with these. If your client has dense hair, you’ll have to take thinner sections.

Not very much power at the tips. If you like to notch cut or “chop” everything, these might not work well for you.

Very precise shears, great for detail work and “precision cutting”. (A term I loathe to use because it almost doesn’t mean anything anymore, but y’all know what I mean.)

Kasho Scissors Review - Silver Shears


The Deets:

The silver series are right below the Green series in the Kasho lineup, and I actually prefer them over Greens (which are a bit fatter, and have a rounder profile). I don’t like a tension knob, it bugs me when I’m putting my shears away or taking them out of their case. These are super slim since they use a tension screw that uses a 2 pronged key to adjust. It’s quality made, I almost never have to readjust it. It’s not a plain old screw, like cheaper shears have.

These shears collect hair less than the rest of my shears do. Probably due to Kasho’s smoothness – everything is really tightly engineered, there’s probably just less space for hair to get stuck in.

I’m not entirely sure what the steel used in these are, since I can’t find out from Kasho directly, but I’ve heard it’s a cobalt alloy and I’m willing to bet it’s VG-10 from the random info I’ve found on the net. VG-10 is a high quality blade steel Kai has used in it’s kitchen knives (Kai, the parent group of Kasho, also makes kitchen knives under the name Shun). It’s got all the good stuff: Chromium, Carbon, Molybdenum, Manganese, and Cobalt. That really doesn’t need to be in this review, but I was bored one day so I started looking up various steels, and dammit, I’m not wasting trivia! (Wootz steel is fascinating btw…)

If anyone knows what steel these shears are made of for sure, let me know!

The design of the handle is fantastic imho. That’s a personal opinion, but I love it – they just feel like I’m not even holding anything.

The edge is convex (of course – not sure, but I think only the Design Master line of shears is semi-convex?), everything is superbly crafted – beautifully polished finish, tiny little hone line, the hollow ground is pretty shallow (which I like – keeps gunk from getting in there).


Where They Sit In My Kit:

I grab these whenever I’m cutting fine hair, or thin hair, or doing any tiny-section precision cutting. If I’m doing thick hair, bigger sections, or dry cutting, I’ll grab different shears.

Their super-sharpness makes them great for slicing wet hair.

Detail work: hairlines, around the ears, fringes, etc.


If These Shears Were A Musician, Who Would They Be?


Prince (Formerly known as The Artist Formerly Know As Prince)

Prince (Formerly known as The Artist Formerly Know As Prince)


The Bottom Line:

Would I recommend them? Yes.

Would I buy them again? Yes.

Was it worth spending a few more bucks for these compared to Blue or Ivory series Kashos? Yes.

These shears vs ______: Different tools for different jobs, see how they feel in your hand, yadda yadda. (That’s like comparing Ginger Spice to Posh Spice. Both have their pluses and minuses!)


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  1. I just got a pair, the shear is okay, I don’t think it has the same smoothness as a blue series one I bought in 1985 though. I find the screw very difficult to adjust. Too much this way or that and you have to do it again and again and again. They are sharp though , thats for sure. Since they are only a week old I think It want to see if I can get my money back. But I do love the off set and the arch in them.

  2. I saw your you tube video and had a question for you regard the sam villa shears. I was looking at pair as do alot of shear over comb work. How are they working out for you? Thanks

    • I’ve since gotten better quality shears for things like slide cutting and point cutting, but the Sam Villa shears are still fantastic for shear over comb – they’re long, they’re heavier than other shears, and very comfortable so you don’t overwork your hands doing scissor over comb a lot. (Which I do, other people cut everything with clippers, then just trim around the ears with shears, but I do a lot with just shears and a comb)
      Hope that helps!

  3. Yea I am by no means an expert but they really just feel great in ur hand and the guy who runs it kiyoshi is really awesome and will answer all ur questions. I actually ordered the acro type k earlier today, I’ll let u kno how they r wen I get them. It wasn’t even that I didn’t like the kashos I just didn’t LOVE them and whenever I had a decent section especially if I was only cutting off maybe 1/4″ to refine a line, they were pushing the hair and not giving me a clean line

      • My answer is pretty simple – do you find the Mizutani’s really heavy and clunky? If they’re thick and heavy, get some Kasho’s. If they just feel normal, good, or lightweight, go Mizutani.
        Personally I think Mizutani is a higher quality shear, but in the $300-$700 range Kasho has some nice thin, lightweight shears and if you really like the feeling of a thin lightweight shear then they’ll work for you!

  4. Hi i’ve been completely obsessed with shears lately spending hours and hours searching the web for reviews and whatnot and I keep coming across your site. Im impressed. Well anyway, I had ordered the Kasho silver series 6″ shears about a month and a half ago and was very impressed at first, the do feel very tightly engineered and well made. But then I bought a pair off mizutani puffins and was absolutely blown away by the cutting feeling they give its like what I always looked for so anyway i decided I’m going to return my kashos and get a similar shear from mizutani called the acro type-k since the puffin is more of a slide/point cutting shear. But just as someone who can closely relate to ur posts(college dropout,hair school at 22, absolutely obsessed with tools and hair) I really think u should check them out! Feel free to email me I like to see a person as enthusiastic about tools as I am lol

    • Man, I’ve been craving a pair of Mizutani’s for ages now! Ever since I found the brand actually!
      I am just too broke to afford a pair right now 🙁
      But they’re definitely on my list!

      • never heard of Mizutani’s, what price range are they. And ps, the $720.00 Kasho blending shears are fantastic.

        • Mizutani is a family owned third generation Japanese shear manufacturing company. I first got involved with the line in the early 90’s. I had never heard of them either, which made me a little dubious because I had been in the beauty business for twenty years, the last 10 years dealing exclusively with shears. Tool freaks have been around forever. I nearly let my ego get in the way of some fantastic tools because after all I (the all knowing one), had not heard of them. I saw some pictures that intrigued me and ordered a catalog. When the catalogue arrived it was a hard cover small book that contained pictures of all of the shears, what each was designed to do, and the story of the Mizutani family and their history in the business. I saw designs unlike anything I had ever seen, as well as tradional scissors, and some futuristic designs by the youngest family member to enter the company. There it was right in front of me, the most complete range of tools I had ever encountered. At that time, their shears retailed from as little as $150.00 to around $ 2500.00 if memory serves. I placed an order for a small variety that ranged from the basic 150.00 shears to around 800.00 or so and stylists loved them as they were way beyond the quality any of us had used at that time. I’m retired now, and just ran across this awesome blog about tools, saw the discussion about the Mizutani shears, and having had some experience in the scissor industry, handling Mizutani tools, wanted to jump into the discussion. Simply put, I wanted to let you know that you can proceed with confidence. As long as you are using the shears for their specific purposes you will be very happy with the performance of the tools and the integrity of the company.