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Object of Desire: Japanese Flower Shears at Food52

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Object of Desire: Japanese Flower Shears at Food52

June 6, 2016

Perhaps you’ve noticed that many of the gazillion items for sale in Food52’s shop appear to have nothing to do with food. Or cooking. Or kitchens in general. (We too have been puzzled by the Antique Horn & Wood Acoustic Amplifier—can you perhaps poach a chicken in the horn?)

A natural byproduct of spending many hours wandering around in Food52’s online flea market in an attempt to make sense of the offerings (Linen Spa Robe—why?) is to stumble upon an item you did not know existed, do not need, and suddenly believe you cannot live without. Hello, Contemporary Japanese Shears.

Photography via Food52.

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Above: Designed by Japan-based Hagino Mitsunobu, the Contemporary Japanese Shears ($61) are meant to lure you into the garden: “Japan is said to be a country with the lowest demand for flowers among advanced countries. Using these scissors, you can cut a flower in your garden and decorate your room with it. This tool will let you realize the value of casually putting flowers in your room and enjoying rich life,” notes Mitsunobu.

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Above: Constructed of stainless steel and coated to resist acids and solvents, the shears are 7.5 inches long and have a matte black finish.

(At $679, the Mid-Century Modern Dog Bed is a harder sell.)

See more of our favorite clippers at 10 Easy Pieces: Garden Shears, Pruners, and Trimmers.

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