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    Went Shopping for tools.........

    ......but ended up blowing a large chunk of my tool budget on my lovely wife.....

    Seriously now, I did.

    I met up with a Spanish fellow, from the Oz WW forums, and we went to a place on the outskirts of Tokyo called "Machikan" it is a knife and tool shop.

    They have some incredible tools there, as well as knives and even some old swords (which you need a VERY special license to buy........and a LARGE pile of money).

    While there the young fellow behind the counter gave us a quick demo of Japanese knives..........

    <- YouTube Link

    While we were there, I noticed they had some left handed scissors. My lovely wife is left handed and has always used right handed scissors in her left hand, which, after a while gives her a sore hand. She has wanted a pair of left handed scissors for a long time, but she is too........frugal........ to spend the cash.

    Well they had a VERY nice set of scissors, in fact they would be called shears, hand made by a smith that was one of the best in the land, who, is now gone. His family gave up making left handed scissors after he died, I gather they are not easy to make.

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    What did they cost, they cost me about $300, but they should easily last a lifetime.

    Cheers!
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    Lifetime? I think/hope your kids, kids will be using these

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Bower View Post
    Lifetime? I think/hope your kids, kids will be using these
    Both of my lovely daughters are right handed, like me....... maybe grand kids....
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    Both of my lovely daughters are right handed, like me....... maybe grand kids....
    For $300 I would hope that they would have the good grace to become left-handed

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    Stu, I think I would have one more kid and "force" the left hand to become dominant BTW I hope my wife doesn't see this thread, she's left handed too My daughter, 2yrs, hasn't really made a choice yet.

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    Nice snips, there, Stu!

    Funny thing ... I have never had much issue being a lefty, myself. Then again, about all I ever do left-handed is eat and write. Used to smoke lefty, gave that up. Everything else I do right-handed. Throw, bat, kick, scissors, punch, etc ... I'm a righty trapped in a lefty's body! Somebody help me!
    Jason Beam
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    ......but ended up blowing a large chunk of my tool budget on my lovely wife.....
    That's a wise investment if you ask me.

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    Yes, Alan has the right sentiment.
    Just make sure everyone in the house knows NOT to use Mom's scissors. My Mom's special left handed sewing scissors suddenly became very dull - right about the time her right handed son had a collage project for school.

    Nice score Stu!

    Wes

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    Stu

    You know what they say, when Moma's Happy everybody is Happy!

    I find that the more I encourage my wife to buy good equipment to support her hobbies, the easier it is to justify my purchases!

    Those look wonderful!

    Jay

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