Automatic Knife Release Form

You must read and fill out this form before Kai USA, Ltd. can sell to you, or ship to you, any Automatic or Butterfly Knives. By electronically signing this online form, you confirm that you are in compliance with the federal statutes shown below as well as any applicable state and local regulation.

By placing an order or receiving a product service (such as warranty repair service) from us, you agree that you meet any or all of the following criteria:


18 U.S.C. § 1716 (G) (2) (1-4) provides, in summary:

Switchblade (automatic) knives can be shipped to civilian and armed forces supply or procurement officers and employees of the federal government ordering or procuring or purchasing such knives in connection with activities of the Federal government; to supply or procurement officers in the National Guard, the Air National Guard or militia of the state or territory of the District of Columbia ordering, procuring or purchasing such knives in connections with the activities of such organizations; to supply or procurement officers or employees of the municipal government of the District of Columbia or the government of any state or territory of any county, city or other political subdivision of a state or territory ordering, procuring or purchasing such knives in connection with the activities of such government.

15 U.S.C. § 1244 provides, in summary:

Knives can be shipped by common carrier; that sale, transportation or distribution, possession or introduction into interstate commerce of switchblade knives is authorized if it is pursuant to a contract with the armed forces; or, any member or employee thereof acting in the performance of his or her duty may possess switchblade knives and may have them shipped to him and sold to him or her. The possession and transportation upon his or her person of a switchblade knife or a blade 3 inches or less is authorized to any handicapped individual who has the use of only one arm.


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About Us

KASHO - The Symbol of Craftsmanship

KASHO handcrafted Professional Stylist Shears are the crowning achievement of the "shisho", a highly skilled craftsman who proudly engraves his shears with the KASHO mark.

Each pair of KASHO shears reflects impeccable form, finish and function. Today, every pair of KASHO shears is created through careful design and engineering with advanced materials and heat-treatment technology - and the blending of an integrated manufacturing process with skilful workmanship which measures up to the unrelenting standards passed through generations of the Japanese Samurai sword smithies.

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Creating the Future with Cutting Edge Technology

In a history dating back over 100 years, the KAI group, based in Tokyo is renowned for its superbly functional, incisive and durable cutting tools and related products. These traits have positioned KAI’s products among the world’s best. The common denominator- quality and perfection- is based on the centuries-old tradition and culture of the Japanese Samurai sword smithy.

KAI’s product line consists of over 10,000 different items, positioning the KAI group among the leading cutlery manufacturers worldwide.

By expanding its overseas network in various countries in various forms, KAI is promoting globalization in order to contribute to the world as an international company.

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KASHO Shears

KASHO shears feature two different stainless steel alloys in order to meet the high Japanese quality demands for sharpness and material. The combination of different hardness grades means that every pair of shears is perfectly balanced and guarantees that the cutting edge is exceptionally durable. The unique "Ultimate Edge" KASHO shears blades are guaranteed to cut accurately, making them a pleasure to use.

The unique manufacturing process ensures the necessary precision of the concave inner surfaces (hollow ground) and convex outer surfaces of the shear blades. The convex-edged shear blades are characterized by their exceptionally durable cutting edge. These blades are honed to an extremely sharp state with the inner side hollowed to such a point that the blades only touch at the point of intersection. This refined technology ensures superb cutting edge durability, while at the same time reducing cutting edge resistance to a minimum - and thus considerably reducing hand fatigue.

Every pair of KASHO shears is supplied with optimal tension settings. However, these do occasionally need to be checked and readjusted as required, to ensure the durability of the cutting edge and to guarantee ease of use. Most KASHO shears are therefore fitted with a tension adjustable screw for easy re-adjustment. The patented Disc Operation System ensures that the KASHO Millennium and XP Series are always perfectly tensioned.

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KASHO Technology

KASHO Hair Styling Shears are manufactured from a special high-carbon stainless steel alloy, which has superior resistance to corrosion and wear. The steel is variously compounded with Molybdenum, vanadium, cobalt and other elements to achieve state-of-the-art characteristics. KASHO's advanced heat treatment and sub-zero quench techniques assure long-term blade sharpness and durability.

KASHO's unique Ultimate Edge is made possible by its proprietary state-of-the-art manufacturing process that uses sophisticated metal-forming and heat-treating equipment. After hot-forging the steel to the desired shape, the blade is heat-treated in a space age atmospheric chamber. The blade is then triple-tempered to its optimum working hardness using an isothermal process.

The basic purpose of heat-treating is to radically change the molecular structure of the steel, while retaining as many of the original characteristics of the alloy as possible. Because Kasho uses advanced heat-treating technology, the purity of the stainless steel is safeguarded, and the resultant crystalline structure of the Kasho blades is second to none.

Kasho has developed a computerized grinding machine with laser sensors to guide the blade through the hollow grinding process - thus assuring absolute accuracy in shaping the proper curvature of both the inner concave blade surface and the exterior convex surface.Every surface is hand polished to a flawless mirror finish. Top and bottom blades are selected, and then hand-worked until they become a perfect matching set. They are meticulously hand-honed, assembled, and set by a "Shujin" master, in a laborious, time-consuming process and finished to his own exacting standards. Taken together, these elements represent the highest expression of technology and craftsmanship.

Total quality management is your assurance of KASHO's continuing commitment to excellence. KASHO's technical facilities include extensive computer-aided-design and test laboratories, where engineers and designers continuously advance new ideas to improve the materials, dynamics, aesthetics and manufacturing process of KASHO Hair Stylist Shears.