In 1987, Utsumi Inc. was founded by Chimaki Utsumi to achieve his vision of becoming the creator of the highest quality shears designed specifically for professional barbers and hair stylists. Prior to the establishment of his own company, Chimaki Utsumi had attained industry wide acclaim as the person behind the world-renowned "Tenyo" barber shears. After founding Utsumi Inc., Mr. Utsumi dedicated his efforts to create his quality shears for all professional appreciations. He was the first in the world to successfully produce professional shears by using a Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) technology. This innovation led to the creation of the next generation of high tech shears under such original brands as U&U, and NOVA. Utsumi shears are completely hand forged in Japan using only the finest Japanese steels and employing traditional Japanese techniques, which have their roots in the long tradition of sword making. The world’s top groomers choose Utsumi for their balance, precision and unique ability to hold a razor edge. Transgroom is proud to become a major European distributor for this prestigious brand of high quality shears.