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The cutting-edge of cutting: How Japanese scissors have evolved

Some pairs fit into pencil cases while others slice through iron wiring

Modern-day pairs of scissors have lost that iconic orange-handled design but make the task of cutting -- or getting into a parcel from Amazon -- much easier.

TOKYO -- Inside Tokyo stationery stores, scissors are undergoing a quiet evolution. The familiar tool has become smaller, easier to cut with and multi-functional. Here is a rundown of the latest products.

Scissors go back millennia. An ancient mural in Egypt depicts a pair and, in Greece, some have been excavated from ruins dating back to around 1000 B.C. 

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