Kenzan Naoshi is the Japanese word for this tool. It is used to straighten bent pins in the kenzan (pin frog) when they are forced out of alignment by particularly tough woody materials used in an arrangement.
Kenzan, litterally "sword mountain", is the Japanese term used to refer to a "needle point holder" or "pin frog". The Kenzan is used to hold flowers and other plant materials in place when making an arrangement. The plant materials are cut at an angle using the hasami (shears), then inserted into the pins for placement. Kenzan are available in many different sizes, shapes, weights and needle sizes.
Hasami is the Japanese word that refers to a type of scissors or shears used in ikebana to trim and cut plant materials. They are very sturdy and sharp making them ideal for cutting woody shrubs and branches.
The word ikebana comes from the two Japanese words ike from the word ikeru meaning "to make live" and bana from the word hana meaning "flowers." The best english translation may be "making flowers come alive."
This new "Rikka" style container has just been added to the web store inventory. It is 5.5 lbs, 10" tall and 10 1/2" in diameter. A more traditional shape, made from the "Cassius Black" claybody I mentioned in a previous post. With a dry matte, rust red glaze on the outer surface, this container is most suitable for Seika/Shoka, as well as Rikka designs.