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Jake Hobson clipping at home in Dorset, UK

Jake’s box-clipping guide for beginners

Jake’s box-clipping guide for beginners

READ MORE: It’s that time of year again. If the caterpillars and/or the blight haven’t got your box, it’s time to give it a good tidy-up. Jake talks you through the main steps.

June is here – hooray! – and that means it’s time to clip the box, prune the perennials and generally tame the riotous explosion of green growth in the garden. If you want to do it right, you’re going to need some sharp, clean and – if we may be so bold – Japanese carbon steel tools:

Niwaki GR Pro Topiary Clippers topiary Japanese carbon steel

Niwaki GR Pro Topiary Clippers: hand-held shaping and trimming essentials

Niwaki Topiary Shears • Long

Niwaki Topiary Shears • Long: Jake uses the short-handled versions

Niwaki GR Pro Clippers

Niwaki GR Pro Clippers: shorter and sturdier than our Topiary Clippers, but every bit as handy

Niwaki Garden Shears

Niwaki Garden Shears • Standard: also available with longer handles

Sentei Topiary Clippers

Sentei Topiary Clippers: lean and mean no-nonsense hand-held clippers

Niwaki Karikomi Shears

Niwaki Karikomi Shears: curved blades for elegant, wavy clips and larger box balls

Niwaki Hakari curved blade clippers

Niwaki Hakari Clippers: effortless box ball maintenance with these curved-blade wonders

Masamune Ultra Light Shears

Masamune Ultra Light Shears: featherlight for fine finishes

Niwaki x Cubitts: Mirei spectacle frames

Niwaki x Cubitts: Mirei spectacle frames

Niwaki x Cubitts: Mirei spectacle frames

READ MORE: Niwaki has joined forces with modern spectacle maker Cubitts to create the perfect pair of spectacles for horticultural enthusiasts.

Niwaki Shows and Events Spring Summer 2024


Shows & Events 2024

Summer is here and that means SHOWS – click here to see the calendar.



How to videos & more

How to care for your tools, plus other useful and interesting videos.

At some point, you’re going to need a Niwaki Original Tripod Ladder

Niwaki Tripod Ladders: 3 legs, wide base, no wobble – just what you need when you’re handling shears

Niwaki Sharpening Stone #1000

Niwaki Sharpening Stone: see our “HOW TO” videos (link below) for guidance

Pruning Sheet

Pruning Sheet: makes tidy-up a doddle

Niwaki Leaf Bag

Niwaki Leaf Bag: 125 litre capacity, handy in all seasons

Chiltern Street Team May 2024-1

Niwaki Chiltern Street

Niwaki Showroom at No.7 Chaldicott Barns, Semley Niwaki Showroom No.7 HQ Chaldicott Barns Japanese gardens tools and tripod ladders


Niwaki Gift Vouchers


Gift vouchers

A Niwaki Gift Voucher is a reliable solution to the age old problem of choosing a present.

Weeding Hoe • Right Handed

Weeding Hoe: cuts through weeds like a hot knife through butter

Niwaki Hiyoke Hat • Karashi Yellow

Niwaki Hiyoke Hat: a runaway fave at RHS Chelsea, for sun or rain

Hori Hori with Canvas Sheath

Niwaki Hori Hori + Canvas Sheath: weed, plant, dig, divide, do-it-all tool

Kabu ‘Tokyo Cross’ Seeds Japanese vegetable

Kabu ‘Tokyo Cross’ Seeds: it’s not too late to plant something new

Japanese tripod ladders

Japanese Tripod Ladders

The original and best Japanese Tripod Ladders. Lightweight, finished to a high standard and, most importantly, safe. Three legs and a wide base provide incredible stability, even on slopes and steps. Perfect for hedges, topiary, fruit trees and all other garden and DIY jobs where you need to work safely at height.

Our unique spring-loaded leg pin and platform top step are two of the reasons Niwaki Original Tripod ladders are the professional gardener’s ladder of choice. Try one for yourself and find out what all the fuss is about.

Japanese kitchen knife by Masashi Kobo for Niwaki


Japanese kitchen knives have a reputation for being among the best in the world, but don’t let the hype obscure their practicality. Niwaki stocks knives for all budgets and levels of enthusiasm, from the entry-level Niwaki Mainichi range (Santoku, Gyoto, Nakiri and Petty) which marries Japanese steel with Western-style handles, to the hand-finished-in-a-tiny-Sanjo-workshop majesty of the Masashi Kobo Damascus knives.

Click to browse the whole range, and feel free to give us a call or drop us an email if you would like to know more.

Japanese garden tools secateurs snips holsters and shears topiary clipper on a tripod ladder

Japanese Garden Tools

Whether you’re cloud pruning a Taxus baccata (that’s yew to you), planting bulbs in the window box of a top floor balcony or keeping your houseplants neat and tidy, Niwaki probably has a tool to make the job easier and, dare we say it, a little more pleasurable.

Gardening is held in high-esteem in Japan, and the quality and thoughtful design of our secateurs, pruning saws, spades, shears – everything, really – reflect this. Click to browse the whole range and discover your next “how did I live without that?” tool.

Japanese gear Kojima denim hiyoke hat


All the gear and no idea? Sounds like you need more gear! Over the years, we’ve steadily added to a diverse range of workwear clothing, footwear, bags, Japanese pocket knives and other accessories for you and your tools, all with the common denominators of quality and practicality.

From Metal Tool Boxes to Kojima Indigo Denim Work Trousers, and Takumi Ripstop Work Suits to our ever-popular Niwaki Gardening Gloves, we’re certain you’ll find something that will make your life easier, and maybe a little more stylish to boot (we sell them too - check out the Tabi Work Boots and the Niwaki Rubber Boot). Explore the full range here.