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Niwaki blacksmith at work

Alchemy in Niigata

Watch: Hand made in Japan

In amongst the madness of 2021, Soeda-san took a trip to Niigata to document a few of the craftspeople (and, in some cases, their grannies and their cats) whose expertise sets Niwaki products apart from the crowd. Gain an insight into how the raw materials are forged, hammered, sharpened and polished into finished products. It’s physical, messy, sometimes dangerous work, that, to the untrained eye, approaches a magical process. We hope you’ll agree the end results make it all worth while, and what’s more, it’s fascinating to watch.

Niwaki GR Pro Secateurs • Right Handed

Niwaki GR Pro Secateurs: hard-wearing and robust

Camellia Oil + Oil Dispenser

Clean, well-oiled blades last longer

Niwaki Shumatsu Secateurs

Niwaki Shumatsu Secateurs

Golden Spade • Standard

Golden Spade: strong, sharp and surprisingly light

Ginkgo biloba

Tokyo Ginkgo and etymological musings

Tokyo Ginkgo and etymological musings

Do not adjust your monitor: what you are seeing is indeed a faithful representation of the luminance and colour of the majestic Ginkgo biloba trees in late November and early December, shot just last week by Soeda – our man with a cam in Japan.

Soeda headed down to Meiji Jingu Gaien avenue in Tokyo to join in with the fun. In recent years, the annual turning of the leaves has developed into a mini festival, with street-food vendors setting up shop nearby to cater to the visting dendro/chromophiles.

Niwaki Bento oblong

Practical portage for peckish persons, in two sizes

Woolly Hat • Nezumi Grey

Japanese styling, Guernsey woollen know-how

Niwaki Mainichi Knife • Nakiri

Niwaki Mainichi Nakiri: ideal for vegetable prep and more

Nizyu Kano Ruckack • Goma Black

Niwaki Nizyū Kanō Rucksack in Goma Black

Niwaki Tripod Ladders   the original tripod ladders from Japan

Niwaki Tripod Ladders at Mapperton House

See the full range of Niwaki Tripod Ladders

Perfect for hedges, topiary, fruit trees and all other garden and DIY jobs where you need to work safely at height. The three legs and wide base provide incredible stability, even on slopes and steps.

Sora Botanical Garden Project

From The Essentials Page

Niwaki Shokunin Leather Tool Bag

Niwaki Shokunin Tool Bag

Niwaki S Type Hori Hori • Lifestyle 1

Niwaki S-Type & S-Type Mini Hori Hori

Niwaki Rubber Boots

Niwaki Rubber Boots

Niwaki Winter Gloves

Niwaki Winter Gloves

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Niwaki Chiltern Street, London W1 is Open!

Niwaki Chiltern Street is open!

On a clear, bright September morning, with the sun just warming the red bricks and stucco Neptune gargoyles of the handsome mansion block across the road, Niwaki Chiltern Street officially opened its doors to gardening aficionados, seekers of considered tools and accessories, denim freaks, and anyone else drawn in by sheer elegance of the Jones Neville-crafted wood, glass and felt interior. We hope you will pay us a visit soon, if not today, to see the shop for yourself – we’re bursting with pride and can’t wait to show you around – but in the meantime, please let us whet your appetite with some information about how to find us and what to expect.