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Most of our sharp tools are made from carbon steel - this means they will, through regular use, stain (and eventually rust) and gradually lose their edge. Caring for them involves three things - using them correctly, keeping them clean, and keeping them sharp.

Correct Use:

Japanese steel is hard and sharp, and can be more brittle than some people are used to. It will chip if abused.
- Do not cut wire, metal, stone, plastic or any other hard material. Even bamboo fibres and some very hard woods, especially knots and burrs, can damage steel edges.
- Do not twist or apply uneven pressure.
- Cut diagonally across a branch or twig, not straight across, so you cut along the fibres
- Pay attention to our maximum cut dimensions, and don't overdo it. Shears are not Loppers.

Keeping them clean:

- scrape off leaf resin and gunk
- if necessary use water to rinse off, then dry thoroughly. There's nothing wrong with a scrubbing brush and washing up liquid.
- rub over with a Crean Mate and Camellia Oil to remove any last gunk
- wipe over with Camellia oil and store in a dry place

Keeping them sharp:

New tools won't need sharpening for some time, but after a while you'll notice them gradually lose their edge, especially if you're box clipping (you need REALLY sharp blades to get a good finish with box). Use the Niwaki Sharpening Stones for best results (#1000 grit is best for general sharpening.)

-sharpen Secateurs every couple of weeks
-sharpen Shears and Topiary Clippers EVERY TIME you use them - the difference is amazing


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