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  1. Niwaki Karikomi Shears
  2. Niwaki Karikomi Shears
  3. Niwaki Karikomi Shears
  1. Niwaki Karikomi Shears
  2. Niwaki Karikomi Shears
  3. Niwaki Karikomi Shears

Niwaki Karikomi Shears

For box clippers and topiary fiends everywhere…

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Hand forged in Hyogo Prefecture, our Karikomi Shears have curved blades for the organic contours of cloud pruned topiary and wavy hedges. Absolutely perfect for box balls and larger scale yew clipping - the white paper shirogami steel blades sharpen to an incredible edge, so essential for clean cuts and a tidy finish, but avoid heavier, woody cuts.

Medium length oak handles give good all-over balance and strength, providing a bit of clout where needed, without compromising on precision or lightness of touch.

    • Clean with a Niwaki Crean Mate rust and sap eraser
    • Sharpen with a Niwaki #1000 grit stone
    • Protect with Niwaki Camellia Oil

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    Niwaki Karikomi Shears
    • 855g
    • 240mm blades
    • Shirogami White Paper Steel
    • Japanese White Oak handles
    • In Stock - Available to dispatch worldwide, contact us for showroom stock availability
    Shear Sheath • Long (Strapless)
    • 136g
    • 314 x 70mm
    • 3mm Leather
    • Made in China
    • In Stock - Available to dispatch worldwide, contact us for showroom stock availability

    UK: (excluding Tripod Ladders)

    • Free delivery for orders over £100*
    • £4.00: Royal Mail tracked service - delivered by the postie, can be left in safe place, limited tracking info. Approx 2-5 working days.
    • £7.50: DHL, FedEx, or UPS tracked service typically delivered next working day by 6pm (excluding Sat/Sun and UK Bank Holidays) for orders received before 12pm GMT Mon–Fri (excluding UK Bank Holidays).

    Global: (excluding Tripod Ladders)

    • Free delivery for orders over £/$/€100*
    • Price depends on location - adjust the COUNTRY tab in your basket to see the price.
    • We use DHL, FedEx, or UPS, and we’ll email you the tracking info.

    *Customs fees may apply and are estimated during checkout. Surcharges may apply to some larger or heavier items to some areas.
    * Please note Niwaki are not responsible for any import duty, taxes or fees incurred and these will be will be collected by our courier during customs clearance — For EU countries, when possible DHL will provide an estimate on the order confirmation page.

    Caring For Your Tools

    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…

    1. 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 branches (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)
    • Use the base of the blades, not the tips, for heavier cuts

    2. Keeping Them Clean:

    • Remove leaf resin, rust and gunk with a Crean Mate and water
    • Dry, wipe over with Camellia oil and store in a dry place

    3. 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
    Sharpening Shears and Secateurs

    Our Niwaki Stones work for just about every edged blade:

    • #220: coarse, for rough blades
    • #1000: fine, for regular sharpening - the most useful stone for every day sharpening
    • #3000: super fine, for honing and detailed work

    For Secateurs:

    NB. We strongly advise NOT taking your secateurs apart - they never go back together quite the same.

    • Soak stones in water for a few minutes before use, and keep wet during use
    • Use the concave edge of the stone, moving from the pivot towards the tip of the blade, following the curve as you go
    • FOR STRAIGHT BLADED SHEARS use the flat side of the stone
    • Then back again - back and forth along the whole length of the blade
    • Use as much of the stone as possible, not just the top inch
    • This is a gentle action - don’t use too much pressure
    • Next, turn the secateurs over, and use the flat side of the stone to smooth the burr off the inside of the blade, going slightly over, creating a very fine bevel
    • Use the convex edge of the stone to clean off the curved edge of the bypass
    • Finally, clean and dry the secateurs, and wipe with Camellia Oil