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Okatsune Secateurs
  1. Okatsune Secateurs Standard 103
  2. Okatsune Secateurs Large 104B
  3. Okatsune Secateurs Small 101
  1. Okatsune Secateurs Standard 103
  2. Okatsune Secateurs Large 104B
  3. Okatsune Secateurs Small 101

Okatsune Secateurs
Okatsune No.103 Pruners

Reliable workhorse for the garden.

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Okatsune secateurs are a popular for gardeners in Japan; they’re simple, sharp and strong. Unlike western brands, which rely on cushioning and gearing for a smooth feel, these have a more direct action, resulting in a very clean, efficient cut. The big chunky catch at the bottom has a crisp action that’s easy to use, even with cold wet hands or muddy gloves, and the spring is well secured and never accidentally pops out. Red and white handles? Red shows up in daylight, white at night, for all you nocturnal gardeners. Standard size fits most, while the small model is great for those with smaller hands or as a second pair and for flowers in the house etc. Large size have longer handles giving you more leverage.

Tightening Your Secateurs

Through regular use, Secateurs and Topiary Clippers can work a bit loose. Tightening them is straightforward but there’s a knack…

  • Loosen the hexagonal nut (it’s a locking nut, so you don’t tighten it to tighten the play of the secateurs)
  • Undo the bolt, clean the separate parts - a great opportunity to sharpen really well
  • Rescrew the bolt, and tighten to what feels right. This is how you adjust the play, with the bolt, not the nut
  • Put the locking nut back on

In theory it’s easy but in practice quite tricky, as the nut can seize up - be sure not to slip and scuff it (or your knuckles) with the spanner. If it seems too daunting, select the Sharpening Service and we’ll sort them out for you.

USD / Delivering to United States

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Okatsune Secateurs • Small No.101
  • 183g
  • 182 x 44 x 20mm
  • 40mm blades
  • Max cut Ø10mm
  • Hitachi Carbon steel
  • Vinyl Grip handles
  • Made in Onomichi, Japan
  • Includes Spare Spring
  • In Stock - Available to dispatch worldwide, or to collect
Okatsune Secateurs • Standard No.103
  • 230g
  • 202 x 46 x 21mm
  • 55mm blades
  • Max cut Ø15mm
  • Hitachi Carbon steel
  • Vinyl Grip handles
  • Made in Onomichi, Japan
  • Includes Spare Spring
  • In Stock - Available to dispatch worldwide, or to collect
Okatsune Secateurs • Large No.104B
  • 235g
  • 210 x 47 x 21mm
  • 55mm blades
  • Max cut Ø15mm
  • Hitachi Carbon steel
  • Vinyl Grip handles
  • Made in Onomichi, Japan
  • Includes Spare Spring
  • In Stock - Available to dispatch worldwide, or to collect
Single Holster • Standard
  • 94g
  • 236 x 85 x 26mm
  • 3mm Leather
  • Made in China
  • In Stock - Available to dispatch worldwide, or to collect
Delivery

UK:

  • Free delivery for orders over £100*
  • £4.00: 48 Tracked with Royal Mail - delivered by the postie, can be left in safe place, limited tracking info. Approx 2-4 working days.
  • £7.50: FedEx Tracked service delivered next working day for orders received before 1pm GMT Mon–Fri (ex Bank Holidays).

*Surcharges may apply to some larger or heavier items to some areas.

Global:

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

*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
Life changing
Bunny Guinness, The Telegraph
Okatsune Secateurs
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