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Okatsune 21" Shears
  1. Okatsune 21" Shears
  2. Okatsune 30" Shears
  3. Okatsune 30" Shears
  1. Okatsune 21" Shears
  2. Okatsune 30" Shears
  3. Okatsune 30" Shears

Okatsune Shears
Japanese Shears

Great all rounders

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The long blades (8") and wooden handles of these Shears provide perfect balance for detailed topiary work, whilst being tough enough for hedge pruning and more brutal work! Ideal for box clipping, cloud pruning, yew hedges, bay standards, holly dumplings (?) and just about everything else. Not to be confused with the rusty old things at the back of the shed. Beautiful feel, and a very seductive swishy shhnippy sound to them.

Not to be confused with the rusty old things at the back of the shed.

NB. the 205K Long Pair are not stronger than the Standard size. If anything they are weaker, with the longer handles under more stress. They are not loppers and should not be used for hard woody cuts, especially when fully stretched.

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21" No.217Unavailable (ETA 18 Aug): Get Email AlertAdd to Wishlist
21" No.217 + Leather SheathUnavailable (ETA 18 Aug): Get Email AlertAdd to Wishlist
30" Cushion No.205KUnavailable (ETA 31 May 2022): Get Email AlertAdd to Wishlist
30" Cushion No.205K + Leather SheathUnavailable (ETA 31 May 2022): Get Email AlertAdd to Wishlist
Okatsune Shears • 21" No.217
  • 789g
  • 530 x 169 x 27mm
  • 174mm blades
  • Izumo Yasugi steel
  • Japanese White Oak handles
  • Made in Onomichi, Japan
  • Includes Vinyl Sheath
  • Unavailable (ETA 18 Aug)
Okatsune Shears • 30" Cushion No.205K
  • 1.1kg
  • Izumo Yasugi steel
  • Japanese White Oak handles
  • Made in Onomichi, Japan
  • Unavailable (ETA 31 May 2022)
Okatsune Shears • 22 1/2" No.231
  • Izumo Yasugi steel
Shear Sheath • Standard
  • 123g
  • 280 x 72mm
  • 3mm Leather
  • Made in China
  • In Stock - Available to dispatch worldwide, or to collect


  • 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.


  • 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.

Which Shears?

What you want with a pair of shears is a strong, simple action that doesn’t interfere with the job: whether you’re using them as hedge shears, topiary shears or something more sinister.

The simple answer, if you needed to ask, is the Niwaki Garden Shears: they’re perfect for just about everything - great balance for detailed work, tough enough for thrashing away at a hedge and good quality steel that holds its edge well but is forgiving enough if treated unkindly. BUT, they’re not very long. If reach is what you want, look at the 30" Okatsune Shears with the rubber cushioning. They give you extra reach, and more power. Great for hedges and large topiary.

If careful clipping is your game, have a look at the Niwaki Topiary Shears. The long, blue steel blades are finer quality and fantastic to use, but you mustn’t use them for heavy duty work, as the steel is too brittle. Bit like taking the jag off-roading. Sharpen these with our Niwaki Stones and the edge you’ll get is amazing.

Finally, the remarkable Tobisho Shears. Rather like Arsenal of late - sublime, on their day (box clipping in June) but laughable on a wet December evening away to Stoke (cutting back an overgrown Laurel hedge.) Nice length, great steel, heavenly balance. Not for everyone, obviously, but try them, and they could well be for you!

One more thing: keep them clean and keep them sharp.

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
I didn’t know the real pleasure of pruning until I’d wielded Okatsune Shears
Cleve West, The Independent
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