Hand forged in Sanjo in the north of Japan, these 'double yellows' set the standard for quality and value. KA70 carbon steel holds a mean edge, the chunky catch at the bottom and the strong spring gives a reassuringly simple functional feel, and the funky yellow grips show up when you've left them somewhere in the garden. Use for every day pruning, clean with Crean Mate and Camellia oil, and sharpen with a Niwaki #1000 stone every few weeks.
- KA70 carbon steel
- spare spring