Okatsune Shears

Japanese Shears

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I didn’t know the real pleasure of pruning until I’d wielded Okatsune Shears

Cleve West, The Independent.

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.

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.

  • Simple design
  • Excellent balance for an effortless cut
  • Izumo Yasugi Steel with a Rockwell Hardness of 60.0 - 61.0)
  • Japanese oak handles (Quercus myrsinifolia)
  • Perfect for topiary, box clipping and hedges
  • No.1 choice in Japan for gardeners and landscapers

Niwaki Tip: When clipping box or yew, keep a bucket of water handy, mixed with a dash (5%, no more) of bleach. Dunk the clippers in every so often, and it stops the leaf resin from clogging up the blades. The bleach prevents the spreading of nasty viruses between plants.

Size Model Blade Weight Info
21"  Okatsune №217 8" (20cm) 800g best all rounder
30" Okatsune №205K 8" (20cm) 1000g heavyweight
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