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Taira Shears
  1. Taira Shears
  2. Taira Shears
  1. Taira Shears
  2. Taira Shears

Taira Shears
Knuckle Dusters

Think you’ve seen it all? Think again.

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Think you’ve seen it all? Think again. Traditionally, Japanese gardeners don’t bother with cushioning or stoppers on their shears - just one more thing to interfere with the beauty and simplicity of the cut. The downside? Bruised knuckles, unless you’re really in the groove. Taira san makes these extraordinarily no-nonsense shears the way he always has, hand laminating the shirogami white paper steel blades, and riveting them to white oak handles. Nothing fancy, but very, very good.

Comes with a heavy duty leather sheath.


    Take your time - they’re not called Knuckle Dusters for nothing.

    More about Taira


    Taira san in his workshop in Sanjo. He’s been working here for 54 years, since he was 14, and has only recently taken on an apprentice, Junya Akiyama, who moved to Sanjo from near Tokyo for the experience. Taira san is one of the few scissor makers remaining who still hand-laminates his steel, working cross legged on the floor of his tiny forge.









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    Taira Shears
    • 1.1kg
    • 200mm blades
    • Shirogami White Paper steel
    • Japanese White Oak handles
    • Made in Sanjo, Japan
    • Includes Leather Sheath
    • In Stock - Available to dispatch worldwide, or to collect
    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.

    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
    Taira Shears