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  1. Tobisho A Type Secateurs
  2. Tobisho A Type Secateurs large
  1. Tobisho A Type Secateurs
  2. Tobisho A Type Secateurs large

Tobisho A-Type Secateurs
Japanese Pruners

Over spec’d, and over here.

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Traditional A-Type style pruners from Tobisho, hand-forged from exceptionally high quality Aogami #2 Hitachi Blue Paper Steel laminated to the S45-C handles. Divine. Blue steel in secateurs is unusual - Tobisho’s standard A-types use a YCS Hitachi Steel, but we couldn’t resist ordering a special batch with laminated blue steel blades. They need to be treated rather more carefully - blue steel is harder and more brittle than other steels - but it will take and hold an edge like nothing else. We couldn’t resist them - nor will you. Come with Tobisho red & yellow vinyl grips - these can be removed if you prefer the more traditional look. Check carefully when buying A-Types, as the authentic, Yamagata style uses a cast handle laminated to a finer quality steel blade, rather than the easier single piece method - you’ll see a thin gold band between the two steels, which is the sign of authenticity.


    Watch out with these - as Japanese steels get better, and sharper, so they get more brittle.

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    Large 9"

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    Large 9" + Single Leather Holster

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    Std 8"

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    Std 8" + Single Leather Holster

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    Tobisho A-Type Secateurs • Std 8"
    • 255g
    • 210 x 53 x 19mm
    • 65mm blades
    • Max cut Ø15mm
    • Aogami Blue Paper steel
    • Vinyl Grip handles
    • Made in Yamagata, Japan
    • Includes Spare Spring
    • In Stock - Available to dispatch worldwide, or to collect
    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


    • 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.

    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.

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