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Niwaki Topiary Shears
  1. Niwaki Topiary Shears Short
  2. Niwaki Topiary Shears Long
  3. Niwaki Topiary Shears Long + Sheath
  1. Niwaki Topiary Shears Short
  2. Niwaki Topiary Shears Long
  3. Niwaki Topiary Shears Long + Sheath

Niwaki Topiary Shears
Japanese Shears

If box clipping and topiary is the game, these are the name (does that work?)

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Lovely, refined shears that are ideal for box clipping, topiary and other delicate jobs. Long blades and slender handles give great balance for detailed work, and the blue paper steel is - and stays - lethally sharp.

As with all Japanese shears, simplicity is the key: wood, steel, a few rivets. That’s it. Keep sharp with our Niwaki Stones. If you do a lot of clipping (not hacking) you’ll love the feel of these, but they are not recommended for hedge work.


    When box clipping, dunk the blades in a weak mix of bleach or Jeyes fluid every so often to sterlise and keepthem clean.

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    Niwaki Topiary Shears • Short
    • 853g
    • 580 x 150 x 21mm
    • 224mm blades
    • Aogami Blue Paper steel
    • Japanese White Oak handles
    • Includes Vinyl Sheath
    • 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.

    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.

    My go-to shears for summer clipping - especially box clipping
    Jake H
    Niwaki Topiary Shears
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