Everyday snips for harvesting, cutting back and light pruning in the garden.
Standard issue in Japan, where these are considered the every day, go-to choice for lighter weight pruning, as well as floral use and general cutting back. The big chunky catch at the bottom has a crisp action that’s easy to use, even with cold wet hands or muddy gloves, and the spring is well secured and never accidentally pops out. As with all Japanese snips, these have a simple direct action, resulting in a very clean, efficient cut.
Yellow grips stand out in the garden, and are great for when they end up in the compost heap. Suitable for cuts of up to 5mm, depending on plant type and what you had for breakfast.
Caring For Your Tools
Most Niwaki 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