Japanese Shears Okatsune No. 217

Japanese Shears Okatsune No. 217


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Okatsune is the number one choice for professional gardeners and landscapers in Japan – simple, sharp and strong. Unlike Western brands, which rely on cushioning and gearing for a smooth feel, these shears have a more direct action, resulting in a very clean, efficient cut. These are the best all-round garden shears, the number one choice in japan.

They are simply designed, with excellent balance for an effortless cut. The 21-inch short model has a beautiful feel, with a seductive swishy shhnippy sound to the long blades. These wooden handled shears are perfectly balanced for detailed topiary work, whilst being tough enough for hedge pruning. Ideal for box clipping, cloud pruning, yew hedges, bay standards, holly dumplings and just about everything else. They are not, however, loppers, and should not be used for hard woody cuts, especially when fully stretched.

Made from Izumo Yasugi steel with a Rockwell Hardness of 60.0 - 61.0 (hence the number on the holster), the handles are made from Japanese oak (Quercus myrsinifolia). Why the red and white tipped handles? Red shows up in daylight and white in the dark. Clever!

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Supplied with a black leather sheath.

Dimensions: L:57cm, W:16.5; Blade L:20cm from rivet (cutting blade L:17.5cm)

Weight: 800g

Care: When clipping, especially 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 (or use Jeyes fluid) prevents the spreading of nasty viruses between plants.