Okatsune Topiary Shears 216
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Okatsune's 145mm long blade Western Style Hedge Shears are light and easy to use with strong blades and a hardwood handle, and are perfect for Topiary (the horticultural practice of training plants by clipping the foliage and twigs of trees and shrubs to develop and maintain clearly defined shapes) and Nursery work. Highest quality steel blades and razor sharp. Easily adjustable tension. They come with a Leather blade sheath. Without doubt, these are the best hedge shears we have seen.
- Total length: 515 mm
- Handle length: 300 mm
- Blade length: 145 mm
- Lightweight: 740 gr
Short model shrub shears with short wooden handles of 30 cm, and a large razor-sharp blade of 145 mm. This short, extremely lightweight model is ideal for topiary boxwood or the Japanese garden (o-karikomi), because you are close to the work. Also for pruning in tight spaces the 216 is ideal. Okatsune shrub shears are the undisputed number 1 in Japan, the country where pruning has been elevated to an art form.
Okatsune shrub shears are very user friendly, and a pleasure to use. You will notice that you can very accurately shape your hedge with ease. The handles of Japanese white oak are well-known to absorb vibration, therefore working with these shears will be a very pleasant experience. The combination of the 145 mm long blade, and the handles of 300 mm ensures a perfect balance, and sufficient strength that you need to easily cut the hedge, or prune the branches.
The blades of these Japanese shrub shears (Karikomi Basami) are uniquely forged from the finest IZUMO YASUGI steel, and have a very high Rockwell hardness of 60.0 to 61.0. Therefore, the blades stay sharp for a long time and they consistently give a clean and precise cut in the wood, without giving much effort. Furthermore, Okatsune combines the hardness with a special flexibility, so that the cutting blade always aligns with the counter blade, even after intensive usage.
The blades are very easy to grind with the Okatsune whetstone (Okatsune 412).
Japan’s leading manufacturer of pruning and harvesting tools, Okatsune, is based in Hiroshima. Okatsune have been manufacturing sharp and durable cutting tools for over 70 years. Using a precise quenching and tempering process, Okatsune turns high quality steel into blades that test 60 to 61 on the Rockwell C hardness scale. Okatsune harvesting shears are made from special grade forged high carbon steel, precisely heat treated and tempered and precision ground, to produce blades that will keep their edges longer.