Niwaki Rattan Snips
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With a soft spring, an easy leather catch, and comfortable handles wrapped in wisteria rattan, these fine garden snips are ideal for cutting flowers and also work as desk scissors. Handcrafted by artisans in Sanjo, Japan, they’re made from a hard, super sharp Japanese carbon steel S58C.
Niwaki founder Jake Hobson is a leading pruning specialist who studied pruning, tree-training, and rootballing at Furukawa Teijuen nursery in Osaka. The owner of a tree farm in Dorset, England, Jake founded Niwaki to bring Japanese techniques he’d mastered to Western gardens. He also introduced an expansive collection of Japanese tools ranging from tripod ladders and topiary clippers to super sharp secateurs and garden scissors. “What everyone appreciated is that although these things are all Japanese, they work just as well in western gardens, and on a whole range of plants,” says Jake. “Tripod ladders, it turns out, are just as useful for hedge trimming as they are for pine pruning; and of course, topiary clippers work just as well on box topiary as they do on azalea karikomi.”
Material: S58C Carbon steel, Wisteria Rattan handles
Made in Japan
Use and Care:
Most of Niwaki’s 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. Use correctly: 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 fibers and certain very hard woods, especially the 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 fibers. Remember, shears are not loppers. Please pay attention to maximum cut dimensions. Use the base of the blades, not the tips, for heavier cuts.
2. Keep clean: Remove leaf resin, rust, and gunk with a Crean Mate Rust Eraser, available at Bloomist here.
3. Dry, wipe, and store in a dry place.
Dimensions: 7.5” x 1.65” x 0.6”