Niwaki Rattan Secateurs
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Handmade in limited edition batches in Sanjo, Japan, these elegant, functional Rattan Secateurs are forged from S58C carbon steel, a premium, hard-wearing steel that retains its edge well and sharpens easily. The design offers perfect ergonomics of grip and balance for long use. Handles are wrapped with Wisteria rattan that looks beautiful and provides a natural, textured grip that feels great in the hand.
Niwaki Secateurs are presented in a handmade Paulownia box. Known in Japan as Kiribako, these simple wooden boxes are used to store art and treasured objects.
Niwaki founder Jake Hobson is a leading pruning specialist who studied pruning, tree-training, and rootballing at Furukawa Teijuen nursery in Osaka, Japan. 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 a collection of Japanese tools that are made in Japan ranging from tripod ladders and topiary clippers to super sharp secateurs and garden scissors. “What everyone has 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
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.
Note: Wisteria rattan is a natural material and should be treated with care. Do not leave in the rain, and do not fold the secateur lock catch inside the handle, or use with it half out, as this can wear and snag rattan.