These Okatsune shears are our favourite – they are lightweight, with lovely long blades that balance nicely with the handles, making pruning a pleasure. (To be fair, when is pruning not a pleasure…?)
The steel blades have a hardness of 60-61 HRD, which for the tool buffs amongst you (and there are a lot!) is the blade hardness measured on the Rockwell Hardness C scale.
Japanese shears have far fewer moving parts than a pair of shears you might get from a garden centre in the UK, which means there is less to go wrong with them. They concentrate on the essentials in the Far East – amazing blades, smooth handles, soft action. The clip clip clip noise as the handles meet is such a pleasant sound, up there with the dawn chorus in late spring for us, as it means you are using the shears just right – a smooth and fluid clipping action, gracefully gliding across the hedge or shrub.
This pruning is all made easier with a pair of Japanese shears. Get the whetstone too, to keep them sharp…