Best Topiary Clippers
The best topiary clippers we have ever come across!
We shied away from these topiary clippers for awhile, instead going for the Greek sheep shears (which are, for what they cost, good value for money) but then Charlotte Molesworth let us try her pair….
and we have never looked back.
But what makes them so special?
Why We Love These Topiary Clips
They are Japanese made, something we hold in high regard. It took us ages to realise we should buy good tools, that by spending a little more at the start you make your life easier.
The Japanese tools we have tried, used and now sell have never let us down so far – the balance is beautiful, they mix lightness and strength and the steel is so good you can actually sharpen them back to factory sharpness…. this is important, because it means you are committing to something with a ‘buy once, buy well’ attitude.
These topiary clippers are not a throwaway item. They are a tool you really will LOVE to use… gardening becomes pure joy and you can’t wait to get up, get out into the sunshine and start your pruning.
This is a view of Charlotte Molesworth’s topiary garden. Amazing shades of green.
What Else Is Different About These Topiary Clippers?
They are not just made in Japan, but are made by Tobisho, makers of just about the best tools you will find. You can tell they are Tobisho made because they are drop forged and have the retro coloured handles.
But these also win out because they have lengthened the blades from a normal topiary clipper – these have the strength of secateurs with the clippiness of… well, clippers. The best clippers.
You can use these just fine on the densest of woods – boxwood, for example. So get to it….
Imagine giving this a tidy up….
The Finer Details
- The steel? Kobe KA-70 Carbon Steel
- The length? 10.5″, or 26.5cm if you prefer
- The blades are 5″, which means 12cm
- The weight? 295g
- Another name for them? Barracuda Topiary Clippers.
Buy them alongside the red and white handled topiary shears.
Caring For Your Clippers
Made from carbon steel, this means that through use they will stain, lose their sharpness and eventually rust. Unless you….
– Scrape off leaf resin. Use water and washing up liquid if necessary, then dry thoroughly.
– Rub over with Camellia Oil if you want to use the traditional Japanese oil to treat them right, or another oil if you have it to hand. This removes any last gunk.
– Wipe over with Camellia oil and store in a dry place.
New tools won’t need sharpening for awhile, but you will notice them gradually lose their edge, especially if you’re box clipping (you need REALLY sharp blades to get a good finish with boxwood).
Use a sharpening stone for best results.
One last note….
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. Blades chip or crack through misuse or bad luck, neither of which, we are sorry to say, are covered under the warranty.
For Topiary Help
You can always ask Darren and Charlotte Molesworth for advice. Just contact them through Modern Mint.
They can also create you something extraordinary. To see what that might be, here is more about Charlotte and her topiary garden….