Best Topiary Clippers

  • Best Topiary Clippers

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Master Tobisho makes a limited number. So they sell out fast. Should be available June 5th 2019. Email us if you would like to be kept up to date!

The Best Topiary Clippers I Have Ever Used!

I 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 my mentor Charlotte Molesworth let me try her pair….

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… and I have never looked back! (The above was clipped with shears and secateurs too. Not just these amazing topiary clippers.)

But what makes them so special?

Why I Love These Topiary Clippers

They are Japanese made, something we hold in high regard. It took me ages to realise I should buy good tools, that by spending a little more on a product at the start I will make my life easier and more enjoyable when actually doing the work.

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The Japanese tools I have tried, used and now sell have so far never let me down. The balance is beautiful, they mix lightness with 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 heirloom tools, tools that will be with you for all your gardening days. It is not about a throwaway culture, but looking to own something with a ‘buy once, buy well’ mentality.

Just to reiterate – these topiary clippers are not a throwaway item.

They are a tool you really will love to use in your garden… with these in your shed, you will love the summer pruning of boxwood and yew, getting up early, out into the sunshine and starting your pruning.

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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 Master Tobisho, makers of just about the best gardening tools you will find. You can tell they are Tobisho made because they are drop forged and have the retro coloured handles.

These great topiary clippers also win out because Tobisho has lengthened the blades you get on 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….

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Imagine giving this a tidy up….

The Finer Details Of Our Topiary Clippers

  • The steel? Kobe KA-70 Carbon Steel. Tough & sharp!
  • 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.

Three tools will cover all your topiary needs (just about!) Buy them alongside the red and white handled topiary shears. Then get a whetstone for sharpening.

Caring For Your Topiary Clippers

Made from carbon steel, this means that through lots of use they will stain, lose their sharpness (of course) and eventually rust. But you have bought the best because you see the value in them. So you will treat them well, right? Here is how you look after them….

– Scrape off leaf resin. Use water and washing up liquid if necessary, then dry the blades thoroughly.
– Rub over with Camellia Oil if you want to use the traditional Japanese oil to treat them right, or another oil like 3-in-1 if you have it to hand. This removes any last gunk.
– Wipe over with Camellia oil and store the clippers 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, so sharpen using a sharpening stone for best results.

One Last Note On The Topiary Clippers….

Japanese steel is hard and sharp, and can be more brittle than some people are used to.

It will chip if abused, so 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 some extraordinary topiary, using their topiary clippers and shears from Japan. To see what they have done in the past, take at look at this topiary garden.

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