It is the oil I use when working for clients on their topiary, hedges, roses, fruit trees and wisteria.
Why, In Particular, Should You Use Camellia Oil?
It is the traditional oil used in Japan, made from Camellia oleifera seeds (the Camellia sinensis is the one we get tea from, in case you were wondering….)
I first decided to try using it to combat rust on my tools, and found it was brilliant at helping to clean up the steel on all my pruning tools.
That is one thing about buying good tools – you will enjoy using them so much you will want to look after them properly, whether that is because you fall in love with them or because you feel guilty not doing it!
The Camellia Oil Is Beautiful To Work With…
Because it is:
- Tasteless (so it can be used on kitchen knives, but PLEASE DON’T DRINK IT!)
- Does not leave an ‘oily’ finish
- Helps clean your tools, removing any gunk on the blades from the clipping you do
- Adds a protective coating so the tools won’t rust
Do You Need More Camellia Oil Details?
It comes in a 100ml bottle.
One bottle should last you a long time (unless you are prone to losing things in the garden, as I am…) because you really don’t need to pour a huge amount of oil on the Japanese made blades. The bottle has a dropper top too, so it won’t just pour out uncontrolled and leave you with an empty bottle.
You can use 3 in 1 oil instead, of course (I have a tool mad friend who uses olive oil on his blades. Though I wouldn’t waste that liquid sunshine on tools myself….) but if you have some 3 in 1 in your garage, or left over in a bottle in your shed, I certainly encourage you to use it on this great steel as adding oil is always going to help them last longer.
Camellia oil is the traditional oil but it really is lovely to use.
It just feels right to add it when working with the Japanese pruning tools.
Look after your tools properly and make sure they last you a lifetime, by buying Camellia Oil to keep them rust free and clean.
Or if you need help with your topiary, hedges, roses, fruit trees or wisteria – just ask me for advice and a quote!