Made in Sanjo, Japan
Dimensions 8"/20cm, 239g
Colour & Materiality KA70 carbon steel
Drop forged and hand finished in Sanjo in the north of Japan, our ‘double yellows’ are the perfect combination of refined craftsmanship and everyday usability. KA70 carbon steel holds a mean edge, the chunky catch at the bottom and the strong spring gives a reassuringly simple functional feel, and the yellow grips show up when you’ve left them somewhere in the garden (or you can remove them for a more traditional look.)
Perfect for keen gardeners, landscapers and professionals who work their tools hard and need quality and precision in daily use. Jake Hobson's current favourites.
Use for everyday pruning, clean with Crean Mate and Camellia oil, and sharpen with a Niwaki #1000 stone every few weeks. Includes spare spring.
Niwaki means garden tree, but implies far more—Japanese gardens are landscapes, microcosms of nature, and the trees are all shaped to fit into those landscapes. Niwaki was founded by Jake Hobson, who through a thoughtful collection of shears, secateurs, and sickles, has created a strong community of gardeners who appreciate the superb quality of Japanese craftsmanship. Originally trained as a sculptor at The Slade School of Art, Hobson looks to his hedges like a sculptor looks to a block of stone, anticipating the form waiting to reveal itself from under the deep mass of foliage. Beyond his natural skill with shears, it is his unique eye that has given Jake Hobson international acclaim. Shaping shrubs into rolling waves and pines into billows of clouds—these Japanese forms, in harmony amidst the English countryside, are a sight to behold. Read our interview with Jake Hobson in Volume II of MINKA.