- Aug 9, 2017
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Anyone have experience with various blacksmiths /shops eg
OkaTsune, Masamune, Kannenori, Tobisho, etc ?
OkaTsune, Masamune, Kannenori, Tobisho, etc ?
This time I will introduce the two-handed scissors used by me. I use three depending on the tree species to be pruned and the thickness of the branches.By using scissors differently, it is possible to increase work speed, prevent spilling of blades, extend the life of scissors.
Let's start with the first one: Kihachi 300 mm of Kashiwa Masamune
Personally I like the short handle, so I am using the 270 mm Nata pattern. This scissors are mainly for cutting "leaves", such as Maki · Kaiki, Satsuki Azalea · Character Boku etc, I think the leaves are suitable for delicate tree species.
Thanks to a considerably long blade of 300 mm, work efficiency has also been increased to Gun.
Okae 65 short handle
It is a classic Oka-Hen.
This is also a short handle.
It is basically used to trim a slightly thick branch that can not be cut with the above scissors.
It is useful because it is one piece that can be used with grinding and gang gang, and cost performance is also wonderful.
In this Okaedo impossible thick branches are trimmed with this scissors.
Because it is single-edged, thick branches can be cut easily.
I'd recommend it when you want to finish cutting the hedge tightly.
That page with the masamunes is awesome.. haven’t seen that many on one page. Dammit now there’s a couple more I want. I didn’t realize they did a curved blade shear... and the prices are very nice. Gotta figure out a way to order from this vendor.I was digging around and found several articles
that may make useful references for future readers.
First, this article on the handle-types of Karikomi Scissors.
(Explaing pro/con of the 'gate type' vs A frame styles.)
Second, this is a shop with a detailed Masamune catalog listing (in Japan). I found this useful in the sense that they have almost every variation spelled out, iwith different options for steel, handle length, etc in certain models. There are also variations where change the model number for things like polished vs KU finish.
Last but not least, Here is also a complete kit for a crafstman in japan, with something like 10 pairs of one-handed pruning tools, and 6 pairs of two-handed type Karikomi shears (which covers trimming and leaf-cutting)
I guess this is why I was having such a hard time picking one pair from all the options
This was kind of a long post but I thought it might be useful for people doing research as not much in english is available outside of a couple western vendors.
Are you using the hori hori style trowel? Those things are viscous in a good way! I also use some very simple thin carbon trowels that sharpen up really nice. I love the simple Japanese garden stuff and so many of our beloved knife smiths also make these things... chef’s knives have only been around so longLove this thread thanks for the links. Planted plugs of grass in one yard now doing another by same owner. Use a a small Japanese curved sickle to cut mats of grass into plugs and a hand held japan hoe to dig out the hole in prepared soil. Both tools work great.
Like the Japanese carbon hand clippers too use them a lot in my yard.
Hey Keith, those particular shears are just for fresh leaf like boxwood, azalea etc.. , no branches/hard stuff. When the going gets tough the okatsune come out which is always a bummer cause they just don’t feel as good the others..Awesome will you be shaping tree branches with these shears?
Those will be good Keith, they’re workhorses. The steel is a little soft (dents not chips) so give your edges a check every now and then. I got three pair of them a short w/short blade $25, a short w/long blade $35 and a long w/short blade $49 from a place in Oregon a few years ago.. couldn’t believe the prices so I drove down and gave them money!I knew this thread was going to cost me some coin. Ordered Okatsune shears. Figured can use them on my Isora hedge and trimming greenery on a tree trying to shape.
Me too! And yes edge retention is impressive.. actually amazing!I can't recommend Tobisho enough...
It sounds like you have a stunning garden! The form factor does interest me. Im probably going to be doing a lot of weeding later in the year. A narrow profile is perfect for this sort of thing.As mentioned above really like the carbon planter tool similar to one sold at JWW. It is not a wide hoe 2.5" but is a serious digger. 15" handle gives a good swing. Used it to plant grass plugs in three yards including my own. I have quite a bit of red ginger, When the flowers mature they send off shoots. I cut off the flower part bend the stalks over dig a hole with the hoe & plant the young shoots. After about a month when roots are in cut off the bent over stem. Use this hoe for everything.
You are right - the 3# would just be an indulgence! It has the appeal of being good for soft shoots - and possibly even edging grass in hard to get corners. The barracudas would be better suited in pretty much every other scenario!Me too! And yes edge retention is impressive.. actually amazing!
Don’t know what your going to cut with those shears but being that they are the same length I went the barracudas because they can handle a much tougher branch and still do what the #3's do... more workhorsey. If you get them definitely get the holster.. trust me