OKATSUNE shears and scissors

OKATSUNE shears and scissors

From apprentice to master blacksmith

In the 40’s of the last century Tsuneichi Okano, who began his career as a blacksmith apprentice in 1925, established the company Okatsune in Hiroshima, Japan. He derived the word Okatsune from his own name. At the beginning Okano forged a limited supply of top quality shears. This was done in a traditional manner, and following a unique process. Over the years, he gradually expanded the product range, always striving for perfection. He made the handles red / white, a combination that stands out, and is in Japan symbolizing happiness. Almost 70 years later Okatsune is in Japan the undisputed number 1, and his shears are being used all over the world with much pleasure. The product range currently consists of pruning shears, cutting and harvesting shears, hedge shears, Bonsai scissors, and Ikebana scissors for  traditional Japanese floral arrangements. In Europe, Okatsune is exclusively represented by De Wild B.V. from Roosendaal, the Netherlands.

Unique quality

Okatsune’s razor-sharp shears are uniquely forged from the best Izumo Yasugi steel, which is traditionally being used for the Katana swords used by the Samurai. Izumo Yasugi steel is characterized by a high carbon content and is forged by the best master blacksmiths of Japan, using an age-old technology. This process only takes place in the Izumo region, solely using Izumo iron sand. Tsuneichi Okano has managed to industrially produce superior shears that have a very high Rockwell hardness of 60.0 to 61.0 – unrivalled by other brands, through an innovative tempering process. This hardness ensures that the cutting edge remains sharp, slicing easily through wood, and the blades slide smoothly over each other to give an easier cutting action. Soft metal in the core of the blade preserves flexibility, so the cutting blade always aligns with the counter blade, even after intensive usage. This perfection, and unique quality can be recognized by the “singing” of the shears.

Razor-sharp, simple and robust

What do all these technical terms say? In summary, it comes down to three key points:

  • Razor-sharp: Okatsune shears are razor-sharp. This sharpness is created because the steel of the blades has a very high hardness. This hardness keeps the blades sharp for a long time, and always ensures a clean and precise cut. The blade has been grinded in two angles, so it will also smoothly cut through wood. You will notice this by the fact that there is little strength needed for the cutting.  Should the blade lose its sharpness, then the steel - despite the high hardness - can easily be grinded with the Okatsune whetstone.
  • Simple: Okatsune shears only consist of a few parts. This ensures a high stability, and optimal ease of use. The shears are lightweight and require little maintenance.
  • Robust: Okatsune pruning-and hedge shears are real musclemen. You can effortlessly cut through thick branches without having to worry that the shear gives way, or even breaks. Nevertheless, you will find that the shears are very lightweight.

Treat Okatsune shears, with love

Although Okatsune shears are made from the finest steel, they can rust if not properly maintained. We recommend to clean the blades after use. After cleaning, it is wise to oil the shears, and store moisture-free with the cutting blades closed. If you notice that the shear, is cutting less well, you can grind it with the Okatsune whetstone (Okatsune 412).

If you treat your Okatsune shear, with love, you will have a lifelong pleasure!


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KST216 Shrub shears Okatsune 216: short handled, short-bladed

Short model shrub shears with short wooden handles of 30 cm, and a large razor-sharp blade of 145 mm..

160 лв.

KST217 Shrub shears Okatsune 217: short handled, medium-bladed

Short model shrub shears with short wooden handles of 30 cm, and a medium-long razor-sharp blade of ..

170 лв.

KST221Bonsai scissors Okatsune 221: small model

Okatsune 221 are traditional Japanese bonsai scissors suitable for highly accurate forming and maint..

119 лв.

KST222 Ikebana scissors Okatsune 222: Koryu style

Okatsune 222 are Ikebana scissors with traditional round handles designed according to the Koryu sty..

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KST230 Hedge shears Okatsune 230: long handled, long-bladed

Large hedge shears with long wooden handles of 50 cm, and a large razor-sharp blade of 200 mm. The l..

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KST231 Hedge shears Okatsune 231: short handled, long-bladed

Short model hedge shears with short wooden handles of 30 cm, and a long razor-sharp blade of 200 mm...

192 лв.

KST301 Harvest shears Okatsune 301 with curved blade

Okatsune 301 harvest shears are specially designed for harvesting vegetables and fruit. The curved b..

26 лв.

KST412 Whetstone Okatsune 412

Whetstone for grinding of all Okatsune products. We recommend to grind your Okatsune products regula..

28 лв.

ZDGT 12 Japanese cotton work gloves with anti slip

Wearing gloves is a typical Japanese use. The so called ‘Gunte’ are being used in Japan for all kind..

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KST103 Pruners Okatsune 103 general purpose

The Okatsune 103 is the most popular pruner in the range. With its length of 200 mm this model is 20..

96 лв.

KST304 Floral shears Okatsune 304 with long blade suitable for soft stems

The Okatsune 304 are very light and razor-sharp floral shears with long blade (45 mm) specially desi..

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KST104 Pruners Okatsune 104 extra large model

The Okatsune 104 bypass pruners are particularly suitable for the large hand with their length of 21..

106 лв.