Pruning Tools

Pruning Tools
In the 1940's Tsuneichi Okano, who began his career as a blacksmith apprentice in 1925, established the Okatsune company in Hiroshima, Japan. He derived the word Okatsune from his own name and at the beginning forged a limited supply of top quality shears. This was done in a traditional manner, and following a unique process.

Over the years Mr Okano gradually expanded the product range, always striving for perfection, and made the handles Red and White (in Japan this symbolizes happiness). And still to this day, his shears are being used all over the world with great pleasure.

Okatsune’s razor-sharp tools are uniquely forged from the best Izumo Yasugi Steel, which has traditionally been used to make Katana swords. 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, and produces blades that will keep their edges longer.

With this steel, Mr Okano managed to produce superior tools that are unrivalled by other brands, through an innovative tempering process. The hardness he achieves 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.

Okatsune's success comes down to 3 key points;
1. Razor Sharp - Okatsune tools 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.
2. Simple - Okatsune tools only consist of a few parts. This ensures a high stability and optimal ease of use. The tools are lightweight and require little maintenance.
3. Robust - Okatsune tools are very robust. You can effortlessly cut through branches without having to worry that the tool will give way or break.

We have selected and tested the following Okatsune products for sale and distribution.

Hedge Shears
Bonsai Scissors
Ikebana Scissors