Okatsune have been manufacturing sharp and durable cutting tools for over 70 years. They use a precise quenching and tempering process and turn special high grade Japanese carbon steel into razor sharp blades. This process produces blades that keep their edges longer than other tools.
Check out the Okatsune model you have below and ensure you are using it correctly and for what it has been designed for.
O101, O103 and O104 - these secateurs enable you to effortlessly cut through branches up to 25mm such as shrubs, roses, fruit trees and vines. The blade has been ground in two angles, designed not to damage the plant, and will continuously align with the counter blade even after extensive use.
O301 - these short nose curve blade snips have been designed for harvesting vegetables and fruit. The blades are 25mm long which makes them great for working in tight spaces and the curve ends work away from the produce preventing damage.
O304 - these long nose pointed blade snips have been designed for picking flowers and herbs, and deadheading. The pointed blades are 45mm long which makes them great for working in tight spaces but they are not suited for cutting hard (woody) stems or branches.
O306 - these long hose rounded blade snips have been designed for cutting and thinning softer stems. The blades are 45mm long and the round tips prevent damage to fruit and flowers. They are not suited for cutting hard (woody) stems or branches. They are however also great for cutting thin rope and paper.
O307 - these short nose pointed blade snips have been designed to cut through harder (woody) stems. The blades are 35mm long which make them great for cutting, harvesting and thinning vegetables and fruit.
O216 - these hedge shears have 30mm long handles and 145mm long blades which make them great for pruning in tight spaces and are specially designed for topiary boxwood and Japanese type garden work.
O217 - these hedge shears have 30mm long handles and 175mm long blades which make them great for pruning in tight spaces. Having slightly longer blades than the O216 model, has the advantage that you can penetrate deeper into your work and prune faster.
O205 - these hedge shears have 50mm long handles and 175mm long blades which make them great for penetrating deeper into your work and also allows you to cut lower without bending.
O230 - these hedge shears have 50mm long handles and 200mm long blades which make them faster to cut larger surfaces, and great for penetrating deep into your work. They also allow you to cut lower without bending.
O405 - the Okatsune sickle has a 150mm long curved blade and 335mm long handle and is designed for cutting flowers and grass and for weeding.
For more information about looking after and using your Okatsune tools, refer to these great tips and hints...
General Tool Maintenance