Okatsune Japanese Small Secateurs No. 101
"Life changing, so sharp, so well made they have done me prouder than any other make I have owned". Bunny Guinness, The Telegraph.
With its length of 180 mm the Okatsune 101 is the most compact secateur made by Okatsune and suits those with smaller hands.
The blades of this razor-sharp secateurs are forged from the finest Japanese steel (the same steel from which the Katana swords of the Samurai are made), and enable you to effortlessly cut through branches up to 25 mm such as; shrubs, roses, fruit trees and creepers.
Okatsune pruners are the undisputed number 1 in Japan: the country where pruning has been elevated to true art.
- Suitable for the smaller hand
- Length: 180 mm
- General purpose: max. cut diameter: 25 mm
- Blade length: 53 mm
- Lightweight: 177 gr
The Okatsune 101 is a secateur reduced to its sublime basics:
- Razor-sharp, always cutting cleanly
- Simple design for optimal ease of use
- Particularly robust, yet lightweight
The blades of these Japanese secateurs (Sentei Basami) are uniquely forged from the finest IZUMO YASUGI steel, and have a very high Rockwell hardness of 60.0 to 61.0. This means, the blades stay sharp for a long time and they consistently give a clean and precise cut in the wood, without giving much effort. Furthermore, Okatsune combine the hardness with a special flexibility, so that the cutting blade always aligns with the counter blade, even after intensive usage.
The blade has been ground in two angles, so it will smoothly cut through wood and will not unnecessarily damage the plant. Due to the unique shape of the hollow ground blade the sap flows away from the blade, and the blades will not come apart. The V-shape of the spring ensures that the cutting load is distributed evenly over the length of the spring which guarantees a smooth closing.
A purpose made, leather holster is available to keep them handy and protected - just CLICK HERE.
How to look after your Okatsune 101s
The 101s are made from few components, so there's not much you need to do to look after them. A few simple steps will keep them in great condition:
- clean the blades after use
- oil them with a light oil occasionally
- store with blades closed to protect the blades (and you)
- when they lose their edge, sharpen with a whetstone - the Okatsune Whetstone is designed for the job.
TIP No. 1 - to open and close them just hold in your hand and brush the catch against you leg - forwards to unlock, back to lock.
TIP No. 2 - keep the blades clean with a weak bleach/water mixture. We keep some in a spray bottle. Wire wool works wonders at giving them a really good clean or to remove stubborn resin or sap build up.