Okatsune Japanese Secateurs No. 103 - General Purpose Pruners
"Life changing, so sharp, so well made they have done me prouder than any other make I have owned". Bunny Guinness, The Telegraph.
We'd agree, completely. Before Okatsune, we'd tried all sorts, including Felco, but we'd never, ever go back now. Goodbye over engineered, over fiddly, over priced alternatives.
And it's the same for everybody else we've introduced them to. A bit skeptical at first, maybe, but a few snips later, total converts. We've added a video from YouTube further down - the reviewer covers all the advantages and her enthusiasm is contagious.
Okatsune's razor-sharp secateurs are uniquely forged from the best Izumo Yasugi steel, which is traditionally being used for the Katana swords used by the Samurai.
These simple yet strong secateurs, with their specially engineered blade angle, provide a smooth clean cut without crushing. The cutting blade always aligns with the counter blade, even after intensive use and that, combined with the unique locking/unlocking feature allowing you to open and close the secateurs with one hand, delivers a superb tool well-loved by professional and amateur gardeners alike.
- Most popular model
- Length: 200mm
- General purpose: max. cut diameter: 25mm
- Blade length: 55mm
- Lightweight: 202g
- Optional leather holster with belt loop
How to look after your Okatsune 103s
The 103s 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.
Red and white handles make them harder to lose.
Simple, robust and razor sharp.
A purpose made, leather holster is available to keep them handy and protected - just CLICK HERE.
Voted "Best Buy" by BBC Gardener's World magazine.
No.1 and five stars from The Mail on Sunday too.