S-TYPE CLIPPERS - Limited Edition clippers by NIWAKI.
Limited edition garden clippers for snipping, clipping and light pruning. Hand lashed by craftsmen in Sanjo, in the north of Japan, with a single unbroken length of wisteria tendril rattan, they have a lovely warm quality that compliments the hard wearing KA70 carbon steel. The blades are shorter than Topiary Clippers, but longer, and with a bit more clout than regular snips, making them ideal as all-round garden shears.
They come served up in a kiribako Paulownia wood box and make a most excellent gift.
- 8 cm blades
- 22 cm long
- KA70 Carbon Steel
- Paulownia gift box
- Made in Japan
USE & CARE
As a natural material, rattan should be treated a step more carefully than regular secateurs - not bashed about, not left out in the rain overnight (not a good idea, for any tools, incidentally...) and generally looked after. In particular, don't fold the secateur lock catch inside the handle, as this can wear the rattan.
Tools made from carbon steel will, through regular use, stain (and eventually rust) and gradually lose their edge. Caring for them involves two things - keeping them clean, and keeping them sharp.
Keeping them clean:
- scrape off leaf resin and gunk
- if necessary use water to rinse off, then dry thoroughly. There's nothing wrong with a scrubbing brush and washing up liquid.
- rub over with a Crean Mate and Camellia Oil to remove any last gunk
- wipe over with Camellia oil and store in a dry place
Keeping them sharp:
New tools won't need sharpening for some time, but after a while you'll notice them gradually lose their edge. Sharpen Secateurs every couple of weeks.
Japanese steel is hard and sharp, and can be more brittle than some people are used to. It will chip if abused.
Do not cut wire, metal, stone, plastic or any other hard material. Even bamboo fibres and some very hard woods, especially knots and burrs, can damage steel edges.
Do not twist or apply uneven pressure.
CAUTION: Blades chip or crack through misuse or bad luck, neither of which are covered under the warranty.