Handmade Japanese Garden Pruners

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Product: Handmade Japanese Garden Pruners

These hand-forged steel pruners make light work of unwanted tree saplings, thick brush, and garden vines. The blade is smooth and sharp allowing for a precise shear. Made in Japan.

The level of craftsmanship that goes into Japan’s forging industry is only appropriate when you consider how seriously the task of topiary is taken. In Japan, nursery apprentices aren’t even allowed to go near a blade for ten to fifteen years. They learn through watching the master and earn their crust by picking up fallen tree debris. You might not want to take your pruning that seriously, but there are some things you can do to improve your technique.

Light pruning can be done year round, but the task is made easier during the leafless winter. Broken, dead and deformed branches all have to go. Winterkill takes advantage of extremities such as protruding twigs and branch tips, so keep tabs on the tangle. Look for crossing branches, which often rub bark away and give diseases and insects a way in to the tree. Narrow crotches and branches growing at odds with the direction of the tree also have to go.

  • Dimensions : 2″ (5.8 cm) blade, 8″ (20.32 cm) total length
  • Materials : hand-forged carbon steel
  • Made in : Yamagata Prefecture, Japan