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10 Easy Pieces: Garden Shears

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10 Easy Pieces: Garden Shears

October 18, 2018

Garden shears are an essential tool. Whether you’re shaping a boxwood ball into an ethereal cloud or simply trying to tame the blades of grass alongside a driveway, a sharp pair of long blades is the key to success. Here is a list of our favorite garden shears and trimmers for precision clipping:

Japan-based designer Daisuke Tajika carries on the family tradition started by his great grandfather in 1928. His 13-inch forged steel Long Landscaping Shears are ideal for shaping hedges and cutting through dense growth; $325 from Nalata Nalata.
Above: Japan-based designer Daisuke Tajika carries on the family tradition started by his great grandfather in 1928. His 13-inch forged steel Long Landscaping Shears are ideal for shaping hedges and cutting through dense growth; $325 from Nalata Nalata.
A pair of Forged Hedge Trimmers with beechwood handles have chrome-plated carbon steel blades for extra strength. A serrated edge cuts even a single blade of grass cleanly. A pair of trimmers is €76 from Manufactum.
Above: A pair of Forged Hedge Trimmers with beechwood handles have chrome-plated carbon steel blades for extra strength. A serrated edge cuts even a single blade of grass cleanly. A pair of trimmers is €76 from Manufactum.
From Hiroshima-based Okatsune, “this short, lightweight model is ideal for topiary boxwood or the Japanese garden (o-karikomi), because you are close to the work,” notes the manufacturer. Handles measure 30 centimeters (about 12.8 inches long) and the blades are 175 millimeters (approximately 7 inches long). A pair of Okatsune 217 is €84.95 from Okatsune Europe.
Above: From Hiroshima-based Okatsune, “this short, lightweight model is ideal for topiary boxwood or the Japanese garden (o-karikomi), because you are close to the work,” notes the manufacturer. Handles measure 30 centimeters (about 12.8 inches long) and the blades are 175 millimeters (approximately 7 inches long). A pair of Okatsune 217 is €84.95 from Okatsune Europe.
“Ideal for box clipping, topiary, and other delicate jobs,” says Jake Hobson of Niwaki, a UK-based purveyor of high-quality Japanese garden tools. A pair of  Masanume Shears Short has Aogami Blue Paper Steel blades and white oak handles; £124.17 from Niwaki.
Above: “Ideal for box clipping, topiary, and other delicate jobs,” says Jake Hobson of Niwaki, a UK-based purveyor of high-quality Japanese garden tools. A pair of  Masanume Shears Short has Aogami Blue Paper Steel blades and white oak handles; £124.17 from Niwaki.
From Burgon & Ball, a Precision Shear has an ergonomic design to prevent gardener’s fatigue. A pair is £34.95 from Amazon UK.
Above: From Burgon & Ball, a Precision Shear has an ergonomic design to prevent gardener’s fatigue. A pair is £34.95 from Amazon UK.
A pair of Okatsune Shears No. 60 are ideal for clipping yew and boxwood hedges: “Blades are made of hot hammer-forged Izumo Yasuki Steel, which is used in Japanese swords—giving them maximum sharpness and cutting power.” A pair is $129.69 from Amazon.
Above: A pair of Okatsune Shears No. 60 are ideal for clipping yew and boxwood hedges: “Blades are made of hot hammer-forged Izumo Yasuki Steel, which is used in Japanese swords—giving them maximum sharpness and cutting power.” A pair is $129.69 from Amazon.
From a family-run company based in Germany, Berger Hedge Shears measure 32 inches and have chrome-plated forged aluminum blades to resist rust. A pair is $88 from Terrain.
Above: From a family-run company based in Germany, Berger Hedge Shears measure 32 inches and have chrome-plated forged aluminum blades to resist rust. A pair is $88 from Terrain.
With carbon steel blades and ergonomically designed handles, a pair of Jakoti Hand Shears is the right tool for many jobs: trimming ornamental grasses, deadheading, shaping topiary, and clipping shrubbery. A pair is £29.99 from Handshears.
Above: With carbon steel blades and ergonomically designed handles, a pair of Jakoti Hand Shears is the right tool for many jobs: trimming ornamental grasses, deadheading, shaping topiary, and clipping shrubbery. A pair is £29.99 from Handshears.
A pair of Berger Waved Hedge Shears “feature a self-sharpening design plus a waved shape to keep branches from slipping,” notes retailer Terrain; $68.
Above: A pair of Berger Waved Hedge Shears “feature a self-sharpening design plus a waved shape to keep branches from slipping,” notes retailer Terrain; $68.
With a handle that rotates 90 degrees, a pair of Grass Trim-Shears made in Italy can cut “grass growing right up to the edges” of a path or driveway; $24.30 from Garrett Wade.
Above: With a handle that rotates 90 degrees, a pair of Grass Trim-Shears made in Italy can cut “grass growing right up to the edges” of a path or driveway; $24.30 from Garrett Wade.

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