Okatsune hedge shears are very user friendly, and a pleasure to use. Accurately shaping your hedge has never been easier. The handles of Japanese white oak are well-known to absorb vibration, therefore working with these shears will be a very pleasant experience. The combination of the 200 mm long blade, and the handles of 300 mm ensures a perfect balance, and sufficient strength that you need to easily cut the hedge, or prune the branches.
The blades of these Japanese hedge shears (Karikomi Basami) are uniquely forged from the finest IZUMO YASUGI steel, and have a very high Rockwell hardness of 60.0 to 61.0. Therefore, the blades stay sharp for a very long time and they consistently give a clean and precise cut with very little effort. Additionally, Okatsune combines the hardness with a special flexibility, so that the cutting blade always aligns with the counter blade, even after intensive usage. Contrary to the 207 and the 217, where the stopper has been mounted on the left shoulder, the Okatsune 231 has an integrated stopper function.
For sharpening, the blades are very easy to grind with the Okatsune whetstone (Okatsune 412).