In Japan Okatsune 214 is very popular with professional gardeners who operate the shears at the front of the handles. By using only the right hand while cutting the gardeners are able to prune the top of the hedge very quickly.
Because you can also use the shears as normal long hedge shears, you have purchased with the 214 actually two shears in one. The very sharp blades, and the leverage of the long wooden handles ensure that you will cut effortlessly through the toughest branches – like old hornbeam, pyracantha or rhododendron. But also for the finer work – like conifers, boxwood and similar – the 214 is very suitable.
Okatsune 214 is the pure essence of the hedge shear:
– Razor-sharp, always with a clean cut
– Simple design for optimal ease of use
– Ultra lightweight, and yet particularly robust
Okatsune hedge shears are very user friendly, and a pleasure to use. You will notice that you can very accurately shape your hedge with ease. 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 175 mm long blade, and the handles of 500 mm ensures a perfect balance, and sufficient strength that you need to easily cut the hedge, or prune the branches. With the 214 hedge trimmer you can well penetrate into the crop, thanks to the long handles but also cut lower without bending.
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 long time and they consistently give a clean and precise cut in the wood, without giving much effort. Furthermore, Okatsune combines the hardness with a special flexibility, so that the cutting blade always aligns with the counter blade, even after intensive usage.
The blades are very easy to grind with the Okatsune whetstone (Okatsune 412).