The blades of these Japanese floral shears (Mekiri Basami) are uniquely forged from the finest IZUMO YASUGI steel and have a very high Rockwell hardness of 59 to 60. 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.
The blade has been grounded on two angles so it will also smoothly cut through wood and will not unnecessarily damage the plant. Due to the unique shape of the hollow ground blade, the sap flows away from the blade and the blades will not come apart. The V-shape of the spring ensures that the cutting load is distributed evenly over the length of the spring making for a soft closing action. The Okatsune 304 is not suitable for cutting hard (woody) stems. For this you would be better to use the Okatsune 307.