A key piece of my basic gardening kit. These Silky Pocketboys are compact and so convenient, fitting neatly and unobtrusively into pockets, pouches, or holsters. It fits neatly into the back sleeve of the Niwaki double holster during winter pruning season.
I carry the 170mm in my Gardener's Toolbelt year-round so I so can deal with small pruning jobs as I go. Eliminates the run back and forth to the truck or the shed. Or the need to haul around your loppers.
This year we’re trying out a couple of new Pocketboys, including this fine-tooth blade. I spied the blue-handled Pocketboys in use at Great Dixter in the UK a couple of years ago - the fine teeth better handle the removal of old, hard wood during renovative pruning. It is also recommended for cutting bamboo and should make our annual thinning of bamboo clumps much easier.
The shorter blade (130mm) fits even more easily in between crowded, congested branches and is extremely useful when pruning old shrubs. It's compact size makes it a breeze to tuck one into a pocket or pouch.
Both sizes have a comfortable, easy-to-grip rubbery handle and a 2-position blade-locking system.
Unlike western saws that cut on the push stroke, Japanese saws cut on the pull so there's less chance of the blade jumping, making for a cleaner/finer cut with a lot less effort.
Each Pocketboy has a colour-coded handle associated with the teeth configuration: black has medium teeth, blue has fine teeth.
Black is for soft wood and most pruning jobs.
Blue is for hard wood & bamboo.
- 170 has a 6.75" (170mm) blade
- 130 has a 5" (130mm) blade
- 17 teeth/inch, 20 teeth/30mm
- cuts on the pull stroke
- flip-lock case with belt clip included
- replacement blades available
- rust-resistant, chrome-plated blade resists the effects of tree resin and easily wipes clean
- made in Japan