Okatsune Tool Care

Without proper care, steel will lose its sharp cutting edge through regular use. Resins, soil and rust may also build up on your blades. Caring for your tools includes keeping them clean and sharp.


  • rub off built up gunk and rust with an abrasive cleaning block - they work wet or dry
  • clean with soap and water to remove dirt and dry thoroughly to prevent rusting
  • wipe with camellia oil and work it into joints
  • store in a dry place


  • regular sharpening after heavy use will keep your blades in good condition
  • we use a Swiss Istor for on-the-go sharpening, but advise detailed sharpening with the Okatsune whetstone when you can fit it in
  • Sharpen secateurs and snips every one or two weeks depending on frequency of use
  • Sharpen shears and clippers every time you use them for best results

using a whetstone:

  • soak stones in water for 5 minutes before use and keep wet during use
  • with the concave edge of the blade against the convex edge of the stone, move from the pivot toward the tip of the blade, following the curve as you go
  • move back and forth along the whole length of the blade, using as much of the stone as possible
  • turn the secateurs over, and use the flat side of the stone to smooth the burr off the inside of the blade
  • use the convex edge of the stone to clean off the curved edge of the bypass
  • for straight-bladed shears, use the flat side of the stone

general care:

  • japanese steel is hard and sharp, and can be more brittle than some people are used to - it will chip if abused.
  • do not cut wire, metal, stone, plastic, or any other hard material.
  • do not twist or apply uneven pressure.
  • store in a dry place.