These are a lightweight and extremely well-balanced pair of snips, with long skinny blades that allow you to get into tight spaces and make precise cuts.
Snips are not as strong as secateurs, they are intended for very light snipping work and soft stems. They are an invaluable tool for deadheading, cut flowers/floristry, harvesting veggies, and I really like using them to cut lengths of twine for staking. In Japan, they are used for needling pines.
The Niwaki GR Pro range has been designed and manufactured in Japan to provide a more readily available alternative to the hard-to-get Tobisho products. Very similar design, size and feel, these are a little lighter than the Tobishos if weight is a concern.
The locking mechanism is very deliberate and easy to use, even with gloves on and only one free hand (push the lock against your hip). This one-handed feature is what makes these snips worth the investment for the professional gardener who uses them frequently.
The yellow handles are easy to find if you put them down in the garden. Keep them locked when not in use so you don't poke yourself with the very pointy, sharp tips.
Niwaki sharpening stones recommended for this model. The steel sharpens easily but they are not suitable for heavy hacking, and definitely not for opening paint cans!
- KA70 carbon steel
- Standard 8"/20cm
- comes with a spare spring