Tobisho Barracuda clippers are a bit like a cross between small hedging shears and large secateurs and are used primarily for topiary work. They're especially great for detailed shaping, tight curves and angles, and light touch-ups. The barracuda is tough enough to cut through smaller woody growth and are a perfect tool for renovating old boxwood topiary and hedges.
Same excellent locking mechanism as the secateurs and snips - the clasp at the bottom of the handles is very deliberate and easy to use, even with gloves on, never accidentally engages. The red and yellow handles are easy to find if you put them down in the garden. But don't! You'll want to keep these safe and sound in the Niwaki long holster.
The more brittle steel sharpens easily and holds an edge well but also means that they are not meant for heavy hacking, cutting wire or opening paint cans.
Tobisho pruning tools are the crème de la crème in the Japanese gardening world. They are made in a small family-run factory in Yamagata, an area famous for the quality of its steel. All their tools are drop forged, with great attention to detail - they have incredible weight and balance and are such a pleasure to use!
Tobisho recommends sharpening with the Niwaki sharpening stones. All Tobisho tools come with a spare spring.
- Kobe KA-70 Carbon Steel
- Total length: 10.5" (26.5 cm)
- Blade length: 5" (12 cm)
- Total weight: 10.4 oz (295g)