Tobisho Barracuda clippers are used primarily for topiary work, they're great for detailed, tight shaping or light touch-ups. Bit like a cross between tiny shears and large secateurs. The barracuda is tough enough to cut through smaller woody growth and are a perfect tool for renovating old boxwood topiary.
Tobisho pruning tools are the creme de la creme in the Japanese gardening world. They are made in a small family-run factory in Yamagata; production is limited and, because they are exceptionally well-made and such a pleasure to use, they are very difficult to get hold of! Only a few available, if you want them, don't wait!
The locking mechanism (the clasp at the bottom of the handles) is very deliberate and easy to use, even with gloves on. The lock 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 or opening paint cans.
Tobisho recommends sharpening with the Niwaki sharpening stones.
- Kobe KA-70 Carbon Steel
- 10.5" long (26.5cm)
- 5" blades (12cm)
- spare spring