Quite extraordinary pruners from Tobisho, hand-forged to order. They are very popular in Japan for apple tree pruning, where the double spring softens the impact of repeated cuts.
The Hiryu differs from all other secateurs with its thinner blade, slightly hollow-ground on the inside, and a slight gap between blade and bypass - creating a finer and cleaner cutting action, which along with the double spring system allows for prolonged use.
There's a nifty reservoir of grease contained within the self tightening bolt system to self-lubricate from the inside. Leather catch at the bottom.
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!
- Hand forged
- Yasuki YCS-3 steel
- 7.5" long (19cm)