Hedge shears Okatsune 231: short handled, long-bladed
Short model hedge shears with short wooden handles of 30 cm, and a long razor-sharp blade of 200 mm. This short, lightweight model is ideal for topiary boxwood or the Japanese garden (o-karikomi), because you are close to the work. Also for pruning in tight spaces the 231 is ideal. The blade of the 231 is 25 mm longer than the blade of the 217 boxwood shears. This has the advantage that you can penetrate deeper into the crop, and cut faster with large surfaces. Okatsune hedge shears are the undisputed number 1 in Japan, the country where pruning has been elevated to an art form. Find out why!> Read more
- Total length: 570 mm
- Handle length: 300 mm
- Blade length: 200 mm
- Lightweight: 807 gr
Okatsune 231 is the pure essence of the hedge shear:
- Razor-sharp, always with a clean cut
- Simple design for optimal ease of use
- Ultra lightweight, and yet particularly robust
Okatsune hedge shears are very user friendly, and a pleasure to use. You will notice that you can very accurately shape your hedge with ease. The handles of Japanese white oak are well-known to absorb vibration, therefore working with these shears will be a very pleasant experience. The combination of the 200 mm long blade, and the handles of 300 mm ensures a perfect balance, and sufficient strength that you need to easily cut the hedge, or prune the branches.
The blades of these Japanese hedge shears (Karikomi Basami) are uniquely forged from the finest IZUMO YASUGI steel, and have a very high Rockwell hardness of 60.0 to 61.0. Therefore, the blades stay sharp for a long time and they consistently give a clean and precise cut in the wood, without giving much effort. Furthermore, Okatsune combines the hardness with a special flexibility, so that the cutting blade always aligns with the counter blade, even after intensive usage. Contrary to the 216 and the 217, where the stopper has been mounted on the left shoulder, the Okatsune 231 has an integrated stopper function.
The blades are very easy to grind with the Okatsune whetstone (Okatsune 412).
Small sized model, medium-bladed
Total length: 570 mm
Handle length: 300 mm
Blade length: 200 mm
Lightweight: 807 gr
A leather sheath for the blade is included.
Blade hardness: 60 – 61 HRD (Rockwell Hardness C-scale)
Izumo Yasugi steel
The shears are constructed from a few components, so that there is hardly any maintenance required. It is recommended to clean the blades after each use. After cleaning it is recommended to oil the shears, and store moisture free with the cutting blades closed. If you notice that the shears are cutting less well, you can grind them using the Okatsune whetstone (Okatsune 412).