21.09.2023 - 10:21 / gardenersworld.com
Japanese garden tools are known for their quality and precision and can be a reliable addition to your gardening toolkit. Japanese-style tools and brands often stand out when our experts review gardening products, and they are often scored highly for their performance.
From the Niwaki Golden Spade and Niwaki Mainichi Secateurs to the Okatsune Bypass Secateurs, Japanese tools can often be trusted as reliable additions to your gardening tool arsenal.
As well as these familiar gardening tools, there are also a number of highly useful but perhaps less immediately recognisable garden tools which are traditionally Japanese.
In our guide to Japanese gardening tools, we explain the use of a range of Japanese hand tools including what you might need them for, what to look out for when choosing your own and some suggested products to consider when you’re ready to buy.
Whether you’re ready to prune, weed or get planting, there’s a Japanese garden tool designed to do just that. For more garden tool reviews, read our guides to the best garden hand trowels and best secateurs.The best Japanese garden tools in 2023
Explore our list below to discover the benefits of a variety of Japanese gardening kit:Sickle
Traditionally used for harvesting, the sharp, curved blade of a sickle makes light work of weeding and clearing your plot. The Japanese version of this tool, often referred to as a rice sickle, is especially useful for garden tidying and trimming jobs.
This Niwaki Sickle has a single-bevelled Yasugi White Paper Steel blade that is nimble and accurate for cutting back ornamental grasses, yet sturdy enough to tackle tougher challenges like brambles. The handle is crafted from poplar wood for a comfortable grip.
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When it comes to pruning season, trimming and shaping trees and shrubs with thick, woody growth can feel like a daunting task. While your secateurs and other essential gardening tools may not be up to the task, a strong pair of anvil garden loppers is more than capable of tackling tougher trimming jobs. Used with with both hands their long handles make them ideal for cutting branches up to 50mm thick and if you’re pruning dense dead wood, then a pair of loppers with an anvil blade is the tool for you. Cuts are made as the top blade slices through the wood onto the flat anvil base. They can crush stems as they cut and although bypass blades make cleaner, more precise cuts, anvil blades have greater force. They are ideal for clearing dead branches and making the first cut on thick branches before removing them cleanly with bypass loppers or a saw. Loppers are available with telescopic handles that extend for greater reach and most have an additional cutting mechanism to help you cut thicker wood with less effort, helpful for those with less strength and for very tough wood.
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