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Japanese Garden Shears 

New model with longer blades!

Lightweight short handle shears for clipping, shaping, cutting hedges and bushes (i.e. box plants).

Handles: ergonomically crafted handles in wood, 300mm
Blades: sharp carbon steel, 185mm

What is the difference between a normal set of garden shears and Japeto garden shears? The answer again comes down to versatility and ease of use. Japanese style garden shears tend to be lighter in weight due to the ergonomically crafted wood handles. A lighter weight of garden shears allows more accuracy in clipping and shaping bushes and hedges such as box plants. The lighter weight allows the user to be able to carry on shaping and clipping for longer as the shears are less tiring to use than heavier equivalents.

The blades are crafted from carbon steel rather than stainless steel. The Japanese have been using carbon steel going back centuries as it really does offer a better ‘cut’ than most stainless steel options. The reason for this is that although carbon steel is harder than stainless steel, it is easier to sharpen. Carbon steel also stays sharper a lot longer than stainless steel. Japanese gardeners have recognised this advantage for years and that is why most Japanese knives and cutting tools are fashioned from carbon steel.

Finally, the sprung opening system for Japeto garden shears is the traditional opening system used on most Japanese garden cutting tools and allows for easy working.

Carbon steel does require an element of maintenance and after cleaning carbon steel it should then be protected with a thin layer of oil. Traditionally Japanese gardeners have used Camellia oil to do this, but for non-traditionalists, a market wide oil lubricant could be used as the function of the oil is to protect and maintain.

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Reviewed on 08/03/2022 by Annabel Stewart


We are glad you are happy with your purchase!
Reply on 08/03/2022 by Japeto

Thank you for the review Annabel, we're glad to hear you are so happy with your new shears!

All Superb
Reviewed on 08/11/2021 by Safia Boot

All superb & great delivery + customer service.

Thank you for your review
Reply on 08/11/2021 by Japeto

We are glad to hear about your satisfaction with our product and customer service, and we shall provide you with this quality as standard.

Reviewed on 17/03/2021 by Lourdes Cooper

Good, very sharp and not too heavy. 

Thank you for the review.
Reply on 17/03/2021 by Japeto

We're glad you're happy with you new shears. We hope you enjoy using them. 

Short Handle Japanese Garden Shears
Reviewed on 18/02/2021 by Florina

Quality product at a reasonable and affordable price. Just received my shears today & have yet to use them but I am sure they will not disappoint.

Thank you for the review!
Reply on 18/02/2021 by Japeto

Thank you for the review. Lets hope you can get out in the garden and use them soon! 

Short Handle Japanese Garden Shears
Reviewed on 17/02/2021 by Florina

Quality product at a reasonable and affordable price. Just received my shears today & have yet to use them but I am sure they will not disappoint.

First time for Japanese tools
Reviewed on 17/02/2021 by Ian Wright

Purchased the Japanese short handle shears the post was great, turned up in 2 days packed really well! The shears are of good quality great feel in the hands balanced well and extremely sharp great item!

Thank you for the review!
Reply on 17/02/2021 by Japeto

Ian, thank you for the lovely words. We hope you enjoy using all your Japeto tools! 

Excellent shears!
Reviewed on 17/11/2020 by Lisa Sams

Japeto garden shears feel really robust to handle but are nice and light. I managed to tackle all the box at thr front of my house and have to say it was a pleasure to do - almost theraputic! Great price too...highly recommend.

New garden shears
Reply on 17/11/2020 by Japeto

Thanks Lisa. We are so happy you like the new model of garden shears. The blades are ever so slightly longer than the previous version at 185mm rather than 150mm which makes a big difference in reach and accessibility.

Short handled shears
Reviewed on 17/06/2019 by Matthew of Oswestry

The quality and speed of service of Japeto is exemplary.  I ordered these shears on one day and they arrived the next and all of their packaging is recyclable with negligible use of plastic which is a must for me.  The short handled shears are bliss to use but take a little getting used to as they are sprung like secateurs.  Once you do you can’t work out how you ever coped without them.  They are so light (but strong) that you can even use them one handed (by sliding your hand closer to the blades) which is very useful if you want to pull away separate stems with one hand whilst clipping them with the other. The oak handles are very effective at absorbing shock which is good for my shoulders after a day of precision hand cutting both sides of a 30m hedge and the carbon steel blades hold a very long lasting edge (just make sure you oil them).  I will continue to recommend this Company and its products to all my horticultural friends and colleagues.

Thank you Matthew
Reply on 17/06/2019 by Japeto

Thanks for such a lovely gardeners review.

Great value and superb quality shears
Reviewed on 05/12/2017 by E M S Macarthy, Wandsworth

Just ordered and had these shears delivered NEXT DAY!!!! Could not believe the price for the quality! They are really light weight probably because of the wood handles i assume. Either way they cut brilliantly - cannot recommend enough!

Garden shears
Reply on 05/12/2017 by Japeto

Thanks for your review Mr Macarthy. We are delighted you are so happy with the Japeto garden shears. we hope you get many happy days gardening from them.

Great products, brilliantly packaged
Reviewed on 30/11/2017 by L Griffiths

I bought a selection of items including the Japeto Grass and herbaceous sickle, shears, hoe and fork, secateurs and the hand held rake. All are brilliantly packaged and all came complete with a lovely black canvas bag each!

Highly recommended.

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Reply on 30/11/2017 by Japeto

Thanks for your kind words. We like to make sure you not only get a great garden product, but that also the experience of receiving it (whether that be you or a lucky recipient as present) is a pleasure.