Niwaki Protecting Camellia Oil
Oil extracted from the seeds of Camellia oleifera is the traditional Japanese choice for protecting tools from rust: use it when cleaning and as a regular protective coating.
Camellia oil leaves a lovely deep, non-oily finish and it’s odourless and tasteless
- Made from cold-pressed camellia seeds blended with white mineral oil
- Inert, non-toxic and non-flammable
- Also suitable for protecting kitchen knives
As a fledgling business founded on the principles of friendliness, dependability and simplicity, we aim to deal with your order gracefully and efficiently so that you can devote your time to more important things.
Our aim is to process your order within 24 hours of receipt and we expect it to arrive within 3-5 working days under normal circumstances.
Deliveries cost £3 for small, slim items that will slip into an envelope.
Most other deliveries cost £6 for any number of items, so don’t hold back!
Where age verification is required, a special service costing £10 is what we use to keep us all safe and sound.
Deliveries to far-flung UK locations may incur an additional charge.
Should you need to return an item, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org within 14 days of receiving your purchase, providing your name, order number and the reason for your return. We will let you know how to return your item.
Please visit our Delivery & Returns page for more information.
Most Niwaki tools are made from carbon steel. Although wonderfully strong and resilient, the metal will stain, rust and eventually lose its super sharp cutting edge without proper care. Looking after them is easy and will prolong their life no end. Here's how to do it:
- Japanese steel is hard and sharp but it can be more brittle than some people are used to. It will dent and chip if abused. Hence, do not cut wire, metal, stone, plastic or any other hard material. Bamboo fibres and some very hard woods, especially those with knots and burrs, can damage sharp edges
- Cut diagonally across branches, not straight across
- Do not twist or apply uneven pressure as this could damage the blades as well as your wrists and arms
- Pay attention to the maximum cut dimensions recommended. Use a pair of loppers or a pruning saw for more substantial branches
- Use the base of the blades (the parts nearest to the handles) for heavier cuts
- Never put tools away wet. Dry them with a cloth before retiring for the day
- Regularly remove leaf resin, rust and gunk with a Crean Mate (like a pencil eraser for plant sap). Dry, then wipe with camellia oil and store in a dry place
- New tools won’t need sharpening for some time, but after a while you’ll notice them gradually lose their edge, especially if you’re clipping box. Use a Niwaki sharpening stone for best results (#1000 grit is best for general sharpening).
- Sharpen secateurs every couple of weeks
- Sharpen shears and topiary clippers every time you use them and you will notice the difference
Lastly, do put your own safety first and remember you are using a supremely sharp object. Always know where your cutting blades are in relation to your body and take no risks.
For lots more tips and advice on pruning and looking after your precious tools, read my guide: How to Prune Like a Pro.