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Niwaki Mini Shears


These shears are pure genius and my new favourite tool. They're small enough to be carried around in a bucket or trug and the perfect size for trimming lavender hedges, heathers, herbs and small-scale topiary. Red grippy rubber sleeves ensure they'll neither slip nor get lost in the clippings pile. Compact, light and easy to carry, they will soon become an indispensable addition to your garden armoury.

  • Overall dimensions: 37cm x 14cm x 2.6cm
  • Blade length: 12.5cm
  • Made from Japanese white oak and SK stainless steel
  • Made in Japan
  • 430g
  • Includes vinyl sheath to protect the blades when not in use.

I aim to pick and pack your order within 24 hours of receipt and you should expect your parcel to arrive within 3–5 working days under normal circumstances. Orders placed on a Friday may not be sent until the following Monday. All delivery charges are calculated and displayed at the checkout.

  • If your order can safely be sent in an envelope or small packet, it will be sent by Royal Mail, usually via a tracked service. This doesn't require a signature but does let you know where your parcel is.
  • Larger orders will be sent either with Royal Mail or FedEx depending on weight and contents. Tracking details will be sent via SMS and/or email, if these contacts are provided.
  • Large or heavy items will be sent via FedEx or an equivalent courier with tracking provided.
  • For deliveries to Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man, Channel Islands and international addresses, please drop me a line at letting me know where you are in the world and what you'd like to purchase. I will check the items are allowed to be shipped to your location and get a cost for your approval.

Should you need to return an item, drop me a line at within 14 days of receiving your purchase, providing your name, order number and the reason for your return. I will let you know how to return your item.

Please visit my Delivery & Returns page for more detailed 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.

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Brand Focus


When it comes to making tools for cutting, chopping, snipping or shearing, no one knows their craft better than the Japanese. Niwaki, meaning simply 'garden tree', is a Wiltshire-based company founded by Jake Hobson in 2004. Having learned his craft in an Osaka nursery, Jake returned home with a passion for pruning that’s helped to make Niwaki the leading brand of Japanese tools, ladders, knives and accessories in the country. 

The quality and precision of Niwaki products are legendary, many of them made in small quantities by deeply traditional methods: professional gardeners swear by them. Once you've used a pair of Niwaki snips, secateurs, shears or loppers, you'll never go back to your old cutting tools again.

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