Okatsune 307 thinning shears with short blade suitable for harder (woody) stems
The Okatsune 307 are very light and razor-sharp thinning shears with short blade (1 cm shorter than the 304). The shears have been specially designed to cut through harder (woody) stems as in the cuttings, harvesting, and thinning of vegetables, and fruit. The pointed, extremely thin blades (2.3 mm) ensure that you can reach even the tightest spaces, such as thinning of grapes, pears, or apples.
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The blades of these Japanese thinning shears (Mekiri Basami) are uniquely forged from the finest IZUMO YASUGI steel, and have a very high Rockwell hardness of 60.0 to 61.0. This hardness ensures that the blades stay sharper for longer, and always make a clean and precise cut in the wood. However, soft metal in the core of the blade make the shears tough. This toughness makes sure that the cutting blade always fits well on the counter-blade and does not break, not even under heavy load.
The blade has been grinded in two angles, so it will also smoothly cut through wood, and will not unnecessarily damage the plant. Due to the unique shape of the hollow ground blade the sap flows away from the blade, and the blades will not come apart. The V-shape of the spring ensures that the cutting load is distributed evenly over the length of the spring making for a soft closing action. The Okatsune 307 is not suitable to cut branches.
The shears are constructed from a few components, so that there is little 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).