Niwaki Garden Shears
£75 + delivery £4
01747 445059 niwaki.com
Contoured white oak cylindrical handles. SK carbon-steel blades. Heavy-duty sheath for blades. Cutting edge 73∕4in (19.5cm). Overall length 211∕2in (55cm). Weight 271∕2oz (780g). Two-year guarantee.
These shears have an appealing simplicity. They feel a little front heavy. Straight wooden handles have no grips and gloved hands can slide around a bit, but they’re ideal for smaller hands. The super-sharp blades slice through heavier material like holly with ease, while the long handles give good reach and help when cutting straight hedges. Blades are excellent on lighter privet and box, and first class for topiary. No bump-stop makes the closing action a bit harsh.
If you like great performance, quality and classic looks, these shears are for you but the price is very steep.
Score 12 /15