Niwaki is more than a brand; it's a celebration of Japanese gardening traditions, craftsmanship, and the beauty of a well-tended garden. Rooted in Japan's rich horticultural heritage, Niwaki offers a curated selection of premium garden tools, from precision shears to hand-forged pruning instruments, designed to enhance your gardening experience.
Niwaki's commitment to quality, authenticity, and sustainability ensures that every product meets the highest standards, reflecting the essence of Japanese garden culture. Beyond tools, Niwaki fosters a community of garden enthusiasts who seek harmony with nature in their outdoor spaces.
Embrace the Niwaki way of life, where gardening becomes a journey of balance, beauty, and tranquility. Join Niwaki in nurturing gardens that reflect the spirit of Japan and enrich lives with nature's wisdom.
Most Niwaki sharp tools are made from carbon steel - this means they may, through regular use, stain (and eventually rust) and gradually lose their edge. Caring for them involves three things...
1. Correct Use:
Japanese steel is hard and sharp, and can be more brittle than some people are used to - it will chip if abused
Do not cut wire, metal, stone, plastic or any other hard material (even bamboo fibres and some very hard woods, especially knots and burrs, can damage steel edges)
Do not twist or apply uneven pressure
Cut diagonally across branches (not straight across) so you cut along the fibres
Pay attention to our maximum cut dimensions, and don’t overdo it (shears are not loppers)
Use the base of the blades, not the tips, for heavier cuts
2. Keeping Them Clean:
Remove leaf resin, rust and gunk with a Crean Mate and water
Dry, wipe over with Camellia oil and store in a dry place 3. Keeping Them Sharp:
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 box clipping (you need REALLY sharp blades to get a good finish with box). Use the Niwaki Sharpening Stones 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 - the difference is amazing
As mentioned, most of our range is dishwasher and microwave safe, except a few ‘Crackle’ glazes, if you’re unsure then drop us an email email@example.com and we’ll be able to advise.