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 59 to 60. Therefore, the blades stay sharp for a long time and they consistently give a clean and precise cut in the wood, without giving much effort. Furthermore, Okatsune combines the hardness with a special flexibility, so that the cutting blade always aligns with the counter blade, even after intensive usage.
They are very light and razor sharp thinning shears with a short blade, designed to cut through harder (woody) stems as in the cuttings, harvesting and thinning of vegetables and fruit. The pointed, thin blades (2.3mm) ensure you can reach tight spaces such as tinning of grapes, apples, pears and vines.