Ikebana Scissors №213


Okatsune №213 are perfectly balanced Ikebana scissors designed according to the Sogetsu style within Japanese flower arranging. The short, wide blades are strong enough to simply cut through thick branches while at the same time accurate enough for tailored work. Okatsune Ikebana scissors are the undisputed number 1 in Japan

  • Made in Japan
  • Izumo Yasugi steel
  • Rockwell hardness 60.0-61.0
  • Cutting capacity up to 25𝗆𝗆
  • L×W: 167𝗆𝗆 
  • Blade Length: 42𝗆𝗆
  • 160𝚐
  • Pairs with Okatsune's Holster 

The blades of these Japanese Ikebana scissors (Ikebana Basami) are uniquely forged from the finest IZUMO YASUGI steel and have a very high Rockwell hardness of 60.0 to 61.0. 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 hardness with special flexibility so that the cutting blade always aligns with the counter blade and does not break.

The blade has been ground 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 scissors 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 scissors and store moisture free with the cutting blades closed. The blades can very easily be sharpened with the Okatsune whetstone (Okatsune 412).

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Maker Profile


Tsuneichi Okano, who began his career as a blacksmith apprentice in 1925, established the company Okatsune in Hiroshima, Japan. In the beginning Okano forged a limited supply of top quality shears. This was done in a traditional manner, and following a unique process. Over the years, he gradually expanded the product range, always striving for perfection. He painted the handles red / white, in Japan symbolising happiness. Almost 80 years later Okatsune is in Japan the undisputed number 1, and his shears are revered all over the world.

Okatsune’s razor-sharp shears are uniquely forged from the best Izumo Yasugi steel, which is traditionally used for the Katana swords of the Samurai. Izumo Yasugi steel is characterized by a high carbon content and is forged by the best master blacksmiths of Japan, using an age-old technology. This process only takes place in the Izumo region, solely using Izumo iron sand. Tsuneichi Okano has managed to industrially produce superior shears that have a very high Rockwell hardness of 60.0 to 61.0 – unrivalled by other brands, through an innovative tempering process. This hardness ensures that the cutting edge remains sharp, slicing easily through wood, and the blades slide smoothly over each other to give an easier cutting action. Soft metal in the core of the blade preserves flexibility, so the cutting blade always aligns with the counter blade, even after intensive usage. This perfection, and unique quality can be recognized by the “singing” of the shears.

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