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Hidehisa Indoor Plant Shears - Small - Black

$75.00 NZD

I'm proud to stock the famous Hidehisa Shears from Toyama Hamono, Japan. Fire forged and made by hand, combining traditional methods of Japanese Sword making, with the precision of modern engineering. Hidehisa have been making shears for over 160 years and gained a reputation throughout Japan for excellence in gardening shears. Since then, Hidehisa have won design and performance awards worldwide, exhibiting at the Chelsea Flower Show in London, adored by plant hobbyists the world over for their design, pleasure of use and performance. 

The Hidehisa Indoor Plant Shears 

These are the small Hidehisa Indoor Plant Shears in Black. There are two sizes in this design. These measure 14cm long by 8cm at the widest point across the handle, with a 6cm blade length. I've always called them 'butterfly shears' after their gorgeous design. 

The perfect size for me (my hand size is in-between small and medium), as I find others are too big and bulky (if your hands are larger, have a look at the same shears in Large). These have an incredibly smooth action. Almost effortless to use. A lovely weight. Only 82 grams. Not heavy by any means, but still with that lovely solidness of quality Japanese Steel.

This model is for indoor plants, general garden use and light pruning, up to 10mm diameter branches. Well suited for close-up, delicate, exact work for indoor plants and floristry. Clean, accurate cuts for trimming and propagation. These are really something extra special. A gift to treasure for a loved one, or to spoil yourself. 

What's in the box


Black, metallic-embossed box, authenticity and care documents, in a protective fabric storage case.

Why are Hidehisa so prized?

Fire forged

Made with Japanese carbon steel (hagane), the same steel used for Japanese swords (katana). In the past, fire forging was heavy labour that required the skill of the master holding a red-heated buillion with gold chopsticks in one hand, gavel or mallet in the other.  Although the form of work has changed in modern blacksmithing, traditional techniques remain. The heating method achieves the degree of perfection and strength expected from a Hidehisa tool. Hidehisa blacksmiths use all 5 senses to achieve this level of perfection.

Hidehisa shears being made


Back sharpened

Traditionally, it is the back of the blade not the surface, that is the heart of the scissors. Hence the term 'cut on the back'. Sharpness of shears is greatly affected by the sharpening of the back, not the front. This method requires skill and experience, passed down from generation to generation.

Balance and design

There's a pure joy that comes from using tools at this level. The ease of use, the smoothness of Hidehisa in action, and perfect balance in the hand, all proof of the skill of the craftsmen.


Reviews for Hidehisa 


"I am a serious gardener. Having the right tool makes any job easier. I've had many different types of pruners and these are the best by far. These pruners are serious business and I recommend them unreservedly. They have maintained their fine edge. A sound tool is a thing of great beauty!" Melissa Chase


"Beautiful craftsmanship! I bought this for my wife so she could have a set at least similar to a pair I have that were given to me by my Japanese grandmother 30 years ago. These were just as well made and I was equally impressed and proud to give them as a gift. Stop buying the cheap crap they sell in the chain stores and wasting your money! Buy the last shears you will ever own!" Craig Landolt


"I waited to replace my inexpensive gardening tools but it was worth every penny to replace with tools from Japan made by companies with integrity. I love tools specifically suited to a job and invented by someone in the know of what it takes to get the job done. They are quality all the way. Highly recommend." Verified Amazon buyer


"These are very well made shears... I'll never buy the cheap quality shears again." @siol 

Correct care


Hidehisa are very sharp, definitely not for use by children, even when supervised. Care should be taken at all times. They are designed for cutting indoor plants, garden plants and flowers to approximately 8mm to 10mm (not for hard wood or thick branches). Start off using your shears on softer, thinner stems first to get familiar with use.

Always wipe clean
 after every use. Store in a dry location, indoors, away from humidity and moisture. Steel tools will rust if stored dirty, wet or in high humidity. If putting away to store, lightly oil before storage (using scissor, knife, sewing machine or blade oil). Never cut wire or plastic with your shears or you may notch or damage the blade edge. Detailed care instructions included with your new shears.

Hand made. Perfectly imperfect. 

Being made by hand, Hidehisa shears have slight differences and imperfections, minor surface marks, dents and blemishes. These in no way impact use, and are a sign of the craftsmen who made your tool. Do not expect machine-made perfection in appearance (just perfection in use).

Shipping and Delivery


Flat rate shipping is $5.50 nationwide (or $9.50 for rural). Add as many products to your order as you like without paying anything extra for shipping. The only exceptions are plants and fragile or oversize products (like handmade pottery and coffee table books), which have their own rates. 

For $2 you can upgrade to signature required. Well worth it for anything valuable or limited edition that can't be replaced. Choosing signature required also gives both of us the ability to claim if anything goes wrong with the courier. Signature required is flat rate $7.50 nationwide (or $12.50 for rural).


Everything showing in stock online, is in stock right here, right now, in Auckland NZ, ready to pack and ship. No drop shipping from other countries. No delays.



Orders ship every week-day, Monday to Friday (except plants which only ship Mondays and Tuesdays). For everything else, if you order before 8pm Sunday through Thursday, your order's likely to be on the courier at 8am first thing, the next morning. Zoom zoom!


Normal delivery is 1 to 2 working days. Some regions can take longer, 3 to 4 working days is normally the longest wait, depending on where you're based (I'm based in Auckland).  

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"Anna was brilliant. Order placed and sent the next day. Received in awesome packaging. Couldn’t ask for more... will definitely use you again and again and again. Highly recommend." Scott Guthrie 

Why choose to buy from Love That Leaf?


When you buy from me you're supporting a local, small, family business. Love That Leaf is a registered NZ business, based in Auckland. 


You'll also get your goodies super fast. Everything showing in stock on the website is right here, in stock, ready to ship to you. I ship daily, Monday to Friday. If you order by 8pm Sunday through Thursday, your order will be normally be on the courier at 8am the next morning. Zoom zoom!


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