Explore the Finest Japanese Tools & Artisan Products at Shokunin Store
Shokunin Store specialises in high-quality, artistic and functional products made in Japan. Our unique Japanese artisan products are rarely seen outside Japan. We select products from manufacturers that celebrate the craftsmanship of generations of artisans and focus on quality & design above everything else.
Professional, award winning, Japanese Gardening Tools
Discover our range of award-winning Japanese gardening tools. Crafted with the professional gardener and home enthusiast in mind,
these durable and long-lasting Japanese tools are not only practical but also make incredible gifts that will be treasured for a lifetime.
in the media
Shokuninstore is proud to have featured in several high profile media releases that have celebrated our stunning Japanese artisan products and empowered women in business.
"I love my secateurs. After using these, I can’t go back to what I was using before. I will now recommend those when I get asked."
Product: Hidehisa “Robust” Stainless Steel Secateurs- Saskia Havekes, Glandiflora Sydney
"I have been using them for 4 years and they are still sharp! You’ve got to get one of these if you are serious about floristry or gardening.:
Product: Hidehisa Slim Offset Handle Secateurs “Ergonomic Carbon”- Jessica Eckford-Aguilera Newcastle Food & Flower Markets
"Recently my dear friend and neighbour of 27 years bought me a wonderful gift of your secateurs. They are by far superior to any others I have ever tried. Recently during the floods, the secateurs disappeared and I find I cannot live without them!"
Product: Hidehisa Slim Offset Handle Secateurs “Ergonomic Carbon”Faye Bolton, NSW Australia
- "I received the secateurs today, three days ahead of schedule. They arrived in great condition and just so beautiful I am afraid to ruin them by taking them out in the garden. Wow they are incredibly sharp! Thanks for the great service" (Nhung also bought Pruning Secateurs "Robust Stainless Steel and Handcrafted Garden Knife)
Product: Name Engraved Hidehisa “Bubinga” Wood Handle Inlay SecateursNhung Lam, WA, USA
"I bought this for my shop. It's just the right size and light weight to fit in your hand, and the tip of the blade move smoothly, so we use this for in a wide range of shapes and sizes. It is also well made, so can be used for a long time. Thank you very much!"
Product: Stainless Steel Peeler “Mastery Craft of Tsubame”soramesi bowl shack, Bondi Beach NSW
"At first sight I loved the look but thought they were too light. Turns out I LOVE them. So does my husband. We just used that bread knife at our cover shoot as we had a particularly tricky loaf to deal with. It was a star!!!"
Product: Kasane Bread KnifeKelli Brett, Editor Cuisine Magazine, NZ
Thank you so much for the beautiful secateurs that arrived today. My husband and I saw your program on SBS and he was excited to see your range. The story behind the Japanese art was very interesting and we are happy to support Japan. He has already tried them and cannot believe how fabulous they are compared to all his other ones that he buys. My husband said that one of the features on the secateurs he really is impressed with is the spring. All other makes have a spring that eventually breaks but this one is much stronger. He is already telling all his friends. No comparison! Yours are the best.
Product: Pruning Secateurs “Robust Carbon”Gillian, Springwood QLD
"I have ordered numerous items from Haruna at Shokunin Store. The quality of her products is exceptional and her personal service is second to none. I will always shop here for artisan Japanese goods. Love this store!"
Product: Vintage Silk Cushion CoverOzresponse, QLD, Australia
"I've been using a pair of Hidehisa pruning secateurs for home gardening for around five years now and I love them! They're beautifully designed and still sharp. I prune everything from my mango tree to rose bushes. I highly recommend them to any keen gardener."
Product: Hidehisa “Robust” Stainless Steel Secateurs- Merinda Campbell, Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art
"These are an amazing set of knives. Sharp and lightweight, which is perfect for all day use. The bread knife is my favourite."
Product: Kasane Knife Set (Versatile, Bread & Petty)- Kantaro Okada, Cafe Producer (Le Bajo Milk Bar)
"These Kihachi Garden Shears are *very* comfortable to use and are as sharp as razor! The service is faultless. I am happy to mention quality tools and service whenever I encounter them"
Product: Kihachi Garden Shears with Hollow Ground BladesSteve J. Adelaide South Australia
"The secateurs arrived this morning, and they certainly are beautifully made in Japan. I used them on my lemon tree, and they certainly are the best ones I've ever used👍😃 Cuts super clean, super sharp and very comfortable to use in my hand, I certainly will be taking special care of these secateurs and remembering what not to cut ,cleaning them each time and oiling them as in the instructions you sent me and from your site."
Product: Hidehisa “Walnut” Wood Handle Inlay SecateursMartin Dyson, NZ
"They are beautiful and comfortable. I used to have to sharpen my other secateurs every 3 months but I haven’t maintained these for 5 years. They are still sharp. There is no comparison."
Product: Hidehisa “Robust” Stainless Steel Secateurs & “Topiary” Leaf Shears- Lindsay Warlters, Greenfriends Gardens
"I love the bread knife we bought from Shokunin. I never imagined a knife could be so good. It slices through even the most difficult loaves like butter!"
Product: Kasane Bread KnifeDavid Barda, Sydney Australia
"Thank you so much. I love my tools!"
Product: Hidehisa “Walnut” Secateurs, Floral Scissors “Koryu” High Carbon, Kenshin Branch Roppers- Tanya Buchanan, Belle Magazine
As featured in House & Garden and Belle Magazine
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Premium quality Japanese Tools
Welcome to the Shokunin Store, where quality meets artistry. As an Australian based Japanese online store, we take pride in offering a curated selection of unique and top-notch Japanese products. From our exquisite collection of professional-grade gardening tools to other must-have Japanese tools, we guarantee a level of quality that will make you think twice about using those ordinary tools. Once you try our products, you’ll never look back.
Professional Grade Japanese Gardening Tools
Introducing our top-of-the-line Japanese hand tools that will last a lifetime and stay sharp with zero maintenance. From axes to watering tools, garden shears to kitchen knives, we have everything you need. But that’s not all! We proudly carry a diverse selection of award-winning forged steel secateurs from Toyama Hamono, a legendary Japanese artisan with over 160 years of expertise. These beauties are not just crafted with high-quality steel, but also go through a special forging process to ensure unmatched strength and durability. They’re so gorgeous, they could pass as exhibits in museums. Looking for a unique, handmade gift? Our Walnut Handle Inlay Secateurs are simply stunning and can even be personalized with the name of your choice. Don’t settle for anything less than extraordinary – choose the best tools with unmatched beauty and performance.
Our Japanese tools are backed by a generous two-year warranty and designed to last a lifetime with proper care. Plus, we offer a sharpening service and laser name engraving for a little extra flare.
Floral Scissors for Ikebana Flower Arrangement
Unleash your inner florist master with our premium Japanese florist scissors. These beauties are a hidden gem, straight from the heart of Japan. Made with exquisite precision and crafted from the finest forged steel, these scissors are the epitome of quality. We offer two options: the classic “Koryu” style and the one-of-a-kind “Wasabite” style. Elevate your flower arrangement game with these unique and stunning Japanese Hand tool.
Unique Japanese Homewares
Get your hands on our limited edition, handmade homeware masterpieces! Feast your eyes on our Vintage Woven Silk Celebratory Obi (Kimono) Fabric Cushions and experience the enchanting glow of our custom-made Washi “Chrysanthemum” Paper Art Lamp. These one-of-a-kind artisan items are a must-have for those seeking unique and exquisite décor. Don’t miss out on owning a piece of true craftsmanship – hurry, limited quantities available only at our own Japanese online store!
1. What are common tools used in Japanese culture?
Japanese culture is renowned for its exquisite craftsmanship and attention to detail, and the tools used by artisans play a crucial role in creating these breathtaking works of art. Some the most common tools used are the chisels and saws used in woodworking, such as the Japanese hand plane and the ryoba saw. These tools are designed to create precise cuts and smooth finishes, and are often made with high-quality materials such as carbon steel and blue paper steel. Other common tools used by Japanese artisans include the bamboo knife for weaving and the kogatana, a small knife used for fine detailing.
2. What materials are best to use when making Japanese tools?
Traditional Japanese tools are designed to be durable, efficient, and aesthetically pleasing, so selecting the right materials is crucial. Many Japanese tool makers prefer to use high-carbon steel, which is known for its strength and durability. However, it’s important to balance that with other factors such as rust-resistance and ease of sharpening. Other materials commonly used in Japanese tool making include white steel, blue steel, and laminated steel.
3. What are the main differences between traditional and modern Japanese tools?
Traditional Japanese tools differ from modern ones in several ways. Firstly, traditional tools are made from high-quality tamahagane steel, which is prepared through an intricate process that involves smelting iron sand and charcoal. This results in strong and durable tools with a sharp edge. Modern tools, on the other hand, are made from imported steel and are mass-produced in factories. Traditional tools also feature wooden handles that are crafted to fit comfortably in the hand, with subtle curves that allow for an improved grip. Modern tools often use materials like plastic or rubber, sacrificing the natural aesthetic and tactile feel of wood. Overall, traditional Japanese tools are often seen as superior due to their combination of traditional craftsmanship and high-quality materials.
4. How can I learn to use Japanese tools correctly?
Learning how to use Japanese tools correctly can be an incredibly rewarding experience for any woodworker or handyman. With their unique designs and construction methods, these tools require a different approach and a certain level of finesse to use effectively. One important aspect of using Japanese tools correctly is understanding the concept of “ma” or space. This refers to the space between the tool and the material being worked on and plays an integral role in the precision and effectiveness of the tool. Additionally, it is important to familiarize oneself with the specific techniques and grips used for each tool. While it may take some time to master these techniques, the benefits of using Japanese tools correctly can be seen in the quality of work produced.
5. What is the history behind Japanese tools?
Japanese tools are renowned for their superior quality and exceptional craftsmanship. The roots of these tools can be traced back to ancient Japan, where traditional techniques were honed and perfected over centuries. Initially used for woodworking, these tools were crafted from the finest materials and designed to last for generations. As Japan evolved and became more industrialized, so too did their tool-making techniques. Today, Japanese tools are highly sought after by woodworkers, gardeners, and craftsmen around the world for their precision and durability.