In a nutshell

These deceptively simple, robust secateurs are the No.1 choice for professional gardeners in Japan and are a BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine Best Buy winner. Well made, sharp and strong, they're easy to use and long lasting.

What we tested

  • Handling
    A star rating of 5.0 out of 5.
  • Cutting
    A star rating of 5.0 out of 5.
  • Maintenance
    A star rating of 4.0 out of 5.
  • Value for money
    A star rating of 5.0 out of 5.
Overall Rating
A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.


  • Reassuringly robust, well balanced and comfortable in the hand
  • Cutting easy thanks to the very sharp, strong blade that stays sharp for a long time


  • Chunky safety catch is at the base and needs two hands to engage (although with practice you can use the side of your leg!)
  • The bolt for dismantling and maintenance is stiff.

Secateurs-Buyer's Guide video

What are Okatsune 103 secateurs like to use?

Simple secateurs with few parts or gimmicks, these rely on the strength and sharpness of the blade to make cutting easy and effortless. Ideal for all pruning jobs, including heavy duty jobs, cutting consistently well. Safety catch needs two hands or can be opened and closed by brushing it against your leg. It dan be folded out of the way when the secateurs are in use.

They are hard to lose with the red and white handles helping them to show up amongst clippings – red stands out during the day, white in the evenings!

Are Okatsune 103 secateurs good value for money?

At the higher end of the price scale but not as expensive as some we tested and our highest scoring pair.

Who are Okatsune 103 secateurs most useful for?

Useful for all gardeners both amateur and professional and come in three different sizes to suit medium, large and small sized hands.

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Product Specifications

NameOkatsune 103 Bypass Secateurs
Model103 Bypass Secateurs
Secateur typeBypass
Hand orientationRight-handed
Maximum cut diameter25mm
Blade materialHardened steel
Safety catchYes
Green highlights