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Niwaki Crean Mate


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This is an incredibly useful scouring block for cleaning up secateurs, shears and knives, removing rust and grime. Add a few drops of Camellia Oil to the blade (or water works fine, but you ought to oil later anyway) then use the Crean Mate as you would a rubber. 

It has a fairly rough texture and might scratch polished surfaces, so we suggest testing before use.

66 x 41 x 19mm


Cleaning and caring for your tools:

Japanese steel is hard and sharp and can be more brittle than some people are used to - it will chip if abused.

Do not cut wire, metal, stone, plastic or any other hard material (even bamboo fibres and some very hard woods, especially knots and burrs, can damage steel edges).

Do not twist or apply uneven pressure.

Cut diagonally across branches (not straight across) so you cut along the fibres

Pay attention to our maximum cut dimensions and don't overdo it (shears are not loppers).

Use the base of the blades, not the tips, for heavier cuts.

Remove leaf resin, rust and gunk with a Crean Mate and water.

Dry, wipe over with Camellia oil and store in a dry place.


About Niwaki

Niwaki means garden tree. Not very exciting, but it implies far more than that. Japanese gardens are landscapes, microcosms of nature, and the trees are all shaped to fit into those landscapes - there's an awful lot of artistry and cultural baggage in there too. Jake's written a book on it all, if you're interested. So, the name. Hard to pronounce (ni-whacky) and tricky to remember, but we like it because of its implications.

Niwaki brings the very best in Japanese design and craftsmanship, inspiring gardeners, chefs and craftsmen to do the stuff they love, even better. They source and manufacture an extraordinary range of fine garden and woodworking tools, kitchen knives and outdoor gear, priding themselves not only in the pleasure it brings our customers, but also the knowledge and enthusiasm we share with them.



Japan is an island country in East Asia, located in the northwest Pacific Ocean. It is bordered on the west by the Sea of Japan, and extends from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north toward the East China Sea and Taiwan in the south

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