Niwaki Crean Mate Rust Eraser & Tool Cleaner
The Japanese solution for keeping your tools clean and rust free.
Oil from the seeds of Camellia oleifera (same family as Camellia and tea) is the traditional Japanese choice for protecting tools from rust: use it when cleaning, and as a regular protective coating. Leaves a lovely deep, non-oily finish, and it’s odourless and tasteless (handy for kitchen knives, but don’t try drinking it.)
Cold pressed Camellia seeds blended with white mineral oil. Not for human consumption
1997. Jake goes to Japan as a wannabe sculptor, to investigate the cultural phenomenon of the cherry blossom season, hanami. There he discovers the gardens, and the trees, and vows to learn more.
Back home in England, he trains as a TEFL teacher, meets Keiko, and drags her back to Japan. Year one is spent teaching, year two working at a traditional plant nursey in a rural part of Osaka, learning all about tree training, pruning and rootballing.
Back home again, Jake gets work at Architectural Plants in Sussex, where he is shocked to find people using FOUR LEGGED LADDERS (Can you imagine?) Brother-in-law Haruyasu is enrolled to ship over a couple of tripod ladders (still going strong today) which together with the robust secateurs and topiary clippers Jake insists on using, cause quite a stir.
And so begins the business.
What everyone starts to appreciate is that although these things are all Japanese, they work just as well in western gardens, and on a whole range of plants. Tripod ladders, it turns out, are just as useful for hedge trimming as they are for pine pruning; and of course topiary clippers work just as well on box topiary as they do on azalea karikomi.
You don’t need to grow bonsai to enjoy these tools.
Inspired by Japanese gardening, Niwaki brings all the innovative tools that go with it. With a range of workwear, gloves, secateurs, shears and the bestselling hori hori knives from Japan all making the considered collection, Niwaki’s wider product edit includes sickles, spades, snips, saws and tool bags, with innovative brand collaborations with the likes of menswear brand Oliver Spencer and more.
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