From pruning shrubs to deadheading flowers, secateurs (or hand pruners) are an essential piece of kit for keeping your garden ship-shape. But not all pruners were created equal. The perfect snippers are solid but light, easy to handle, super-sharp and easy to clean. Here are a handful of our favourites…
1. Spear & Jacksons ‘Kew Gardens’ Razorsharp Bypass Secateur
A great gift for the serious gardener in your life, these bypass secateurs from Spear & Jackson's Kew Gardens Collection have a coated blade for keeping rust at bay and promoting a smooth, clean cut. They also feature a stepped locking catch so you can adjust them for wide or narrow cutting, as well as an auto-rotating handle to minimise strain and fatigue and a non-slip soft grip for comfort.
2. Felco No2
If you’re looking for great value for money, you can’t go wrong with the original Swiss-made secateurs from Felco: strong yet lightweight and built to last. With solid but soft ergonomic handles forged from light aluminium alloy, and hardened steel blades, they’re great for both light and heavier pruning – and fully adjustable to give you the best cut for the job.
3. Wolf Garten
If you want to know you’re getting something tried and tested, grab yourself a pair of Wolf Garten pruners. All their secateurs are tested for up to 100,000 cuts to ensure optimum performance, even after years of cutting. The general purpose bypass secateurs are suitable for both left and right handed use and ideal for delicate and precise pruning – and a mere snip at £15.99.
4. Burgon & Ball
You know you’re in safe hands with Burgon & Ball as all of their secateurs are endorsed by the RHS. Their anvil secateurs are perfect for the rapid removal of old and dead wood and have a high carbon steel blade for lasting sharpness. Not only does the bright orange handle look great, it also means you won’t be in danger of losing it in a pile of clippings.
5. Tobisho secateurs
Drop forged, deep in the mountains of Yamagata, from amazing high carbon steel, these secateurs combine a beautifully refined balance with a smooth, razor-sharp cut. And if that wasn’t enough of a sell – Monty Don rates them as one of the world’s best gardening tools.
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