ISSUE 64  |  Loft Living

10 Easy Pieces: Garden Pruners

March 20, 2013 1:00 PM

BY Alexa Hotz

When we interviewed expert gardeners on their favorite pruners, it inspired us to do a roundup of options at different points along the pricing spectrum. Below are ten options–some made of aluminum for simple maintenance projects and others from hand forged carbon steel for tackling seriously thick branches.

Read more from 5 Favorites: Pruners and after you’ve selected your pruners, consider these 5 tool sharpeners for proper upkeep.

Above: The Stainless Steel Secateur measures 7.5 inches long and features an ash wood handle for $24 NZD from Father Rabbit.

Above: Hand-forged Japanese Pruners provide a clean cut to allow the most surface area possible at the end of a stem; $98 from Kaufmann Mercantile. For more Japanese garden tools, see Tools of the Trade.

Above: The Flexrake LRB39 Aluminum Bypass Pruner is made from a lightweight aluminum with a comfort shape grip for an affordable $11.35 from Amazon.

Above: West Elm Market’s Wood Handled Gardener Pruner features an ash handle and stainless steel head for $10 each.

Above: After searching in vain for a lightweight pair of pruners sized for a woman’s hand, British designer Sophie Conran (daughter of Terence) designed the Sophie Conran Hand Pruners to use in her own garden. They are rust-resistant and are $32.95 from Williams-Sonoma Agrarian. Image via Ocado.

Above: The Orange Handle Secateurs have PVC-dipped handles to make them comfortable for use; made in Italy for £20 each from Labour & Wait.

Above: Löwe Heavy-Duty Secateurs are made to cut branches up to about 1 inch in diameter; €34 from Manufactum in Germany.

Above: The Lefthanded Felco No. 10 Pruners, have a rotating handle that makes it easy for me to get leverage from any angle. They’re $65.46 at Felco Store. See why they’re Michelle’s favorite pruner in 5 Favorites: Pruners. Photograph by Marla Aufmuth for Gardenista in DIY: Weeds You Can Eat.

Above: Hand-forged, the Tobisho Pruners are from Japan; they’re $118 from Paxton Gate. Image via Fine Tools. See why Paxton Gate owner and landscape designer Sean Quigley loves these pruners in our previous post 5 Favorites: Pruners.

Above: Manufactum’s Japanese Secateurs are made from carbon steel and solid metal with a torsion spring; €62 each.

Above: The Polished Steel Secateurs are produced in Italy by a company manufacturing garden tools since 1950. The pruners are ideal for cutting woody stems, pruning, and deadheading; £18 each from Labour & Wait.

Above: The original Felco No. 2 (shown here) and a pair of Felco No. 6 pruners are $54.95 each at Gardeners.

Above: The Kijo Secateurs are lightweight pruning shears with tempered carbon steel and a non-slip coated grip for £20 from Objects of Use in London.

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