ISSUE 64  |  Loft Living

10 Easy Pieces: Garden Pruners

April 19, 2016 2:00 AM

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: From Tokyo-based product designer Tetsutaro Nakabayashi for Opinel, a pair of Green Secateurs with three adjustable positions is €49.90 from Merci.


Above: Available for pre-order the Stainless Steel Secateur measures 7.5 inches long and features an ash wood handle for $32 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; $119 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: 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 $49.73 from Amazon.


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: A pair of Pruning Shears With Beechwood Handles is €78 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 $59.90 at Amazon. See why they’re Michelle’s favorite pruner in 5 Favorites: Pruners. Photograph by Marla Aufmuth for Gardenista.


Above: Hand-forged to order, Toshibo Hiryu Secateurs from Japan “differs from all other secateurs with its thinner blade, slightly hollow-ground on the inside, and a slight gap between blade and bypass—creating a finer and cleaner cutting action, which along with the double spring system allows for prolonged use,” says Jake Hobson of Niwaki, where a pair is £179.17 (£215 including VAT on overseas orders).

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


Above: The Burnished Metal Secateurs are produced in Italy by a company manufacturing garden tools since 1950; £7.70 from Amazon UK. e


Above: The original Felco No. 2  and a pair of Felco No. 6 pruners are $64.95 each at Gardeners.


Above: The Kijo Secateurs are lightweight pruning shears with tempered carbon steel and a non-slip coated grip for £22 from Objects of Use in London.

Looking for more tools to add to your shed? See our recent posts on The Gardenista 100: The Best Hand Tools and our favorite Copper Garden Tools From Grafa.

N.B: This is an update of a post originally published March 20, 2013.