ISSUE 38  |  The Low Countries

5 Favorites: The Best Pruning Knives

September 20, 2012 11:00 AM

BY Michelle Slatalla

A small pruning knife with a sharp blade and a comfortable handle (to prevent slippage) is the right tool for thinning delicate branches, removing suckers, and shaping rose bushes. As winter (and pruning season) approaches, we’ve rounded up a selection of our favorite pruning knives at different prices:

Above: If you are starting a garden knife collection from scratch (or splurging to replace all your small cutting tools at once), consider an Opinel Gardener’s Tool Set, which includes a No. 8 pruning knife—as well as a garden saw and a spear point garden knife; it’s $99.95 from Garrett Wade.

Above: The Opinel No. 8 Pruning Knife has a safety ring to lock the blade in an open or closed position; it has a blade slightly longer than 3 inches and is also available for £10.99 from Becketts Adventure.

Above: A Ladies Pruning Knife from Burgon & Ball has a slightly shorter handle and blade; it fits a smaller hand comfortably and is available for £27.95.

Above: Known for its Swiss Army knives, Victorinox makes a pruning knife with a stainless steel blade and a red nylon handle; the bright color makes it easier to find again after you set down your knife in the garden; a folding Swiss Army Pruning Knife is $16.50.

Above: A Brass Cased Pruning Knife from Japanese tool maker Niwaki has a 3-inch blade and a brass handle that will mellow with use; it is $28.95 from Garrett Wade. For more Japanese garden tools, see “Tools of the Trade.”

Above: The hook design of the folding blade on a Bahco 8-inch Pruning Knife makes it good for thinning out fruit trees’ delicate branches. It is $28.58 from orchard’s Edge.

Above: A heavy weight Tina Standard Heavy Pruning Knife has a 3-inch curved folding blade and a polished walnut handle; it’s $118.94 from Ray’s Orchard’s Edge.