“ Brand: Black & Decker „
Secateurs are available with two different types of cutting blades: bypass and anvil.
The most popular and generally-used blade is the bypass blade, which functions similarly to a pair of scissors. These blades make a slicing cut by having the upper blade slice past the lower, while the lower holds the branch in place. This type of cutter produces a very clean cut and is best used for tender stems and living plants. Use a bypass blade on roses and for cut flowers unless you are simply cutting off dead branches.
An anvil blade works like a knife and chopping block. The upper blade cuts down onto the non-moving, non-cutting block. Cutting with a dull anvil blade can produce a crushing-type cut. A tool with an anvil blade is best used for cutting dry, hard or dead wood.
Notice that the non-cutting blade (or hook) on a bypass secateur is also called the anvil blade: this can be a little confusing.
I brought some small bypass Secateurs today from B&Q, dont ask me what small bypass means!!(if anyone can tell me, I'd be greatfull!) but they are great. They are B&Q's own range of tools, and although they may seem quite expensive at £7.97, they are well worth it. I have cut back all my plants and roses in the garden and I have had no trouble at all. They are very easy to use and also have cushioned handles, so they are very comfortable on your hands. The blade is made of carbon steel, and is rust resistant, it has a safety lock which is quite easy to operate, but not for children, although they should NEVER be left in reach of any child of any age. They cut up to 15mm diameter stems with ease, but I have a feeling that they will do thicker, but may damage them in the long run. The good thing about these is their ease of use, and the fact they have a 5 year quality guarantee!! If your secateurs are in need of replaceing, then I would recommend these, they are a real good buy!