For those with green spaces to tend to, secateurs are a must if there are brambles or hedges or trees that need cutting back or pruning. Secateurs are designed to protect hands from sharp branches and brambles while they are being tackled, as any other gardening tool will likely cause you prickly misery- I know this from experience. We have quite a few tangled brambles on our allotment so a while ago I bought myself a pair of Felco Model 2 Secateurs to keep them from getting too out of hand.
These secateurs are designed really well. The handles are nice and long so that you can get a good grip on them even while wearing gardening gloves, which is essential when cutting back greenery. The handles are grooved to fit your fingers and they have a rubber cushion stop to ease the pressure of using them on your wrist. I have used other secateurs in the past and not found them so agreeable to use in this regard. They really do make a difference to your wrist and fingers, and I think this is in part also due to the fact that the secateurs, although they look bulky at first glance, are actually quite lightweight. Because of this they are easy to use, and I have had no trouble angling them to get at tough brambles whereas in the past with cheaper secateurs I have not been able to tackle the tougher bits at all.
The blades of these Felco secateurs are nice and sharp and of high quality, I have not noticed them wearing down at all since buying them just under a year ago. They still cut really well, and I seem to get into less fights with the brambles using these secateurs than with other ones, which I put down to the Felco design. You also have two options when using them- you can either select the steel cutters, or the anvil blades by turning the nut situated on the blades themselves. The secateurs come with an adjustment key that is used to turn the nut, which is easy to do but I have not done it much as I have not had much use for the anvil blades, although they do seem good at cutting smaller pieces back, while the steel cutters will pretty much cut through anything you put them to, which is why I use them the most.
Visually these secateurs are also pleasing. The handles are bright red and easy to get gleaming with a baby wipe or similar. The blades are made of quality metal and they look to be in good condition even after many uses. The Felco Model 2 Secateurs look like a high quality gardening tool and that's because they are.
Unfortunately that means that they aren't cheap. I see you can get them on Amazon for £48.50! which I would not personally spend on any gardening tool. I bought these in a gardening store when they were on sale at half price for around the £25 mark. The price includes a lifetime guarantee, so once you have bought a pair of these you need never buy secateurs again. Despite how useful and efficient they are though I cannot justify the full price of them and am therefore dropping a star to give them 4.
As you can probably tell from my other reviews, I am quite keen on gardening. My garden is surrounded by a hedge for the most part and the hedge grows quite excessively in the summer. I have inherited a number of plants in the garden from the previous owner that need cutting back frequently.
I had a pair of cheap secateurs that I used to hate using because you had to put your 4 fingers through a hole in the bottom a lot like a pair of scissors and I found my hands always ached after using them and I got blisters from the way my fingers and knuckles were pressing up against the plastic.
Dad to the rescue! He brought over a pair of these for me when visiting one day calling them "The ultimate secateurs", he also said they would last me forever. Dad has a tendency to say that everything is the ultimate to really try and sell it to you - but with these he was spot on.
I used them for the first time a couple of days to cut back a hawthorn hedge that had sprouted bits all over the place and had got so out of hand it almost blocked access to the one part of the garden where I had planned on building a shed. I used these to cut back the hedge and found they worked incredibly well and quickly.
What shocked me was the sheer thickness of tough branches that these things can cut through and without putting any pressure on your hands or fingers whilst doing it.
They feel right in your hand; they are lightweight and have specially moulded plastic on the one handle to create an almost ergonomic environment for your fingers. The blades are very sharp and when they meet they feel smooth and high quality. In the centre there is a small black metal clip that is easily pushed over to keep them closed.
I found that when I was using them that cutting the hedge was not a chore but actually became enjoyable. I used them to cut back some large brambles that were sticking out around the garden as well and they were excellent.
All the pieces of hedge scattered along the ground were too big to fit in my green wheelie bin so I used them again to cut the pieces up smaller so they fit inside - this took no time.
Shockingly, Dad told me these were a spare pair as he already had one and he got them from a car boot sale! They are practically new and I dread to think how much money someone took off him for them as I was quite shocked at the cost. However, after using them - if I needed to buy a pair of secateurs I would probably part with the required money for them because they really are just that good. They are even gauranteed for life and I must say I can easily picture them still working and for sale in an antique shop in 100 years.
I would not say that I have green fingers but I do like to have a little potter in the garden and spend time and money on making my little patch of England beautiful.
Finding the free time is quite hard though, therefore I need good quality tools to help me do the job quicker and easier.
I bought the secateurs in order to tackle some overgrown conifers and hedges and prune my roses.
*Price and availability*
I paid £36.00 for the Secateurs and bought them from my local garden centre. I thought that it was quite a lot of money but they come with a lifetime guarantee.
The Secateurs are around 21cm long and they weigh 240g. They are not too heavy which is good because you can end up using them for a long period of time.
The handles alone are 14 cm long and made from forged aluminium alloy; hence the reason why they are so light. They have finger grooves which make the Secateurs easier to hold and stop them slipping out of your hand. The handles are red and coated in a thin layer of rubber to absorb the shock of the cutting.
The blades are around 7cm long and are curved in shape. They fit tightly together and are extremely sharp.
The mechanism between the blades and the handles has a small shock absorber that means you can put as much pressure on the handles as possible and it will still feel smooth and comfortable. The shock absorber is similar to a metal sheathed spring.
The mechanism also had a plastic adjustable centre nut so you can alter the riveted blades if you need to, however for the way I use it, I do not need to change it. The mechanism also has a wire cutting notch which can be used to trim thin wire or mesh.
These Secateurs are very professional and probably the best ones I have seen. They feel really robust and heavy duty. The blades are fantastically sharp and they cut through things with ease. When pruning or trimming, the blades neatly cut through branches and sticks, leaving a neat sharp incision rather than tearing the branches away. Previously I have felt like I was hacking at brushes and using old Secateurs was a bit of a battle.
The blades are very forgiving and I have used them for more heavy duty purposes when I should have probably used a saw. The blades are so sharp though and so very reliable that I feel comfortable always using them.
The handles and shock absorber make the Secateurs comfortable to use. I am able to exert a lot of pressure because the handles are non slip and comfortable to use.
I have used the wire cutter quite a few times and mainly use it for trimming twine and chicken wire. It is easy to use and offers a safe method for cutting fiddly bits of wire. It is sharp and snips straight through it without any fuss.
I always give my Secateurs a good wipe before storing them away in a suede pouch for safe keeping. They fold away neatly with the blades together to prevent them becoming damaged. I am pleased that they come with a lifetime guarantee and think that they are a good investment.
Cutting Blade - Top quality, high carbon steel, precision hardened and hollow ground with wire cutting notch. Easily replaceable as not riveted. Anvil Blade - All in one forged alloy handle and anvil blade. Sap Groove - Prevents Blades sticking together. Bearing and Bolt - Tempered and ground, preventing blade spread and guaranteeing a long working life. Rubber Cushion Stop - Prevents wrist jarring. Handles - Forged in high strength light aluminium alloy