“ Brand: Wilkinson / Type: Lawn „
After the mild success I received from my Wilkinson trowel and a few other bits and bobs I've sampled from the company in recent times, it has come to my attention that I have failed to review another Wilkinson product I own, the 'Lawn Shear 421675', which I purchased a few months ago. When it comes to tending to lawns, of which I have one small plot, it is vital that the right equipment is wielded and used correctly, and I believe this product makes certain tasks easy to complete in the right manner.
The main material used in the products construction is stainless-steel, evident in a lot of Wilkinson's garden tools. As with the trowel I reviewed earlier, the product comes with a standard company 5-year warranty, which is quite possibly one reason why high strength steel material is used so frequently within Wilkinson's products - to keep them working correctly even when under strain of difficult garden tasks. The steel works excellently with the plastic hand grips (...which stick to the product, helping gloved or un-gloved hands to grasp the shears), but despite the hand grips durability and un-likeliness to pull off or tear, they can become slippery with moisture and might well be better replaced with a rubber compound if possible.
With an overall length of 83cm (...perfectly lengthened to suit the height of an average male/female), the device utilises two hardened chromed steel blades at the base of the contraption. These differ from stainless steel mainly in the field of brute strength. They are much less likely to bend or fail under load, but still retain the water-resistant, rust-proof tendencies of stainless steel.
I use my shears mainly for simple grass cutting tasks, at the edge of my plot of grass where the mower has been unable to slice some pieces, squishing them instead to a horizontal (...and extremely irritating) position. The angle of the blades in respect to the handles means the device can be operated easily from a standing position, with no bending involved. I also find closing and opening the handles an incredibly smooth and easy to do motion which makes the task of cutting groups of grass simple and easy.
I've also been using the shears to chop away thick weeds, nettles and thorns, before pulling them out (...routes and all) using thick gardening gloves. The shears work excellently to cut anything from grass to 4-5 cm thick plantation, but anything more than this and you'll have trouble. Of-course it also matters about the type and durability of the particular plant or weed, but in general anything more than 5 cm and you'll be hacking away at it uncontrollably and frustratably for several minutes.
I think because of the materials used, and the nature of how the device has been put together and constructed, the shears will definitely last a long time into the future. The blades came ready sharpened and well packaged to protect their sharpness, and though they will need sharpening or replacing in the future, they will last several years before this operation is required. An all round decent product I will be using for a long time!
Wilkinson 221675 Lawn Shear - Overall Length 83cm - 23cm Hardened Chromed Steel Blades - Oval Tubes For Strength And Plastic Hand Grips For Comfort - 5 Year Guarantee