“ Brand: Wilkinson „
I love keeping my garden looking nice and find that the minute I turn my back things tend to grow out of control very quickly. I therefore spend a lot of my time pruning and cutting plants back and need pruners that are sharp, easy to use and comfortable
These pruners are made by Wilkinson Sword, which is a company with a reputation for quality and durability. They are firstly very comfortable to hold and are just the right size to fit into my hand nicely. The handles have a soft grip which helps you to hold then safely and stops them falling out of your hands. There is also a bright orange carrying strap that I sometimes put round my wrist to help with this as well.
The blades on the pruners are shaped to make cutting as effective as possible with the lower blade curved so it fits properly around the plant stem. They are also very sharp and cut cleanly through any plants including small branches (although anything too thick needs to be pruned by a larger pruner)
As the pruners are easy to use they are very precise and I can place them exactly where I want to on a plant stem to make sure that I am pruning just above a new bud and not damaging any plants and killing them off by mistake.
When the pruners are closed there is a safety catch to keep them shut in place, which means that the blades are not open for myself or anyone else to hurt themselves on by mistake. This is especially good if you have small children.
I bought my pruners from Amazon and they have lasted me for a few years and hopefully will last for several more. They are often updated with new models and the newest version is currently available for about £13, which is a bargain.
Overall I have been very pleased with these pruners and would recommend them as robust and easy to use to keep your garden in check.
We have had these shears for over two years now and they have proven to be an excellent purchase as they are reliable and easy to use and still going strong.
There are a few features that I like about these pruners. Firstly they are incredibly comfortable to hold as the handles have a nice soft grip to them, they are also shaped in such a way that they fit nicely in the palm of my hand. The grip is soft and slightly adhesive in the sense that even if your hands get a little hot and sweaty they will not slip. Given that the shears are very sharp this is important to know. The blades are nicely shaped and very sharp, we have had to sharpen them only once in the last two years and that was more about the other half being a bit pedantic as I felt they did not need sharpening. The upper blade is solid while the lower one curves around it to make accurate shearing and pruning simple and precise. Naturally they are designed for plants and small branches and will not cope with anything too big. The spring release returns them to the open position after use and at first this was a little too lively however with use it has calmed down.
As well as the safety features of the handle there is also a safety catch on the side which locks the shears in the closed position for storage or when you are not using them. I have no memory of how much we paid for these at the time as it was two years ago and they are no longer available on Amazon however if you can find a pair I would certainly recommend them as an effective and long lasting set of pruners.
Having just moved in to a new house at the end of summer last year, we have been faced with an outburst of new bushes and various plants shooting off incredible new leaves and so on in the garden this spring.
I needed something to keep it all under control before all the pathways were overtaken by Triffid lookalikes. So on a trip to Homebase, I saw the Wilkinson Sword products and picked up these pruners hoping they would be up for the job due to their good name in garden tools.
I wasn't let down either. The pruners fit comfortably in my hand and have soft grip handles for added grip. This just means the feel is similar to scooter or bike handles and is a soft foam type substance which clings to your hand and you won't slip down the handle if you get hot and sweaty.
It has a very simple safety catch on it which is designed to be easy to open and close but has enough of a mechanism and needs enough strength that a young child would not be able to pop it open easily which for me is good news, even though my children know not to go near things like this, sometimes curiosity over comes them at that age.
The blades are obviously one of the most important features on this and the curve of the scissor end makes it very easy to loop small branches and leaves and snip them off. I have managed to prune some quite thick branches and although this has required a fair amount of force on the pruners it went through with no problem, although I think if you were to consistently prune thicker than normal branches with these the mechanism would eventually break under the strain so advise you keep to smallish shoots and help your pruners live longer.
The blades are exceptionally sharp and you do have to be really careful when using these as accidents are all too easy in the garden. Thank fully I have had nothing worse than a blister when using these but it could happen.
Another thing I like to do is when I am pruning roses, it means I can trim, off the prickly stem and let it fall to the floor. I then pick it up very gently with the pruners, by closing the blades around the stem but not putting too much force into it and I can then lift it to the garden bag I am using for disposal without getting stabbed by thorns.
The final little feature I like that does seem to be universal with pruners, is the fact that they are on a sprung hinge which means every time you close them around something and snip, they will open again automatically. Anything labour saving is good and it does help avoid blisters as you are placing less pressure on the handles. Although in addition to this if you then place them on the ground to pick up debris or something, remember they will be open unless you have locked them shut.
Overall I am very pleased with these pruners and I clean them and keep them in their case when not in use to prolong their life. They are easily available in Homebase and other garden outlets and Wilkinson Sword is a name I trust, although don't attempt a shave with these!!!