“ Brand: Wilkinson Sword / Type: Pruning Saw „
Wilkinson Sword are better known for making razors etc than pruning swords but because the name is so popular, this is the main reason I decided to buy this. I have a couple of large bushes in our garden, and a few growing over from our neighbours, secateurs are not strong enough to be able to cut through the branches so I needed something bigger to use.
The blade on this is serrated and is a mean looking piece of equipment. It has a plastic curved handle which the blade slides into nicely when the orange nut and bolt is unscrewed. The safety aspect of being able to hide the blade away after use is very good idea, another reason for me buying it. The blade itself is curved like the handle and roughly 15cm in length.
Although you won't really be able to cut down a tree with this, it cuts through branches quite thick with no real problems. The teeth can get a bit stuck, but just like using a normal saw, you have to get the sawing motion right. I am a female and wouldn't feel comfortable welding a big saw around in the garden, but this version is fine for me to handle. I wouldn't say my fiancé is happy about me using this, as I can injure myself with a wooden spoon but he would prefer me to use this than a normal saw, especially while up a ladder.
This has been used a lot since its purchase and it hasnt broken any teeth, I am very impressed.
Wilkinson Sword is a company that most people will have heard of, more than likely for their razors and grooming products. One product that shouldn't be used in the bathroom is their retractable Pruning Saw. This fierce looking tool is for use in the garden for pruning. The blade has a patented tooth design which allows you to make light work of tasks. With such a product it is important that the blade is up to the job, but as it is fully retractable into the handle this means that when you aren't using it that it is safe from causing harm to you or becoming damaged itself. The blade is made from hardened steel which means it will not only last a long time, but will also stay starper for longer.
The handle is of a lightweight fibre composition which is almost unbreakable and benefits the user due to its lightweight and strong properties, reducing fatigue to the user. With a blade length of 15 cm's (6") it is of an adequate size to tackle general pruning tasks around the garden, and can even be used for things like cutting plastic pipes.
In the packaging of the Wilkinson Sword Retractable Pruning Saw is also a bent clip, which is ideal for ensuring you don't misplace the saw whilst in the garden. Once the saw is retracted within the casing it can be difficult to spot amongst plants, and at around £15 it isn't cheap either! if you spend a few minutes online you can find the retractable Pruning Saw for much less.
The Wilkinson Sword Retractable Pruning Saw has so many uses in and out of the garden, and aswell as it being very effective at its job it is also very comfortable to hold and control and the feel is that of a real quality product. Wilkinson Sword are more than happy to put their name to this product, and rightly so. Wilkinson Sword are so confident of their product that it carries a 'Lifetime Guarantee' Keen gardeners and even workmen would find the Wilkinson Sword retractable Pruning Saw useful and if you can pick up a bargain it is well worth having.
Dividing my back garden from the back gardens of the next road is a cycle way and footpath and the wide verges on either side of these pathways are supposed to be maintained by the local authority. Whether it's due to Council cut-backs or not, I don't know, but apart from planting several trees about fifteen years ago, the Council don't come next or nigh the place and over the years it's become very overgrown with brambles, nettles, self-seeded saplings and the like. The trees they planted, which we were assured were ornamental, turned out to be a sycamore, two ash trees and a silver birch, none of which I would consider ornamental and apart from casting a good deal of my south facing garden into dappled shade when the foliage is fully out, the ash and sycamore keys result in saplings springing up everywhere. Not only that but ivy has crept up and over my garden wall and in places has taken on the resemblance of small trees. I needed something to keep all this encroaching greenery at bay, which is where my handy Wilkinson Sword retractable pruning saw comes in.
A couple of years ago one of my children bought me an annual subscription to BBC Gardeners' World magazine and along with the first issue I received this tree pruner as a free gift. This has proved to be one of the most useful gardening tools I have ever owned.
Price and availability:
Although I got my pruning saw for free, these are still available from various garden centres and websites for prices which range between £14.50 and £18. This saw is currently unavailable from Amazon but can be bought from www.choiceful.com for £14.54 with free delivery.
The pruning saw is a rather unprepossessing looking piece of kit which, when in its closed position, is just a slightly curved green plastic handle with a central channel cut out of the plastic and a small red nut and bolt adjuster. The handle is 19 cm in length and the saw blade is hidden within the handle for safe storage. Once the nut and bolt are unscrewed, the blade can be slid out from the handle and the nut is tightened once more to secure the blade in position.
The blade itself takes on the same curved shape as the handle and is approximately 15 cm in length with a double row of serrated teeth. These are lethally sharp and should be handled with care. I should add that because of the shape and the positioning of the saw teeth, this pruning saw is suitable for use by either right or left handed gardeners.
In my experience, this pruning saw works best on trunks and branches with a diameter of between 2 or 3cm and 20cm. Anything smaller than that is best tackled with secateurs or pruning shears and anything thicker really needs a full sized saw. I've managed to cut through branches which were thicker than 20cm but the pruning saw tends to snag half way through which results in a very uneven cut and could allow bacteria to penetrate into the tree or shrub causing damage to the whole plant.
Over the time I've owned this pruning saw, I've used it for many tasks in my garden from removing side branches on my fruit trees, cutting back overgrown shrubs and, of course, a good deal of judicious pruning on behalf of the Council, especially where the tree branches have come over the garden wall but also I've taken it upon myself to take out some of the saplings on the Council's side of the wall in an attempt to prevent my garden from becoming any shadier than it is already.
Being female, I find that many garden tools are just too unwieldly as they're made to suit both genders but this saw feels comfortable to hold and although the handle is made of plastic, it's very sturdy. However, looking good is not the main object of a garden implement. It's how it does the job that counts.
This pruning saw cuts through wood like a warm knife through butter. It really is as easy as that and it's every bit as quick about it, too. I used to have a (supposedly) slow growing conifer in one corner of the garden which at about 15 feet high eventually became just too tall and needed to come down. Armed with my trusty pruning saw, I removed all the side branches to lay bare the trunk which I intended to cut down with a full sized saw. Removing these side branches, some of which were as thick as my arm, only took a matter of minutes and I decided to also attempt to cut down the main trunk using the pruning saw. This trunk was roughly 25cm in diameter and although the saw tended to snag as it reached just past the middle of the trunk, when tackled from the opposite side, it once again cut through smoothly. The whole operation of cutting down this tree took less than half an hour. It took me a good deal longer to move the trunk once it was down!
Conifers are fairly soft wood which could account for the speed with which the pruning saw dealt with it but I've also used it to cut back a holly tree (holly is a notoriously dense wood) and, again, this only took a matter of minutes. The same is true of the lilac tree which I cut back and the previously mentioned ivy which had a trunk of about 10cm.
Over the period of time I've owned and used this pruner, it has shown no signs of wear and works every bit as well now as it did when I first acquired it.
I hope I've demonstrated this is a really useful garden tool. Although the initial cost may seem a lot of money for a small saw with a plastic handle, I guarantee the investment will repay you with years of faithful service.