10 Best Secateurs in 2019
The Okatsune 103 Bypass Secateurs are made with Japanese technology that uses Izumo iron sand which was used to make Samurai swords. They measure 60-61 on the Rockwell scale of hardness, and the cutting blades are sharp and well balanced. The bright red colour helps identify the secateurs even on gloomy days.
The Wilkinson Sword 1111160W Bypass Pruner Secateurs is our Value Pick since it is the most budget-friendly one on our list. The quality of the blades are Japanese SK5 steel and are known for their razor-sharp cutting experience. Drop forged aluminium is used in the making of the handles, and it also comes with a 2-position catch.
The WOLF-Garten RR5000 Professional Bypass Aluminium Secateurs comes equipped with a double-sided safety catch for left and right-handers. The cutting width is 25 mm, and can easily cut through thick branches and sturdy stems. The handles come with plastic panels to soften the aluminium in the design. The inside also has rubber pads to protect against the snapping motion of the super sharp blades.
|Best Secateurs||Key Features||Price|
|Wilkinson Sword 1111160W Bypass Pruner Secateurs||Excellent quality, affordable secateurs with razor-sharp Japanese steel cutting blades||£|
|Davaon Pro Anvil Secateurs||Good quality garden secateurs with secure safety locking, and 20 mm cutting width||£|
|Spear & Jackson Ratchet Anvil Secateurs||Excellent quality secateurs made for thick stems and branches||£|
|Fiskars PowerGear Bypass Pruner Secateurs||Excellent quality bypass secateurs from Fiskars with safety catch and holster||£|
|FloraBrite Pink Bypass Secateurs By Burgon & Ball||Good quality garden secateurs with fluorescent pink handles||££|
|Jardin De France Secateurs Pruner||Excellent quality Teflon coated blades for precision cutting with large handles and ergonomic grip||££|
|WOLF-Garten RR5000 Professional Bypass Aluminium Secateurs||Excellent quality secateurs with safety catch, rubber padding, removable blades, and 25 mm cutting width||££|
|Felco FEL2 Model 2 Original Secateurs||Post box red coloured secateurs with precision cutting and a lifetime warranty||££|
|Okatsune 103 Bypass Secateurs||Excellent quality Japanese steel bladed secateurs for precision cutting||£££|
|Opinel 001628 Pruning Secateurs||Good quality secateurs with ergonomic handles and precision cutting||£££|
Keeping your plants in tip-top condition at all times is a necessity for a well-maintained garden. Having a garden is a beautiful thing, but it requires time, dedication, and the correct tools. If you have a garden that is filled with plants, trees, hedges, and grass, then you will definitely require a good pair of secateurs for pruning. Pruning helps to keep the plants healthy, and the stems are cut with precision and quality to not hurt the plants and stunt the growth.
Thick brambles, hard matting, and stemming, can quickly be taken care of with the help of good quality secateurs. There are several ranges in secateurs available today, and with so many options, there is bound to be some confusion. This list will help you narrow your choices down. We have arranged the secateurs according to price points from lowest to highest and have made comparisons wherever possible. All the products have been tested on the merits of quality, packaging, durability, and grip.
How to buy the best secateurs for you?
There are two basic or main types in secateurs.
- Anvil Secateurs: These types of secateurs are shaped like anvils, and bring the blade down in a blunt cutting motion downward on to the stationary secondary blade.
- Bypass Secateurs: These types of secateurs are more of the scissor variety and work in crisscross patterns with thicker and sharper edges than scissors.
Anvil secateurs need to be kept sharp at all times since the constant cutting can make them dull. Bypass secateurs keep themselves sharp due to the self-sharpening crisscross action.
Before purchasing any type of secateurs always consider the type of cutting you would be conducting, and the width of your stems. Pruning tools are only useful if they are meant for the right kinds of plants.
The Wilkinson Sword 1111160W Bypass Pruner Secateurs are deceptively simple looking secateurs, but they are incredibly sharp and get the job done really well. They are made with extra fine quality Japanese SK5 steel blades that are known for their razor cutting. The handles are drop-forged aluminium making the Wilkinson Sword 1111160W Bypass Pruner Secateurs an extremely powerful gardening implement.
With this pruner, you can choose your cutting width by adjusting the two-position catch. The Wilkinson Sword 1111160W Bypass Pruner Secateurs comes with a rubber buffer to absorb the snapping action of the blades closing. The maximum cutting width is 22 mm, and the secateurs are lightweight at 275 gm.
- Japanese SK5 steel blades
- The cutting width is 22 mm
- Razor sharp cutting action
The Davaon Pro Anvil Secateurs are made from excellent quality SK5 carbon steel that is known for its robustness and durability. The extra razor sharpness of the blades adds to the precision cutting experience of these secateurs from Davaon. The cutting width is 25 mm and is meant for thick, woody, and dead branches. The automatically rotating lower handle helps take the strain off the wrist and adds to the force of the Pro Anvil Secateurs.
The Davaon Pro Anvil Secateurs come with a finger shield design meant to protect the fingers and palms during cutting from rough branch scratches. The soft plush comfort grip is a boon for elderly people with arthritis and those with weak grips. The Davaon Pro Anvil Secateurs come with secure safety lock, rust resistance, grip size adjustment, and shock absorbing springs for ease of use. For larger branches consider using a pruning saw.
- SK5 carbon steel blades
- Finger shield protection design
- Rust resistant blades
The Spear & Jackson Ratchet Anvil Secateurs are an excellent buy for people who tend to struggle with thicker branches and stems. These secateurs are made to have a ratchet action that helps close the mechanism with multiple pulls while cutting thicker and harder branches. It also comes with looped lower handles that enables easy opening again.
There is a safety catch to keep the Spear & Jackson Ratchet Anvil Secateurs closed. The body is aluminium with a non-slip plastic coating. The blades installed are razor sharp Teflon coated, with cutting diameter of 20 mm. The secateurs are lightweight at 231 gm.
- Ratchet action for thicker branches
- Safety catch
- Teflon coated razor sharp blades
The Fiskars PowerGear Bypass Pruner Secateurs are made from Finnish manufacturer Fiskars and are well known for the efficiency and precision of cutting. These bypass secateurs are excellent at amplifying the force used by your hands to cut through troublesome stems and branches. The cutting width is 20 mm in diameter and the Fiskars PowerGear Bypass Pruner Secateurs can manage thick stems and branches with considerable ease.
They are made of partial plastic with chromium, vanadium, and molybdenum replaceable blades. The Fiskars PowerGear Bypass Pruner Secateurs also comes with a safety catch to regulate unwanted openings that lead to accidents and mishaps. They are light and fit well within grasp with full lower handles and a holster for safety. See our guide on long reach hedge trimmers for other garden products.
- Replaceable blades
- Cutting width 20 mm in diameter
- Lightweight and easy to use
The British FloraBrite Pink Bypass Secateurs By Burgon & Ball are made in Sheffield. The company was started in 1730, and these carbon steel secateurs are wholly endorsed by the RHS. The fluorescent pink colouring on the secateurs means that you would never miss it on a pile of leaves. The FloraBrite Pink Bypass Secateurs By Burgon & Ball come with a 10-year manufacturer’s guarantee. The steel alloy handles are durable and robust, and they also come with rubber cushioning to protect your fingers and wrists.
The springs on the FloraBrite Pink Bypass Secateurs By Burgon & Ball are meant to stop the implement from shutting down hard and injuring your hands. You can buy new springs if required. The grip is ergonomic and sits perfectly balanced. For thicker grass check out our lawn scarifier picks.
- 10-year manufacturer’s guarantee
- Durable steel alloy handles
- Fluorescent pink coloured
The Jardin De France Secateurs Pruners are bypass style secateurs that work just like a pair of scissors. The crisscross action of the blades helps them cut through thick stems, woody branches, and hedges with ease. People that suffer from hand-related ailments or other medical conditions will find the use of these secateurs a blessing since the grip is ergonomic and natural.
The large handles on the Jardin De France Secateurs make them much more comfortable to hold and handle while the super sharp blades ensure there is less force used during cutting. The edges are Teflon coated to ensure they do not undergo corrosive reactions and are safe from rust. The self-sharpening design of the Jardin De France Secateurs Pruner helps to keep the blades sharp at all times. The design of the Jardin De France Secateurs Pruner guarantees that the edge will neither undergo nicks and cuts, nor wear and tear due to overuse. Consider a garden shredder to reduce waste and make it easy to dispose of.
- Bypass scissor-style secateurs
- Rust free
- Teflon coated blades
The brightly coloured WOLF-Garten RR5000 Professional Bypass Aluminium Secateurs have a cutting width of 25 mm and are excellent for thick stems and sturdy branches that are in desperate need of pruning. It comes equipped with a double-sided safety catch that is easily reachable by the left and right-handers. Plastic panels help soften the top and bottom of the aluminium handles. The inside of the handles also has a rubber pad to stop the snapping motion of the secateurs.
The blades can be removed or disassembled with the help of a hex nut on the blade mounting. The WOLF-Garten RR5000 Professional Bypass Aluminium Secateurs also come equipped with a wrist loop to discourage easy closing.
- 25 mm cutting width
- Double safety catch
- Rubber padding to ease snapping motion
The Felco FEL2 Model 2 Original Secateurs comes with a lifetime guarantee and a beautiful red colour on its handles. Difficult to miss, the Felco FEL2 Model 2 Original Secateurs are suited for almost all thick shrubs, stems, and branches in your garden. These secateurs have a slick bypass cutting action. When coupled with the rubber cushioned and shock absorbing handles, the experience is hugely efficient.
The handles of the Felco FEL2 Model 2 Original Secateurs are made of forged aluminium, and the cutting blade is replaceable. There is also an inclusion of a sap groove to prevent the edges from sticking to each other after use. The cutting capacity is 25 mm. For other garden tools see our guide on cordless strimmers.
- Shock absorbing handles
- Cutting capacity of 25 mm
- Forged aluminium handles
The Okatsune 103 Bypass Secateurs are made with Japanese technology that uses Izumo iron sand which was used to make Samurai swords. The hardness of the steel boasts an impressive 60 – 61 on the Rockwell Steel Hardness Scale. The cutting blade of the Okatsune 103 Bypass Secateurs aligns perfectly well with the counter blade to keep the secateurs balanced and sharp.
The colour is a bright red shiny hue which is hard to miss even on gloomy days. The handles are ergonomic and fit well within the grip. The blades can be sharpened easily and are known for deadly razor-sharp precision cutting. You can lightly oil the edges to protect them, and keep them working sharp.
- 60 – 61 on the Rockwell scale
- Razor sharp blade
- Bright red coloured
The French made Opinel 001628 Pruning Secateurs are a beautiful combination of steel and beech wood. These secateurs come with three positions to fit the diameter of the branches – wide, narrow, and closed openings. Handy to look at, with precision cutting blades, the Opinel 001628 Pruning Secateurs are definitely an excellent buy to have in the tool shed.
The stainless steel blade has a cutting capacity of 20 mm diameter and does not require re-sharpening too many times. A few drops of lubricant should be able to keep these secateurs in good condition. For other garden tools see our guide on edging shears.
- 20 mm cutting diameter
- Wide, narrow, and closed openings
- Made of beech wood and steel