|Hang on to your Felco secateurs
Over six days before Christmas I make some suggestions. They are tools that I regularly use. I cannot claim that there are not better ones and if you have your own personal favourites please let me know
We bought Brenda’s big sister Joyce a pair of Felcos for Christmas several years ago. Her enthusiasm was hardly deafening. One might even say she looked somewhat deflated.
That was before she used them. She now claims to have been ecstatic when she realised how It transformed her gardening.
Too many gardeners put-up with next to useless cheap secateurs. They do not know what they are missing. Good secateurs cut cleanly and tackle thick woody shoots with ease.
At one time I always carried Felcos in my car when I visited friends and relations. Too often had I carelessly offered to prune a shrub for them and my anticipated five minutes turned into an hour because their own secateurs were so pathetic.
You can choose several models of Felcos including special ones if you are left handed. My own hand span is small and I buy number sixes
All Felcos have red handles and I still manage to lose them!
|An ambitious Felco cut. Perhaps Jack should take the strain?
This is one of many sources of Felcos. Shop around for a good price
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Reply to HELENE
Peter Williams' reply to Helene's question in the comment column
Dear Helene,Felcos are always good when new but I find that they do blunt just as quickly as other makes despite their very high initial cost. The cheaper Felcos are just that - rather inferior in all ways to the expensive ones.
I do resharpen the blades but never manage to get them quite as sharp as when new. Replacement blades are available but I believe that they cost as much as the disposable secateurs mentioned below.
The disposable secateurs that I have used for a number of years are really excellent (grey/silver pair below). They have cost £5.99 for the last couple of years and I get them from a discount store in York called Boyes. They do not have a brand name but simply state that they are made from High Carbon Japanese steel SK5. They are superbly sharp (better that Felco) and will cut thin paper beautifully. They remain sharp for a long time and their relatively small size just suits me. The catch cannot easily be released with the holding hand and that is the only slight disadvantage to the model. Last year's pair are shown at the top of the photograph. I have seen them on sale at Chelsea and other flowers shows for £10 - still a bargain.
Since last Spring I have also been using a simple pair of Japanese secateurs that I purchased at Harrogate Spring Flower show from a Dutch stallholder. They cost £17 and are the best small secateurs that I have ever used. Wonderfully sharp and a delight to use. They are labelled Chikamasa PS-7. I have looked them up on the web and unfortunately most suppliers want Felco prices for them.
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