Kent & Stowe professional bypass secateurs use high-quality, SK5 heat treated carbon steel blades. The professional level secateurs ensure a smooth, clean cut and offer good rust resistance. The secateurs include a sap groove, wire cutting notch and a blade alignment system and come with a 5-year guarantee.
The sap groove guides sap away from the blades and avoids sticking. A wire cutting notch keeps your blades sharp and a blade alignment system allows you to adjust the alignment of the blades. A dual position catch allows you to adjust the span of the handles to suit your hand size.
The professional bypass secateurs are the best secateurs for general use, like deadheading, taking cuttings, pruning and cutting shoots down to the nearest bud. Use them on roses, shrubs and for general pruning of green, live wood. The secateurs have a cutting diameter of 20 mm.
Use bypass secateurs for cutting green, live wood and young soft woods. The bypass secateurs work by a single sharpened blade passing over a fixed jaw to make a clean, precise cut that will heal quicker.
Use the professional bypass secateurs for clean cuts close to the plants stem or roots. Keep the blades in good condition by wiping them down with an oiled cloth after each use and sharpen them when necessary.
Correct use of secateurs will help your plants, shrubs and trees heal quicker after pruning.
Some simple best practice advice:
The simple rule to remember when using bypass secateurs is to keep the blade on the inside of what you're cutting. The blade side of the pruning cut is always a little cleaner and clean cuts heal faster. The non-cutting jaw will slightly crush the stem leading to bruising, keeping the cutting blade on the inside avoids the issue as the damage is on the side that gets cut off.
As a general guide don't cut anything larger than diameter of your thumb with secateurs. For larger diameter or tough, woody branches, use a small, agile saw like the Kent & Stowe folding saw.
You can apply a lot more force when the branch, that you're cutting, is deep in the jaws of the secateurs. Larger diameter items, that you want to remove are easier to prune when you apply more force. Avoid using the tips of the blades for cutting wood, it takes more effort and can damage the blade. You're much better off keeping the tips clean for more delicate work, like deadheading.
The branch collar is the raised ridge around where a branch attaches to the trunk or branch of the tree. Cutting above the collar allows the tree/shrub to heal quicker. Cutting below the collar can invite disease or kill some healthy wood and future buds.
In general, you'll need a fine sharpening stone to sharpen your secateurs. A long, thin stone, like the Kent & Stowe Diamond Blade Sharpener enables you to sharpen the secateurs by hand. Refer to the user instructions for the type of sharpening stone you're using.
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