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Kent & Stowe Professional Bypass Secateurs

Kent & Stowe Professional Bypass Secateurs

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  • 5-year guarantee
  • Cutting diameter of 20 mm
  • Professional SK5 heat treated carbon steel blades - strong and durable
  • Features a sap groove, wire cutting notch and a blade alignment system
  • For roses, shrubs and general pruning of green live wood

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What are the Kent & Stowe Professional Bypass Secateurs?

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.

Why Choose The Kent & Stowe Professional Bypass Secateurs?

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.

How Do I Use The Professional Bypass Secateurs?

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.

Best Practice Using Bypass Secateurs

Some simple best practice advice:

  • 1. Blade on the Inside
  • 2. Size matters
  • 3. Deep in the jaws
  • 4. Leave the branch collar

1. Secateurs blade on the Inside

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.

2. Secateurs size matters

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.

3. Deep in the jaws of the secateurs

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.

4. Leave the branch collar

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.

How Do I Sharpen Secateurs?

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.

Garden tip:

  • Before using the sharpening stone, prepare it with a few drops of paraffin oil.
  • For straight blades, push the sharpening stone forward across the blade on a consistent angle, moving sideways with light downward pressure.
  • For a curved blade, (most bypass secateurs) push the sharpening stone forward, working around the curve of the blade on a consistent angle. Maintain sideways movement with light downward pressure as you sharpen.
  • Try to maintain the same sharpening angle along the blade.


  • For bypass secateurs, it is important to sharpen the outside blade only. Don't sharpen the inside of the blade or the bottom jaw.
  • On anvil and parrot beaked secateurs you'll sharpen both sides of the blades.


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