It’s raining today, so I won’t be working on the gardens as I have each of the past few days. Fortunately, I’ve already had a chance to break in the sweet new set of hand pruners that I picked up recently.
I stopped by a swanky local mall yesterday morning to buy some antiquing solution at a brass and hardware specialty shop. After that $5 purchase, I strolled down to Restoration Hardware, where I found this two-piece pruner set on sale for $22 down from $39. My old bypass pruner is just about worn out, so I gave in to the impulse and spent 5x what I intended when I stopped at the mall.
Not that I’m complaining. These pruners are rock solid, sharp, and for $11 a piece, they’re a good deal, too. I’ve spend less on tools like this, but those tools had cheap springs, troublesome locks, or rubber handles that wore out. These pruners have a satisfying heft, and the wooden handles are attached to a continuous tang like on kitchen cutlery. There is little to go wrong with the simple wire loop lock, and the heavy wire spring will shed dirt more easily than the strap-style springs of some other pruners. With proper care, these pruners should last a long time and look great doing it.
Now, if only the weather would clear up.