A key piece of my basic gardening kit. These Silky Pocketboys are compact and so convenient, fitting neatly and unobtrusively into pockets, pouches, or holsters. My crew and I all carry one year-round so we can deal with pruning jobs as we go. Eliminates the run back and forth to the truck or the shed.
This year, we’re trying out a couple of new Pocketboys, including this fine-tooth blade. I spied the blue-handled Pocketboys in use at Great Dixter in the UK last summer - I expect the fine teeth will better handle the removal of old, hard wood during renovative pruning. The shorter blade (130) fits even more easily in between crowded, congested branches and will prove to be extremely useful during renovative pruning of old shrubs.
The fine blade is also recommended for cutting bamboo and should make our annual thinning of bamboo clumps much easier.
The 170 fits neatly into my Niwaki double holster during winter pruning season or in my Niwaki pouch the rest of the time. The shorter blade on the 130 makes this model even easier to tuck it into a pocket or pouch but it is still able to handle most pruning jobs.
They both have a comfortable, easy-to-grip rubbery handle and a 2-position blade-locking system.
Each Pocketboy has a colour-coded handle associated with the teeth configuration: black has medium teeth, blue has fine teeth.
Black is for soft wood and most pruning jobs.
Blue is for hard wood & bamboo.
- 170 has a 6.75" (170mm) blade
- 130 has a 5" (130mm) blade
- 17 teeth/inch, 20 teeth/30mm
- cuts on the pull stroke
- flip-lock case with belt clip included
- replacement blades available
- rust-resistant, chrome-plated blade resists the effects of tree resin and easily wipes clean
- made in Japan