These are a lightweight and extremely well-balanced pair of snips, with long skinny blades that allow you to get into tight spaces and make precise cuts.
Snips are not as strong as secateurs, they are intended for light snipping work and soft green stems. They are an invaluable tool for deadheading, cut flowers/floristry, harvesting veggies, and I really like using them to cut lengths of twine for staking. In Japan, they are used for needling pines.
Many snips are more inexpensive with simple leather or stretchy straps to hold them together when not in use. The bonus with these snips is that they have the same sturdy handles and locking mechanism as the GR Pro Secateurs. The lock is very deliberate and easy to use, even with gloves on and only one free hand.
The lock and the one-handed feature is what makes these snips worth the investment for the professional gardener who uses them frequently.
Keep them locked when not in use so you don't poke yourself with the very pointy, sharp tips. Or, better yet, keep them in a holster and out of the compost heap!
Niwaki sharpening stones recommended for this model. The steel sharpens easily but they are not suitable for heavy hacking, and definitely not for cutting wire or opening paint cans.
- KA70 carbon steel
- Standard 8"/20cm
- comes with a spare spring