GR Pro Snips

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  • Regular price $115.00

Snips have long, narrow blades that allow you to get into tight spaces and make precise cuts without damaging other parts of the plant - I really like to use them for deadheading and harvesting, but they're also a valuable tool in the cut flower garden and for florists. In Japan, they are used for needling pines.

Snips are not as strong as secateurs, they are intended for light snipping work and soft green stems. They're much lighter than secateurs so there's less strain on your cutting hand when you're using them for long periods of time. I keep mine right beside my secateurs in my holster so I always have the right tool at my disposal.

There are many inexpensive snips on the market, but they are cheap because of their flimsy locking mechanisms - they usually have a simple leather or stretchy plastic strap to hold them together when not in use. While this works, it requires two hands to put the strap on. When you're using a tool frequently in a garden, and often only have one hand free, it becomes a hassle to have to put everything down to take the 'lock' on and off.

It's such a treat to use snips that have the same clever locking mechanism as the secateurs. The lock at the bottom of the handles is easy to use, even with only one hand free - use your pinkie to open the lock and then push the lock against your hip to close it!

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.

Product Details

  • KA70 carbon steel
  • blade length: 2.4" (62 mm)
  • total length: 8" (205 mm)
  • weight: 0.45 lbs (200 g)
  • comes with a spare spring
  • made in Sanjo, Japan