Lost my good secateurs.  Phone rang, put them down, rushed into the house, came back out - senior moment, can't find them.

Bought this very cheap set.  First took out the ones on the right without looking closely at them and found of course I couldn't chop as they don't have blades on both sides whilst the other pair do.

This is probably the stupidest question I've ever come up with so far - but what are these for with a blade on one side and plastic on the other?  (I know I'm going to slap myself on the forehead when someone puts me right on this)!




  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 58,722

    There are two types of secateur - Bypass and Anvil - there's an explanation here 


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  • SupernoodleSupernoodle Posts: 954
    That's handy. I did wonder what anvil ones were for but never got round to looking up. Does anyone regularly use the anvil ones?
  • Hester ScottHester Scott Posts: 181

    Yep, I prefer them!

  • rosemummyrosemummy Posts: 2,010

    i tried anvil ones, prefer bypass myself

  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 3,970

    Bypass for me too.


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  • yarrow2yarrow2 Posts: 732

    Ah - thanks for this.  I can't get the anvil ones to cut anything though.  Will need to practice or maybe it's harder because they were cheap as chips ones.

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 15,269

    If they were mine, I would wrap red insulation tape around the handles, much easier to spot in the garden.


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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 28,235

    I had a pair of anvil ones years ago which my  Mum bought me but I never found they cut cleanly so I stick with bypass. Perhaps they were poorer quality though and just didn't function very well.image

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  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    I have to get the ratchet ones, think mine are bypass, either way if they last more than a year, im doing well! image
  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    I got some ratchet anvil ones at The Royal Norfolk Show about 2/3 years ago - for about £4.5 i don't use them as my main secateurs, but they have lasted well and can tackle really thick material. Sadly there is no manufacturers name on them.

    My by-pass ones are Wilkinson Sword with a rolling handle and were pretty cheap and have lasted years. I just wish these things were a smidgen smaller for women's hands (then they would probably colour them pinkimage)

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