There are certain things that represent the epitome of craftsmanship. All-clad pots and pans are found in the great kitchens worldwide. Many writers carry a moleskine journal everywhere they go. In the gardening world, Felco pruners hold such a mystique.
These tools do not make us better cooks or writers or gardeners; the most important thing is commitment to being present. Quality equipment allows us to be consistent. Felco pruners are expensive upfront, but perfect for those of us who belong to the ‘buy once and have it last forever’ tribe of consumers.
About Felco Pruners
Felco pruners’ dependability and history have led to a loyal following. Felco equipment are Swiss-made and have been around since 1946. If you are buying your first Felco pruner, the Felco 2 is an excellent choice. It is a bypass pruner that is easy to carry as you journey around the garden.
I use the Felco 2 for all pruning and clipping of perennials and shrubs. It is recommended for tree branches up to 1″ and my experience bears this out.
Balanced viewpoint: There have been many times when Felco 2 pruners were outside of my economic reach…especially the college years. I was just as happy. I make this point because while Felco are wonderful, we can fall into the trap of believing we can only succeed with the best (and often most expensive) equipment. This is untrue. The important thing is that we garden.
Caring for Felco pruners
Felco pruners have a reputation as being indestructible. A gardener can invest in a Felco and garden for a decade (or two) without having to buy a replacement. You can take Felco pruners apart. You can sharpen them. As far as abuse, from my experience it is just about impossible to destroy a Felco.
One thing Felco pruners do not appreciate is being left out in the rain. The photograph at the top of this post shows a Felco 2 pruner that, frankly, I have abused for the past 8 years. The rust has rendered it difficult for me to even open the shears.
Thankfully, Felco pruners are easy to take apart, clean, and oil. I especially recommending oiling on a semi-regular basis.