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Bypass secateurs offer precision, while anvil secateurs offer
force. When should you use each cutting principle?
Bypass secateurs use two blades that glide past each other, enabling a sharp,
clean cut, close to the stem or root.
Bypass secateurs are therefore particularly suited for cutting living plant
tissue. They can be used to cut young or soft wood, as well as semi-woody garden
bushes and shrubs.
Anvil secateurs have a cutting blade that comes into contact with smooth
metal, and are suitable for cutting finger-thick branches and solid wood.
However, as anvil secateurs do bruise the plant tissue, they should only really
be used for cutting or chopping up dead wood.
Quality is important with both types of secateurs: High-quality, sharp blades
will give you the optimum cut.