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I am hugely into gardening and I was given a set of Wilkinson tools for Christmas a few years ago. Prices can range from about £8 to £15 per tool which I think is reasonable for a gardening product that will last a long time. 2 years on and these tools are still going strong, so I definitely think they are good value for money, and will be investing in other WS garden tools in future. One thing I prefer my garden tools to be is durable. In the past I have had spade break at the neck and trowels bend into shapes that would fit well with modern art. I find this really frustrating as I try to minimise the waste my household produces and there is no reuse for broken gardening items, they end up going to landfill or creating an untidy rubbish pile at the back of my garden. My parents bought me a set of WS tools because they said the reviews suggested durability, and this is exactly what I have found in my own experience. The Wilkinson Sword hand trowel has been in constant use in my garden for over 2 years now and it is still going strong. I don't only use it to dig in the garden when the weather permits, I also use it to shovel compost from the indoor bin to the outdoor one, to tidy the stone edges of the pond, to scrape hen poo off the garden tiles - basically I use the trowel for everything, in place of gloves so that my hands don't get constantly wet and dirty when I'm gardening (I have a thing about not wearing rubbery garden gloves). The only little niggle I have with it is that the wooden handle is a little slippery when it gets wet, but I expect this won't be a problem for garden glove wearers. However I do remember my pre-WS-trowel having poor grip and also too short a handle, whereas the WS trowel handle is just the right length for my hands, so the lack of grip is not a major problem for me. I had a good long look at my muddy trowel before writing this review and I am pleased to say that it is not at all bent out of shape or showing exceptional wear and tear despite how much I use it. It still has plenty of wear in it and is retaining it's proper shape. I would therefore definitely recommend this trowel to other gardeners - I'm certain that it will last you a long time. The Wilkinson Sword secateurs are of similar quality. The blades are roughly 4cm in length and they are strong and sturdy, with a sharp top blade and a blunt bottom one. I am not hugely into pruning but I have used the secateurs enough times to recommend them, for things like chopping over-enthusiastic pond plants to length and cutting back our apple tree. I have actually left the secateurs out in the rain a few times but they remain rust-free to this day. The handles are easier to grip than the trowel handles which is of course more essential for a product that is essentially scissors for the garden. I have a little girl who likes to get her fingers into everything so I really appreciate the safety feature too, as the blades lock together easily. Although I only need them for a occasional use I still recommend these secateurs as they are both safe and durable, and they have certainly come in hand with trimming our apple tree and various plants in our garden, and they are also an essential tool for tackling the blackberry brambles now and again.. In fact I'm not sure how we'd manage that at all without these sharp little incisors as the brambles are very hard, thorny, and tangled up at all times. In summary, these are two fab products from Wilkinson Sword, and I certainly recommend them both. I will also look forward to trying others in future! (hint hint, I need a digging spade)
Although I am not the keenest of gardeners luckily I have family that are. Our Wilkinson Sword pruners get a lot of use throughout the year and have lasted many years. Although we have had a lot of use from them they are not showing their age like other garden tools often do. Priced at around £10 they can be bought online for under a tenner and are therefore a must-have for any keen gardener. We use the Wilkinson Sword pruners to cut back dead growth and for cutting back hedges if it isn't in need of too much work. The Wilkinson Sword pruners have carbon steel blades and operate in a scissor action to cut through manageable small branches. The blades are coated to prevent rusting and to give the user a better cutting action due to less resistance. The handles are well designed and they have a non-slip grip for comfort and safety. The pruners also have a safety catch with allows you to lock the pruners shut, so the blade isn't open and able to cause harm. The pruners are lightweight and just under 20cm long, which makes for a tool useable by most abilities of gardener. Not only are the Wilkinson Sword pruners well designed, they also look great in their predominantly white colour. The handles have blue and red detail and grip, the blade is a silver colour which contrasts nicely against the main body of the pruners. These pruners allow me to cut through stubborn and unwanted branches with almost no effort at all. Overall I would certainly recommend the Wilkinson Sword Pruners to any keen gardener. They offer great value for money and will make tackling dead branches almost a pleasure.
One of the garden tools that I really wouldn't want to be without is my trusty Wilkinson Sword secateurs or. I didn't actually buy them, I borrowed them from my mum when we moved into our house 2 years ago and somehow they are still here! I do know though that these can be bought from our local garden centre for about £17.00, I've also seen them on www.amazon.co.uk for slightly less. The secateurs have steel blades which open and shut like scissors, the bottom blade is thicker than the top and is also blunt. Its the top blade that is sharp and obviously the one that slices through the plant stem or whatever you are cutting. This sharp top blade has been coated to prevent it rusting although the coating has worn slightly on mine but I haven't had any problem of them going rusty. The blades are approximately 4 to 5 centimetres long and will cut things up to 2 centimetres in diameter. The handles are shaped so they are comfortable to hold and have a non slip grip for added safety. The secateurs also have a small safety button situated behind the top blade, in order to use them you need to just slide this back, this unlocks the blades so they can be opened. To lock them shut you simply slide the button forward and the blades will stay locked shut. The secateurs are roughly 18 cm's long and weigh 200grames ( just under 8oz). They are styled so they can be used by both left and right handed people. I use my secateurs for any little pruning or clipping jobs in the garden. When we bought our house the beds were terribly overgrown and a lot of the fence was covered with very tangled overgrown climbers. I found the secateurs invaluable. I was able to clear out all dead wood and cut back all the overgrowth. I soon had all the rubbish cut out and we could start to make the garden our own. I use the secateurs for deadheading and generally keeping the plants in shape, they really are a useful little tool. I also use them if I have received flowers as a gift. They are ideal for snipping the ends of the stems from the flowers before they go in a vase. The secateurs are easy to hold, they are nice and light and are comfortable to use. They don't make my hand ache and the sharp blade slices through most things with relative ease leaving a nice neat cut behind. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Wilkinson Sword secateurs, I have been using mine for over 2 years and they cut just as well now as they did when I first acquired them. They are excellent for all smaller pruning jobs in the garden.
I've been a bit disappointed with these pruners considering how much they cost. When I pay £15 for a garden tool I expect it to be exceptionally good at what it does but this just isn't. In fact I've used equally good tools in the past from B&Q and Wilkinsons (the bargain store) for a fraction of the price. The real problem with these is that the blades are quick to blunt and the handles aren't as solid as they should really be. So if you're trying to cut exceptionally thick branches with these, you don't really stand a chance. Even with thin branches I can't say I've found this as easy as I expected them to be. I paid a premium for this brand name tool deliberately because I have a lot of shrubs and bushes to tend to in the back garden. When you've got lots to prune, you want a tool that'll slice through the branches like a pair scissors and these just don't manage that. I wouldn't recommend these to anyone. You're much better off either going for a budget number from Wilkinsons or a Supermarket or paying a premium for a better brand. If anyone knows what that better brand is, they're welcome to let me know!
While pruning an old magnolia tree back to a stump , I lost my secateurs. The tree had needed to be reduced to a stump some years ago as it was up against the house blocking out light and had I needed my house painted. The stump had got away again and I wanted the space for a garden bed. Thus it was that my good old chunky secateurs have disappeared either into the wheely bin with the clippings or will turn up half buried in the soil next winter. Since this was an excuse to buy a new pair I chose Homebase rather than my local hardware store for choice. The manufacturer was never in doubt, since Wilkinson Sword is my favourite name for garden tools. The WS stainless steel spade and fork which were bought in 1968 are still as good as new and was once part of a set of four. In fact I inherited the smaller pair as an amicable settlement when parting from my first husband in 1970. Rather sounds as if the garden tools could be responsible for something there. Wilkinson Sword have been making swords for 200 years now and when diversifying into razors, motor bikes and typewriters still produced the best there were at the time . All that was at the beginning of the last century, but their motto is still "Always the Finest Quality" when translated from the latin and I have never doubted this. Surprisingly I didn't have to pay as much as I had expected. The choice of secateurs hanging before me ranged from a few pounds to over £20 for those carrying the Wilkinson Sword name which started at £12.99. What worried me a little was the lack of size. My old pruners had been heavy and chunky and felt strong. The ones before me were small, 7" x 2" at the widest part of the handle and matt black with a small orange switch for opening the blades. The sharp ends were black as well, so didn't look steel. Wilkinson Sword Power Anvil Lever Pruner, offered at £15.99, did promise however that they would cut thro ugh a diameter of 20mm (3/4" to those of us who visualise in imperial still). This was only £1 more than those which would slice through 15mm max. The label on the clear plastic case also told me that cutting effort would be reduced by 35% and they had a strengthened Nyglass handle. When I removed my purchase from the case, I found that the pruner was indeed small and light. The plastic switch which allowed the blades to open appeared rather fragile looking. I soon realised that the "lever action" was so smooth that little effort or strain on the tool would be needed for use. Added to this is the fact that the small size means that it fits neatly into my palm, leaving no effort for the fingers. Whether I am left or right handed makes no difference as they are modelled for both. The blades are coated with PTFE which is a fluropolymer. So is Teflon, if you are wondering if I am straying into the obscure world of chemistry. PFTE gives increased hardness, a lower wear rate, is non stick and rust resistant. I found that during research not on the label, incidentally. All this for £15.99 needed testing at the earliest opportunity. The remains of the magnolia growth were made short work of, although nothing was over 1/2" wide. The blades, which remind me of the beak of a giant black finch, sprung open when the switch was released by my thumb and closed over the stems, cutting through without effort for my fingers. Softer stems were sliced off without the blades sticking and I was very pleased indeed. I have a feeling for plants and need to think that I am not prolonging the agony when conducting necessary trimming. Realising that a dooyoo review was a certainty, I had to find something a little more challenging without testing to destruction. This was easy as a very tall climbing rose needed the top, containing only hips, removed. These stems are over 1/2" wide (I measur ed them) , with the sort of thorns which make me pleased I have had my tetanus booster and needed to be individually pulled down to a height which allowed me to cut, although still well above my head. The WS Power Pruners went through like butter and I am convinced that this a tool well worthy of placement in the garden shed space which used to hold my old snippers. Although tempted to give 5 stars, that would suggest a tool with magic in the handle and I will give them 4. However they are very good value, will oblige happily for most normal gardening jobs and are guaranteed for ten years against poor workmanship or materials. I only keep one pair and these should do the job.