The 10 Best Garden Secateurs (Bypass).

The 10 Best Garden Secateurs (Bypass)

In this list of the 10 best I will be telling you what I believe are the 10 best garden secateurs (bypass variety) that you can buy at the moment, and I will also show you where to buy them from.
Bypass Secateurs differ from the Anvil type Secateurs because they cut like a pair of scissors. The top blades comes down and passes by (Bypass) the bottom blade leaving a clean and precise cut.

If Pruning is what you want to use your Secateurs for, then you definitely want to be using the Bypass type of Secateur rather than the Anvil type.

As you will see, some of the Secateurs listed are pretty expensive, but in my opinion they are well worth the price as a decent pair of Bypass Secateurs are invaluable for gardening. There are also listed some that are a lot more reasonably priced, but still of great quality and capable of doing a superb job in the garden.

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1. Okatsune 103 Bypass Secateurs.

Quite simply the best Bypass Secateurs you can buy for your money. These Secateurs are made in Japan and are the number 1 selling brand for gardeners there.

They are made from the highest quality steel, are super sharp and absolutely perfect for all your pruning needs. You get very precise and clean cuts when using these Secateurs. The red and white handles are great, especially if you’re prone to putting them down and forgetting where you left them, as they show up very easily.

Watch the Video below to see the awesome cutting power of these Secateurs and how easy  they will cut through even quite thick branches.

The locking catch for these is located on the bottom of the handles so is not easily thumb operated like a lot of secateurs are. I Think this is a feature on all Japanese Secateurs, but it matters not as these are such fantastic Secateurs to use. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed if you invest in a pair of these.

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2. Felco FEL2 Model 2 Original Secateurs.

The Model 2 Felco Bypass Secateurs are the most popular ones from this brand. The blades are made from high quality steel for a clean and precise cut. The handles are forged aluminium alloy making them lightweight and very comfortable to use. They come with a notch for wire cutting, which is very handy when you need to cut garden wire for tying plants back with. They also have a sap groove on the bottom blade to help prevent the blades sticking together after a lot of use.

They are very smooth to use and close softly with cushioned shock absorbers. The handle have a non-slip coating on which works amazingly well. All parts on these Secateurs are replaceable and they come with a lifetime guarantee.

All in all these Swiss made Secateurs are most definitely some of the best you will find.

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3. Bahco PXR-M3 – 1-Hand Ergo Pruner.

The Bahco PXR-M3 Bypass Secateurs are brilliant to use. They are designed with a rotating bottom handle to move with the natural motion of your hand. They are especially good when using for extended periods of time and will stop your joints aching as may happen when using other Secateurs for long periods. They may take a little bit of getting used to if you’ve not tried Secateurs with a rotating handle before, but once you have got used to them they really are a joy to use and prune with.

They have a large cutting diameter of 30mm so will cut through some quite thick twigs, making them ideal for pruning fruit trees.

All parts on these Secateurs can be replaced.

A really great pair of Bypass Secateurs, especially when using for long periods of time and for thicker pruning needs.

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4. Spear & Jackson Razorsharp Professional Heavy Duty Bypass Secateurs.

These Spear & Jackson Bypass Secateurs are very good. They are made with high carbon steel blades which have a sap groove in to prevent sticking after prolonged periods of use. They also have a 2-step catch so you’re able to cut at two different widths. The handles are forged aluminium alloy with a non-slip coating.

They have rubber shock absorbers and with these Secateurs you can adjust the blade tension.

The Top blade and spring are replaceable and these Secateurs come with a 10-year guarantee.

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5. Wolf Garten RR5000.

I am a big fan of Wolf Garten Tools (Wolf Garden Tools) and these are their best Bypass Secateurs that I have used.

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The blades on these Secateurs are non-stick coated steel which makes for very easy cleaning. They are very good for precise and delicate pruning.

The handles are made with very robust aluminium with plastic inserts making them lightweight and very comfortable to use.

The blades are replaceable and you can also adjust the blade tension on these.

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6. Felco Model 12 Compact Deluxe Secateurs.

These Felco Model 12 Bypass Secateurs have the rotating bottom handle like the Bahco PXR-M3 Secateurs, making them great for use over prolonged periods and saves you from getting aching joints.

The blades are made from high quality hardened steel and the handles are forged aluminium alloy. They have a wire cutting notch and also a sap groove in the bottom blade to stop them sticking when using for long periods of time.

They have cushioned shock absorbers and all parts on these Secateurs are replaceable.

These come with a lifetime guarantee.

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7. Wilkinson Sword Aluminium.

For the price these are great secateurs. With the blades being non-stick, made of high carbon steel, and aluminium alloy handles with rubber grips these are lightweight and very comfortable to use.

They cut very well and are good for delicate, precise pruning. The safety catch for these secateurs is on the bottom of the handles like the Okatsune 103 Secateurs that I rate as my number 1 Pair.

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8. Fiskars P94.

A lovely pair of Secateurs these are. Quite small, but still perfect to use even with larger hands. They have the rotating bottom handle like the Bahco and Felco Model 12, so are great for using for long periods of time.

The Blades are made from high quality steel with non-stick coatin. The handles are reinforced with fibreglass and are very tough but comfortable to use. They also have an adjustable handle opening.

They’re great for cutting quite large diameter green wood.

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9. SHEAR JOY Secateurs.

For the price these Shear Joy Secateurs are very good. They have very sharp high strength carbon steel blades. The aluminium handles have an anti-slip grip attached. They’re not the most comfortable Secateurs to use, but they’re also no-where near being too uncomfortable to use, even for long periods.

They seem to cut through pretty much anything with relative ease and have a lock that is easy to operate using your thumb.

I found these to be very good Secateurs to use. Lightweight and comfortable enough, and for the price you pay for them you can’t go wrong.

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10. Basilica Botanica Pruning Shears.

The last pair on Secateurs in my Top 10 are these all metal pair.

They are made from hardened aluminium with carbon steel blades which are very sharp. You may think they would be heavy to use being all metal, but surpisingly they’re not. They are a little heavier than some, but still very manageable and comfortable to use, even for extended periods.

They have a strong return spring and a thumb operated locking mechanism and are capable of cutting through pretty thick branches.

I think these Secateurs look very good, but you can’t buy tools on how good they look, and it just happens that as well as looking very good they also perform very good too.

These Secateurs come with a lifetime guarantee too.

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In Conclusion.

I hope this list was of help to you in finding and buying the right Bypass Secateurs for your gardening needs. There are a lot of Bypass Secateurs available to buy, but these are the Top 10 ones I have found and used in my time as a gardener.

As I will keep trying out other Bypass Secateurs in the future, there maybe times that I’ll make revisions to the list or possibly writing a list of the Top 15 or 20 Bypass Secateurs.

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Happy Gardening!

















18 Replies to “The 10 Best Garden Secateurs (Bypass).

  1. This is such a great post. At least now I know what are the different garden secateurs available. Thank you so much!!

  2. Secateurs play a very important part in maintaining your garden.. A very good info on various type of Secateurs available and their role in gardening..

  3. Wow Michael, such I great post! I see those garden secateurs all the time in the gardening section of stores but I had no idea about what does what. This is a very educative article. Thank you so much for sharing!

    1. Hi Carole,
      Thanks for your comment. There are loads of Secateurs available which you see in stores. Lots are good, but equally lots aren’t that good.
      I hope by reading my post that if you are ever in need of a decent pair of garden secateurs (bypass) that you will have the right information to buy the good ones.

    1. Hi Ahmed.
      Thanks for your comment.
      I’m glad you found it informative. I think it’s always handy to know what are the good tools to use when gardening.
      I found out a lot through trial and error. I’ve gone through some bad tools, but then I’ve also found some really great ones too.
      Any of the Bypass Secateurs on this list are more then capable of doing a great job.
      Thanks and best wishes,

  4. As usual – amazing post!
    I’ve never been an expert on secateurs, but right now, I know much more than I used to – thanks to you!
    From what I saw, I think number 3 is my favorite.
    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi,
      Thanks for your comment and I’m glad you have learnt more about Secateurs after reading my post.
      Number 3 are a great pair of Secateurs. The Bahco PXR-M3.
      They have the rotating bottom handle and although they may feel weird the first time you use them you soon get used to them.
      They are also great when using for extended periods of time and stop you getting aching hands and wrists.
      Thanks and best wishes,

  5. Mine broke this past weekend. I just got a cheap part from Home Depot thinking it didn’t matter. Boy was I wrong! I appreciate the list and I’m not even going to compare, but just go with #1: Okatsune 103 Bypass Secateurs. Thanks for the advice! – JB

    1. Hi JB,
      I have done the same thing as you in the past.
      Buying cheap tools or replacement parts and then finding out that It’s just a waste of time.
      That’s why now I only buy and use quality tools, and in the long run it will save you money.
      You may get a cheap tool for a lot less then a decent one, but you will go through a few or a lot of the cheaper ones, as they will keep breaking or not doing the job they’re meant to. If you buy a decent good quality tool then it’ll last you for a very long time, if not a lifetime.
      The Okatsune Secateurs are awesome. they’re the pair that I actually use at the moment and I couldn’t be happier with them.
      I’m sure you won’t be disappointed with them.
      Thanks and best wishes,

  6. Hey Michael,
    I’ve used these tools for decades and didn’t even know that was their name!
    Right now I have a Fiskars but I think I’d like to invest in the Felco since it looks like it would be more comfortable for using for an extended period.
    Thanks for the great information (and the education!)

    1. Hi Kyle Ann,
      These are essential tools for the garden. I use my Secateurs on a daily basis and have them in a holster on my belt so they are always close to hand when I need them.
      Fiskars are a great brand as are Felco.
      As you have mentioned though, there are some that are better and more comfortable when using for extended periods.
      Thanks for your comment.
      Best wishes,

  7. Nothing makes the house look better than a well groomed garden! Great info i know where i’m going to buy my next gardening tools .

    1. Hi Doc,
      I couldn’t agree more. A well groomed garden certainly does make the house look better and always gives a great first impression to any new visitors.
      I hope you will find lots of good information in my posts and that they will help you to choose some great gardening tools.
      Thanks and best wishes,

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