The Tobisho SR-1 pruners are the best pruners I've ever used. These are the highest quality, easiest to use, and sharpest pruners of all the hand pruners I've tried, and I've tried basically every brand.
The quality and craftsmanship of these pruners is simply outstanding, and they make large pruning jobs or simply breaking down prunings easy. Pruners are my #1 most used garden tool, and I highly recommend purchasing a quality pair. I used cheap $20 pruners for years before I upgraded, and I regret not making the switch much earlier.
Drop forged, deep in the mountains of Yamagata, from amazing high carbon steel, these secateurs combine a beautifully refined balance with a smooth, razor-sharp cut. The face of the cutting blade is slightly hollow ground to reduce friction in the cutting action, giving a cleaner, easier cut. These pruners are hammered out of one piece of top quality Yasugi steel, from blade to handle, and combine the shape of the traditional A-Type with more modern production techniques, resulting in a light and balanced but strong pair of secateurs that are comfortable to use all day long.
Yasugi YCS-3 Carbon Steel
8" long (20cm)
Chunky catch at bottom