Florian Ratchet-Cut Anvil Pruner: Product Review
An excellent all-round pruning tool that’ll do just about anything.
Available on Amazon
When I first picked up the Florian Ratchet-Cut Anvil Pruner, I wondered what all the fuss was about. I’d heard such good things about Florian’s pruning shears but in my hand it felt like a cheap plastic toy. Then I used it – and my opinion did a 180!
Despite appearances, this is a quality tool that easily cuts through branches up to ¾” in diameter and makes regular garden pruning tasks a pleasure (although I suppose that depends on how much you enjoy pruning!).
The high carbon steel blades mean that the cutting blade is extremely sharp and keeps a sharp edge for a long time, and a non-stick PTFE coating means that sap from sticky plants (like pine trees) is less likely to gum up the blades.
The downside with high carbon steel is that it rusts easily so be sure to dry off the blade after use and give it a light oiling occasionally. Although the non-stick coating should provide some degree of protection, I wouldn’t depend on it to keep the blades rust-free.
I like the design of the blades on this pruner – it’s fairly similar to a typical bypass pruner and so can easily get into tight spots.
The brightly colored handles are made from a fiberglass-reinforced nylon. They may look and feel like a child’s toy, but they’re tough! And at only 3.9oz, this pruner is incredibly lightweight.
The Florian Ratchet-Cut Anvil Pruner can be used right- or left-handed and it works just as well in either hand. I use both hands equally so I appreciated the ability to switch hands to make cuts from the optimal angle, rather than having to contort myself into an awkward position to get the cut right.
The pruner has a nice metal locking mechanism integrated into the lower handle to keep the blades closed. It’s well out of the way so won’t pinch your hand like some other models and stays put in both the unlocked and locked position.
The ratcheting mechanism made it very easy to slice through ¾” mesquite wood (which is very hard). Florian claims that it will “multiply your strength up to 700%”. While we can’t measure the accuracy of that claim, I can report that Jack had no problem operating the pruners in large diameter wood, due to his larger hands. Gardeners with smaller hands can make it through ¾” material but it’s a little more difficult (I had to use both hands to get a good grip on the handles and exert enough force).
Cutting through deadwood was also easy, but the pruners maxed out at a thickness of about ½” and it’s not recommend as a deadwood pruner beyond ½”. Anything under that, the Florian Ratchet-Cut Pruner cuts through with no problem at all.
The Florian Ratchet-Cut Anvil Pruner makes both beautiful bias and straight cuts on live wood, including bias cuts in branches with diameters up to ¾”. The ratcheting mechanism isn’t engaged when cutting materials less than ¼” in diameter (it isn’t necessary – the cutting blade easily slices through thinner branches and stems). But when pruning anything larger than ¼”, the ratchet takes over and makes quick work of it.
I also tried the pruner on general garden cutting tasks, like deadheading, cutting back perennials and trimming roses and smaller shrubs. It handled everything with ease, including all cuts in soft material. That’s unusual for an anvil-style pruner so I kept going, trying it on every plant that needed trimming. No problems. Overall, the Florian pruner did everything I would expect from a high quality bypass pruner.
Made in the USA
All Florian pruners are made in the USA.
All Florian Ratchet-Cut Pruners are warrantied for 1 year against defects in materials and workmanship.
After that, if anything happens to your pruner, just return it to Florian with $14 and they’ll send you a new one – no questions asked. You’ll find details on their policy here.
The Florian Ratchet-Cut Anvil Pruner makes beautifully clean cuts in branches up to ¾” in diameter (both 900 and bias cuts). Don’t try cutting anything larger – that’s all that will fit between the blades when the pruner is fully opened to maximum jaw width. Deadwood cuts are easy to make in material ½” and below. With smaller diameter cuts under ¼”, the ratcheting mechanism isn’t needed. The Florian pruner makes clean cuts in everything from soft stems to hardwood, and is an excellent all-round pruning tool that’s the only pruning shear you’ll need.
Where to Buy
Florian products aren’t typically found in stores so your best bet is to purchase it direct from the company or buy it on Amazon. It sells for about $32 (without a belt holster), which is a very reasonable price and an excellent investment if you’re looking for a fantastic all-round pruning tool that will stand the test of time (Jack’s grandmother had one she used for almost 40 years!).
The Florian pruner is available in yellow, red, purple and pink (the company donates $1 to cancer research for each pink pruner they sell).
There’s also a stainless steel version for about $60.
Florian Ratchet-Cut Pruners can also be purchased with a belt holster.
Now over to you – Which ratcheting and/or anvil pruning shears have you used? What did you like? Not like? Let us know in the comments below!
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