Pruning Shears
(also known as Secateurs)

Angles are shown in the end views of the upper (red) and lower (blue) blades.

Pivot Jig with the Tormek SVM-45

Pruning Shears Being Sharpened

General Guidelines
1 2 3 Notes
If the original angle is different, it is best to match that.
  • The 2 angle can be as high as 35°; though that will make cutting the branch harder.
    • In knife terminology, this is the micro or secondary bevel
    • For pruning shears, this edge is much wider though : 2-3 mm (1/16 - 3/32 inch) wide.

  • The 1 angle is not terribly critical and probably does not need to be addressed. What I have observed is (generally) :
    • 1 = 2 - 10°

  • The 3 angle (i.e., the lower (blue) blade) could be as low as 80°; however it is not terribly critical. What is important is :
    • The angle is sharp and not rounded over, and
    • The blade is not corruded with tree sap nor rust.

Notes & Comments

Tormek Live Sharpening Class - Special - Gardening tools

The summer is finally here (at least in Sweden)! Wolfgang and Sèbastian from Tormek did a special episode of their sharpening class, focusing on the gardening tools. Learn how to sharpen secateurs, lawn mower blades, a scythe, hedge shears and other tools that you use in the garden!

Tormek AngleMaster WM-200

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