Samurai Bypass Pruner.
Made in Japan.
Designed for growers and gardeners alike.
Samurai secateurs make light work of pruning small stems or branches.
The Teflon coated blade has been precision ground to give - a sharp cutting edge which won't crush delicate stems.
The anvil is also precision ground then chrome hardened to give - a smooth cutting action which lasts.
The handles have a rubber shock absorber to protect the wrist.
A toothed centre nut allows precise and easy alignment of the cutting - blade and anvil, giving a clean and accurate cut.
Model: Samurai KS-4T
Teflon Coated Blades.
Size: 215mm (8 1/2")
Cutting Capacity: 25mm.
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Best Felco 2 Knock-off
First I purchased the Chinese Green Heart Felco 2 knock-off pruners here on Amazon for $17.50. I never even tried them out before returning them, as they were very cheesy compared to my "real" Felco 2 pruner. I've used this Samurai pruner for a few days now, probably 500 cuts, and I don't have anything bad to say about them. For me, they're every bit as good as the Felco 2. This Samurai pruner for $22.50 is a real bargain as the Felco 2 is $50.50 here on Amazon. While the Felco 2 can be repaired, the parts are so expensive it's not really practical. I like the Samurai pruner so much I just ordered a back-up.
In my opinion this is not the best clipper I have used, but probably the second best and they cost a bit more than half as much as my top choice when I bought them. I did not like the locking mechanism as well as that of the more expensive Japanese clipper I also use, but is far superior to that of a slightly less expensive USA made tool I had been using. I broke three of those within a year. I can't say how durable the tool is because after several weeks use (about ten hours a week) I have misplaced or maybe just lost it, but it looked as though it would do well. I felt this tool was slightly inferior in overall comfort, ease of use of the locking mechanism, "feel" of the handles, and overall finish to the more expensive Japanese tool I now use, but it was very close and a good value, so considering cost I give it five stars. Not considering cost I would give it four.
These are great pruners, easily better than Coronas. I never could understand how highly rated the Coronas are. I bought them anyway and found their locking mechanism a total pain. It just doesn't work well, and the design is shockingly bad. These Samurai (despite the really stupid name) have an excellent locking mechanism, and the blades are incredibly sharp, capable of making fine cuts ( I donated a small piece of my index finger to prove it). Best I've used.
I have a number of Felco and a German pair of pruners (all of which are very good). These compare very nicely to all of them and cutting branches of small to medium size works very well. Best to use loppers for the large variety. For the price, compared to the others I own, I would definitely choose these. Also, the grip on these is not overly wide so it is not necessary to extend your hand excessively to prune. In truth, there is nothing to dislike about these pruners. The only issue is going to be trying to find spare parts if and when I need them.
A high quality pair of Japanese made garden shears at a bargain price ($19.90 at time of review)
Purchased from dealer "Samurai".Pros; Nearly as good as a pair of Felco at less than half the cost. A high quality pair of Japanese made garden shears with replaceable blade and spring, adjustable grip, and easy on/off lock. Nice and sharp out of the box. Unlike most brands, properly used and cared for, these will last a lifetime. We've purchased two pairs already and will buy more and recommend to others.Cons:Replacement parts have been impossible to find and I don't particularly like the grip indentations that encourage using the blades point up (not a bid deal, just not my preference).As always, I refuse to review promotional or free items.
Decent Felco copy, one major flaw
The function and blade sharpness are as expected for a Japanese tool. The fatal flaw is the closing latch, which is flexible plastic. Immediately out of the box it was flexed weirdly and failed to keep the tool fully closed, which worsened badly after only minimal and gentle use.
Great quality and reasonable price!
Just received pruner in the mail and wanted to try it out. went outside to my 10yrs old plum and cut off several 1 and 2 yrs old wood. Samurai pruner was surprisingly sharp with cuts that were smooth and clean. Love Japanese quality, so happy I gave this company a chance!!
I am a landscaper and these were great value, very rugged. They were delivered ridiculously fast too.