Lloyd - 4060 Monday, 31 December 2018
Can"t beat either Felco or Sandvick. My Felco (21 mm) are lighter weight - my wife likes that - apparently of some alloy with aluminium for the handles. My Sandvik (22.5mm)is heavier and I use it for tougher cutting -it has done some heavy duty work.
Both are by-pass cutters - have never got the idea behind the anvil kind.
For proper sharpening I disassemble the blades - but I can sharpen them in place with a narrow stone. And there are pencil type sharpeners available from places like King of Knives. I also clean the face of the blades so they cut close to each other.
Nothing like quality garden tools - expensive but long-lasting and reliable.
Brian - 2617 Monday, 11 January 2021
Okatsune are superb. Very sharp. They're Japanese. I bought mine on line from silky saws a shop in Queensland that also sells amazing Japanese pruning saws.