To Gift a Gardener You Must Discover the Extraordinary
Americans Are Discovering the Opinel Brand
Manufactured in France Since 1890
France, a land of gardening tradition gave rise to a simple pocket knife that was easy to sharpen, low cost, and reliable. America doesn’t have an equivalent. The Bowie knife is hardly appropriate for gardeners. The Barlow knife comes close but it’s just a regular pocketknife. The Opinel was a true innovation.
The only change to the award-winning design was the addition of the Opinel locking ring in the 1950s. With a twist, the collar ring locks the Opinel folding knife open. When the knife is folded closed, the locking ring keeps the knife locked shut.
Opinel knives and tools are sold in stores in France on bulk displays. The French probably see the Opinel the way Americans see the old fashioned Barlow knife. They are inexpensive, at least for now. The French-made Opinel has been adopted by a growing group of American collectors and those who “mod” the Opinel by engraving and finishing the handles, and even grinding down the blades. For more detail on Opinel garden tools with photos, read on.
Ultimate Gardener Gift: The Best Pruners Made
Felco Pruners are available in many countries
Here’s THE greatest ENGLISH gardener’s tool.
“Excusez moi. Je suis Francais. Je vouderai examiner cette chose.” Pas de probleme! FELCO OBSTBAU U GARTENSCHERE NR 2 CHECK PRICE “Entschuldige mich, ich bin ein Berliner. Kein Problem! Felco shears No.2 “Hold on, those “secateurs” look like great pruning shears. But I’m an American. Can I get them in the states?” You sure can!
I own a pair of Felco #2 pruning shears and recommend them. I grow apple trees and went through several other pruning shears before I discovered Felco. Felco is the gold standard. They are Swiss and are more expensive. There are good reasons for that and Felco pruners are the kind of gift your gardener will cherish for a lifetime. In the first moments that I used the Felco pruners, the sheer joy of pruning everything from large branches to tiny twigs let me know I had made a good buy. The combination of light aluminum alloy grips and hardened steel blades give the gardener real pruning power. Sharp blades make clean cuts, so that plant sap vessels are not crushed — clean cuts are better for plants and keeps cut flowers alive longer. Tip: Use a small pad of very fine grit sandpaper (# 400 sandpaper is perfect) to keep your Felco pruners sharp and spray them with WD-40 after use on sappy plants. Caveat: The fine carbon steel of the Felco blade and bypass jaw WILL rust. That’s a good thing, and when you gift a gardener they will know they need to trade a little care for the privilege of using fine carbon steel pruners. The aluminum alloy handles and stainless metal spring won’t rust. Overall, the care required is minimal and amounts to: Don’t leave your pruners out in the rain. Amazon Affiliates Who Would Like to Market to the World? Check out this article.
French Farmers and Gardeners Use Opinel Tools
And have for more than a century
Opinel Pruning Knife
Perfect for grape and fruit tree gardeners. 4 1/4 inches closed. Carbon steel blade with crowned hand hallmark etching. Beechwood handle. Safety ring to lock blade. French vineyards have flourished with thrifty Opinel care. Not shown is the Opinel pruning hook.
Opinal #16 Folding Saw
Modern Garden Folding Saw Design with the Classic Opinel Look
“The teeth cut through a 4″ tree limb in less than 8 strokes.”
Any gardener worth his or her salt will recognize this modern saw design. The razor sharp teeth zip through tree limbs up to 4 inches in diameter. The saw cuts “on the pull,” allowing the gardener to apply more power. The modern folding saw puts incredible cutting power into the gardener’s hand.The Opinel #18 Folding Saw stands out with its unusual and beautifulwooden handle. On the Opinel scale this saw is a #18 which equates to a 7-1/8″ blade.
Opinel Garden Knife
The classic Opinel in a large size
Opinel #12 Folding Knife, carbon steel
Fiskars Loppers Take on Limbs Up to 2 Inches
If your gardener has neglected pruning, he or she will need a pair of loppers. The “L” in loppers stands for “leverage,” the leverage to prune large branches effortlessly. The Fiskars brand is special. These loppers have a precision gearing system that nearly triples the leverage.
The gearing mechanism not only gives the Fiskars more cutting force than single pivot loppers, the smooth action takes away jarring at the end of cuts. Razor-sharp bypass blade prunes even the largest branches. Any larger, and it is time for a pruning saw.
ARS Extendable Hedge Trimmers
Super sharp and adjustable for 28 to 41-inches to reach those unruly stems with the audacity to grow out of arm’s reach. Lightweight but don’t let that fool you, these are professional quality. Even if your gardener has hedge trimmers – or especially if they do – they will enjoy a pair of these beauties.
I have a version of these and use them all the time. Extended reach plus incredible power. If the limb fits in the jaws, it comes off! I bought my version at a garden store, so read the reviews on this brand.
Fancy Hedge Trimmers
Wow, read the comments on these hedge trimmers. These people sincerely believe this tool is worth the money. I don’t have a pair but sure would love to receive them as a gift. The ultimate gardener gift? They don’t even have a motor!