Overall Rating: 4/5
These pruners were a replacement for Felco Pruners. They have performed well under heavy use, and we will purchase more as replacements are needed.
Plus and minus
Yes--I agree with the reviewer who said that the handles are comfortable and the blade isn't sharp.
I am an avid gardener with 600 + rose plants and 400 dahlias
Is this really not THE pruner that I have boiught for 15 years?
This pruner surprised and delighted me. It appears similar to the one that I have bought forever but wanted to try one that looked like it. To my surprise the Leonard has the strength and quality that I am used to for $20 less. And the ergonomic design feels excellent as well. I will buy another Leonard Bypass Pruner probably sooner than later. In addition, it has great sharp cutting surfaces that work well for my dahlias or roses. In addition, I take the pruner into the 3 acres of woods and weeds that lie outside of my regular gardening area and I use it widely there as well.
Comfortable but very poor quality cutting blade
These pruners have very comfortable grips, but after just a few hours of use, the cutting blade was chipped along its entire surface. I was in no way abusing the pruners, and was both surprised and disappointed at the significant damage to the blade during my first use of these pruners. Other Leonard-brand tools have served me well, but I cannot recommend these pruners given the very poor quality of the cutting blade.
Gardeners Edge responds: Our customer service department has contacted the customer to resolve this issue.
First one would not open, on very prompt return, second one is fine.
AMLeo #1234 Ergonomic Bypass Pruners
The #1234 Bypass Pruners are a copy of the Felco #8 pruners, a proven design. There is good news and bad news. The good news is all about the handles. They are very comfortable. I have a pair of the Felco #8 and the handles of #1234 don't spread apart as far as the #8 which fits my hand better. The bad news is the blade. Out of the box the bladed was intially very sharp. However with very little use (2 trees) the blade has scalloped and notched preventing full closure of the handles. I have over a half a dozen bypass pruners from Corona, Felco, Bacho and Barnell and I've never had a blade do this. I'm going to try to marry the blade of the Felco #8 to the handles of #1234. If that works it may be perfection. I'm a big fan of AMLeo but have give a pass on these pruners.
Tom ..Rose enthusiast
Sturdy..but NOT a Felco
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