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I’ve always liked the easy lines of the Burgon and Ball tools, especially of knives like their classic pruning knife. Though my attempts at gardening usually begin and end with kicking the occasional dandy-lion over, I still like the blades.

Burgon and Ball have been making hand tools in Sheffield, England for longer than the US has been a country — with that kind of time to work at it, we aren’t surprised they have a good looking product. These folding pruning knives feature blades that are about 3-1/2″ long and a thick, heavy handle for large, gloved hands to work with.

They aren’t the newest thing on the block, but that’s not really the point. Solid craftsmanship and old-school lines are the name of the game, and they’ve got that down.

Street pricing starts at around $55.

Classic Pruning Knife [Burgon and Ball]
Street Pricing [Google Products]


5 Responses to Burgon And Ball Pruning Knife

  1. Chris says:

    So, er, what’s this for, and how do you use it? If it’s for pruning things like rose bushes, why is this any better than a good pair of bypass pruning scissors?

    (I obviously lack the green thumb of some of the other readers here.)


  2. Bugler says:

    For similar (I won’t say equal) functionality at a very low price, take a look at Ontario Knife Co’s “fruit and vegetable” folders made for the agricultural industry. Big, heavy duty, stainless steel, wood-handled folders that’ll take a serious beating. Smokey Mountain Knife Works sells them for $4 each. There are several different models (search for “Hickory II”). This is the one I have and use: http://www.eknifeworks.com/webapp/eCommerce/product.jsp?range=41&SearchText=ontario&Mode=Text&SKU=ON8832

  3. PutnamEco says:

    Victrorinox is my weapon of choice.

    Re: Chris says:
    So, er, what’s this for, and how do you use it?

    see wikipedia

  4. Chris says:

    PutnamEco: Thanks, but that still doesn’t really answer how you’d use it or why it would be any better than some bypass shears, especially for thicker stems/branches.


  5. Wild Bill says:

    We have several sets of B&B shears around the llama farm… not a fancy tool but does the job very well.

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