The Best Edging Shears

The Best Edging Shears

 

There are many types of edging shears on the market and it is very important to choose the right ones for you personally. When searching for the best edging shears or best garden shears there are three key things that you should bear in mind before making a purchase:

  1. Handle Length
  2. Blade material and quality
  3. Weight

Handle Length

  • Choosing the right handle length is crucial to being comfortable whilst using the shears. You should try the shears for size before you buy, or if buying online take note of the handle length to ensure you get the correct size.
  • Tall people can find using shears uncomfortable as they have to stoop to use them. To stop this, opt for a longer handled shear ideally over 800mm long. This will help you avoid any back problems.
  • Some shears come with telescopic handles and these are excellent as they allow you to adjust the handle length to suit your height.

Blade Material and Quality

  • We all would like to make jobs in the garden easier so opt for blades made from the highest quality you can afford.
  • We all appreciate a crisp cut lawn and to do this we need good quality, sharp blades. Sharp, well balanced blades should cut the grass around your edges with ease whereas lower quality blades will make the job much more difficult and you will end up with a finished edge that is not as good.
  • Blades that are described as forged are generally of a good quality. By repeatedly heating the steel to extremely high temperatures and then rapidly cooling it, the material becomes stronger and more resilient to wear and tear.
  • High end shears are often made with blades that are drop forged. Drop forging is the process in which the steel is compressed into the shape of the blade, making the structure of steel super strong and there fore more durable.
  • Some blades are described as ‘self-sharpening’. This means that when the blades open and close they brush together lightly, keeping them sharper for longer.

Weight

  • Weight comes from the material and size of the handles and blades.
  • Aluminium handled shears are lighter than those with wooden handles.
  • Choose a well balanced set of shears to aid comfort and stability.

You should purchase the best edging shears that your budget will allow. Overall the best garden shears or best edging shears offer a combination of all of the above elements. The best edging shears should be the correct height for the user, have high quality blades and feel as comfortable as possible during use.

Below are some of our top picks of what we consider the best edging shears.

Spear & Jackson Razorsharp Steel Edging Shears

These shears were our best pick from all of the shears we looked at. They offer great performance at a very competitive price.

Pros

  1. Lightweight but strong tubular steel handles
  2. Carbon steel, lacquered blades that are very durable and stay sharper for longer
  3. Comfortable hand grips

Cons

  1. None that we could see

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C.K. 5051Legend Heavy Duty Edging Shears

These shears are a quality piece of kit, but do carry a higher price tag to match. If you are looking to spend that little bit more and expect the best quality from your products then these are the best edging shears for you.

Pros

  1. Superior quality drop forged steel blades with armour chrome plating
  2. Self sharpening blades with low friction action
  3. Fully adjustable blade tension setting with dial setting mechanism
  4. Lacquered hardwood handles

Cons

  1. Top of the range design and materials carry a higher price than other models

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Wilkinson Sword Long Handled Edging Shear

We found this long handled edging shear the best edging shear for taller users. It has an 850mm long handle, reducing stress and fatigue during use as it allows for more of an upright stance.

Pros

  1. 850mm long handle for comfort
  2. 17cm blade length
  3. Lightweight at only 1.78kg
  4. Non stick carbon steel blades
  5. Soft grips

Cons

  1. None as far as we could see

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Bahco P75 Edging Shear

We chose these shears as we thought that they were the best edging shears for hard to reach areas. Also these are a good ‘all-rounder’, offering good quality 20cm blades, 90cm handles and are only 1.6kg.

Pros

  1. Hardened, coated steel blades for excellent durability
  2. Blades are designed to reach hard to get to areas
  3. 90cm handles, adding more comfort and reducing stress during use

Cons

  1. Softer grip handles would make use slighter more comfortable

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Bosch Cordless Edging and Shrub Shear

We know that there are always ways to make our lives easier in the garden and this is why we chose this superb product from Bosch.

The Bosch Isio Shape and Edge is a compact and lightweight lawn edging and shrub shaping shear powered by an integral 3.6-volt Lithium-ion battery. It’s lightweight, easy to use, and its Anti-Blocking System ensures it won’t stall. The Isio Shape and Edge comes with two easy-to-change blade sets that which enable you both to shape shrubs and edge your lawn.

Comfortable and lightweight-

The Isio Shape and Edge has a comfortable soft grip handle, and being lightweight at only 550 g, it’s comfortable to use for long periods. It’s also smaller than other conventional shaping or edging shears, allowing for easy angling and enabling a precise and accurate cut.

Pros

  1. Lightweight and easy to use
  2. Interchangeable heads to shape shrubs and edge your lawn
  3. Lithium ion battery providing 50 minutes of running time
  4. Anti Blocking system, meaning it wont stall
  5. Superb for smaller jobs around the garden

Cons

  1. May not appeal to the more traditional gardener

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In summary, all of our picks have their own advantages which will appeal to a broad range of gardener, depending on their own needs and budget. We think our best pick, the Spear & Jackson Razorsharp Steel Edging Shears will be the best edging shears for most.