Wilkinson Sword Aluminium Bypass Pruner UK Review 

By  Enda

These pruners from the Wilkinson Sword brand, are a very popular choice for many UK buyers. They are a set of by pass pruners, made from aluminium, and are rated very highly by those who have bought, and used them. As you can see from the image below, they certainly look the part.

Key Facts About this Wilkinson Sword Pruner

This pruner certainly ticks all of the important features, that bypass pruners should have. The blades are non-stick, they can be used by either left or right handed people, and they have nice soft grips. That makes them comfortable to hold and also when squeezing to make the cut.

They can cut up to 20 mm. Buyers really like these a lot and these have sold a lot. Overall buyers rate these as 4.8 out of 5 stars, which is of course an excellent rating. I have broken those down below so as you can see, just how highly rated they are.

Wilkinson Sword Aluminium Bypass Pruner Review

As you can see the huge majority of real life buyers rate these as a 5 star product. When I checked the couple of complaints about these, one of them actually said the product was very good. Clearly they filled out the star rating incorrectly. The other poor review said that the spring broke. That appears to have been an isolated incident.

You can see from the above information, that these are clearly a very high quality product. They cost under £14. In my opinion that also makes them very good value for money.

What Buyers Said About the Wilkinson Sword Bypass Pruners

We know how highly they rated these pruners. Now let's pick up on the main comments, and see what they actually used them for. Just before we do that, it is worth pointing out a couple of useful features, that these pruners have.

They feel nice in the hand, are well balanced and they are indeed comfortable to hold. They are also sharp, sturdy and very well made. If you have used secateurs before, you will know that one truly annoying problem, is the blades sticking. That does not happen with these, so sticking and jamming is never going to be an issue.

They also have a nice solid spring action clip, which looks well made and has been built to last. There is also a locking catch on the end of them that works really well. (unlike many others) Here are some quotes from buyers:

FANTASTIC set of garden shears! These are brilliantly sharp and just glide through everything you want to cut with one easy snip

These are a true delight, even more so considering the very reasonable price.

Very good, sharp and sturdy. I cut a very thick wild rose bush at the base and they coped without a problem

Good, strong secateurs. Used on branches up to 2 cm thick without much problem.

Our Conclusion & Verdict On the Wilkinson Sword Bypass Pruners

These are at an affordable price, and we think that makes them very good value for money. They are also very sharp so will easily cut through up to 20 mm, without sticking. That makes them ideal for general pruning.

We would not want to be doing heavy pruning with these, on thicker branches. They will do general pruning very well. They are  however not designed for the thicker branches, so please be aware of that.

Overall, they are well balanced, easy to use and also comfortable on the hands. With just some basic cleaning and oiling maintenance, these will last for a very long time.


I am someone who enjoys a little gardening. Now I am not someone who spend hours in the garden, but I do like both my front and back gardens to look really nice. Well kept lawns, neatly trimmed hedges, and borders filled with plants, make a huge difference, to how your property looks.

Enda McLarnon

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