Now and then we discover a garden tool that exceeds our expectations, and the Bypass Pruner is definitely one of them. It has an ultra light aluminum design, with high carbon SL-5 Japanese steel blades that never seem to dull. It is sprung in the open position, but held closed by a convenient clip at the ends of the handles. This is a great pruner for light pruning, dead heading, or for florists to snip flower stems. It is designed to handle up to 2cm (¾") stems, and comes with a lifetime warranty from the manufacturer. The sharp blades make a very clean cut, so they're ideal for live stems.