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Where Have You Been All My Life?

January 20th, 2015

Last week I bought myself a little pruning saw. It’s nothing big, in fact, it’s super lightweight and slides easily into my back pocket. I have no idea how I have lived without one of these for the past 38 years. I got it from Amazon for those wondering. For some reason it won’t let me link directly to the page with this product. But search for Silky POCKETBOY Fine Teeth.
pruning saw 3
It cuts through large sapling, branches, small twigs and pretty much anything with great ease. I was blown away by how quickly it cut branches from the apple tree.
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This will come in very handy because I’m planning on harvesting saplings that need thinned from an area out back. They will be used for garden supports of various shapes and sizes. I’m planning on making panels for my peas and tepees for my pole beans.
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Several people were asking in the comments how long the blade was, so I snapped this photo so you can clearly see the size of the saw and blade when extended.
Silky Pocket Pruner
I also love that it comes with this handy plastic carrier. This tool will probably always be in my pocket when I’m working in the garden, I have no idea how I have made do without it up till now.

What’s a garden tool you would never want to live without? Have you discovered any new garden tools recently?

12 Comments to “Where Have You Been All My Life?”
  1. Tom Wolfe on January 20, 2015 at 5:54 am

    Nice little saw — how long is the blade, who makes it, and where did you buy it? I have a nice Silky 35 cm pruning saw (“Zubat” model) that makes quick work of apple tree pruning, but I’m in the market for something, like you say, that you can hide away in your pocket.

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    • Susy on January 20, 2015 at 2:42 pm

      The blade is around 7.5 inches long, I added a photo to the post with the measurement. I got mine from Amazon

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  2. Nebraska Dave on January 20, 2015 at 9:30 am

    Susy, my most used tool in the garden is the lowly square point spade. I use it for many different things that require digging or mixing. It’s used for bed preparing in the spring, mixing and spreading new soil, mixing concrete for posts, digging a hole for water storage, severing the root system for large weeds, and the list goes on. A spade is my friend.

    Have a great pruning saw day.

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  3. Jodiana on January 20, 2015 at 10:52 am

    I have one of those saws in a bigger size. I love it and am constantly using it. I didn’t know it came in a smaller size with a carry case! I must get one!!

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  4. Brenda on January 20, 2015 at 11:34 am

    It looks like a Silky Pocketboy. Is it a fine tooth or large tooth? How did you decide which type to get? Is it the sort of tool that a boy with incentive could use effectively? He is 8 years old and becoming increasingly helpful in the garden. This granny likes to give real tools :)

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    • Susy on January 20, 2015 at 12:32 pm

      It is a Silky, not sure if it’s a pocket boy or not. I got the fine tooth, not the very fine tooth. As long as the kid is responsible with sharp objects and had a good pair of leather gloves he’d be fine I think.

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  5. Lorri on January 20, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    I bought myself some pruning shears and lobbers (sp?) which have proved invaluable as I tackled all the overgrown gardens surrounding my farmhouse. Sometimes I worry I get too carried away and am cutting too many branches from some of the bushes. This spring I need to tackle a really overgrown rose hedge. It had only a few blossoms last year I was told to cut the canes down to about a foot in height to make it blossom more…so, we’ll see how that all goes…in any event I LOVE my pruning tools!

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  6. Brittany P. on January 20, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    I was thinking of getting one of those, now I definitely am getting one. Thanks for the post.

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  7. Mary Schier on January 21, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    I bought one of these a few years ago. It made pruning our fruit trees and shrubs so much easier! Definitely in my top 5 tools list.

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  8. Ms. Tweetley on January 21, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    Many gardening friends and I use the Felco F-600 Folding Saw (see on Amazon). Another very useful tool is the cobra head weeder and cultivator.

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  9. Robin on January 21, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    Thanks for the recommendation! I placed the order and got the last one in stock. I have a lot of pruning to do this winter.

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  10. katy on January 22, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    i was just telling my husband i needed one of these yesterday! i am in the midst of pruning our blueberry bushes (10yo bushes). thank u :)

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