Monday, 24 April 2017

Product Review: Wilkinson Sword Multi-Tool Garden and Garden Sharpener

I was recently asked if I would like to review some products from the Wilkinson Sword garden tools range.  I have reviewed their products previously, the Stainless Steel Edging Blade and the Long Handled Edging Shears, so I was very pleased to review further products.  I chose two items from the range, firstly:

The Multi Tool Garden

I chose this as I had been on the look out for one of these multi-tools but I was struggling to find one that I liked the look of and that felt robust.  There are several on the market, some seem a bit flimsy and some appear a bit style over function.
These are really quite heavy, which is not a bad thing as it meant they were easy to find when they were in my pocket.  They have that well-made solid feeling. They are made of stainless steel and black anodised aluminium.
They comprise of pruners, knife, wood saw, stem stripper and a lanyard ring.  Like with all new folding knives they are quite stiff at first to tease out of the handles.  Thankfully after a couple of trips out they soon start to get easier to use.
I soon found them to be useful, I had not been out with them very long before I was thinking 'if only I had a little saw to do that..... oh I do".  The blades are, as you would expect from Wilkinson Sword, very sharp.  The pruners are also sharp and work well, they are very handy to keep in your pocket for those moments you just need to snip something. They are the sort of thing that once you start popping them into your pocket as you walk around the garden, the more you keep finding you need to use them.
They fold in on themselves very neatly.  They retail for around £20 and they are so well made I think this is very good value.  If you were looking for a gift for a gardening friend/relative then these would make a superb choice.

My second item is the Garden Tool Sharpener.
This handy little gadget does exactly what it says it does.  It is made from mirror finished carbide and has seven cutting edges.  It also comes with a little carrycase to keep it protected.  I used them to sharpen an old pair of secateurs and they quickly made a real difference to the cutting edges.  It retails at around £15 and it is worth every penny.  I use a variety of knives and sharp things in my gardening sessions and this is invaluable for keeping them keen.

I can wholeheartedly recommend both products.

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