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Some time ago I posted a question asking whether secateurs should be stored with the blades open or locked shut. Opinions varied and there was no real consensus that I can remember.
I can now report that I have come to a conclusion. Unless you are a very careful and organised person, keep them closed! Otherwise you might do what I did today: I had the secateurs lying in my tool caddy, with the blades open. I reached into the caddy to find some item lying at the bottom and - you know what' s coming - my finger caught the sharpest part of my Felcos, which sliced into my right-hand index finger.
I am typing this without my index finger, which is now bandaged up. And from now on I will close the secateurs when I put them away!
I always store mine closed just because I think it's better for them but you're right - that's the sort of thing that could be very nasty. I hope you're ok
Oh Green Magpie - I almost didn't want to read what happened - it made me cringe.
Hope your finger will be OK.
Ouch! Yes, we have all had a taste of something similar. I was once pruning in a hurry (never prune in a hurry) and pruned my index finger very nicely. Secateurs are surprisingly efficient, aren't they?
I tend to leave mine open for a while after I've used them........especially for "sappy" stuff........... a quick wipe clean and once they are completely dry, close up.
I don't always remember my own advice tho
I have removed the closing mechanism on my secateurs so they have to be stored open. Being left handed I got sick and tired of them locking shut every time I used them. One just has to learn to be careful where one leaves them.