In a nutshell

Made of lightweight aluminium and FSC-certified ash, these bypass secateurs are a BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine Best Buy award-winner for comfort. A twist on traditional wooden secateurs they offer comfortable handles paired with a sharp, hard blade. With lots of features, these secateurs come with a 10-year warranty.

What we tested

  • Handling
    A star rating of 5.0 out of 5.
  • Cutting
    A star rating of 5.0 out of 5.
  • Maintenance
    A star rating of 4.0 out of 5.
  • Value for money
    A star rating of 4.0 out of 5.
Overall Rating
A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.


  • Cut easily through live and dead wood
  • Hard, sharp blade
  • Comfortable FSC-certified wooden handles
  • Lightweight
  • Adjustable width
  • 10-year warranty


  • Hard to spot if dropped in garden

What are the Kent and Stowe Eversharp Bypass secateurs like to use?

The smooth wooden handles are comfortable to hold and offer a great grip, and although they’re made from lightweight aluminium, weighing in at just 330g, they still feel tough and hard wearing. The carbon steel blade is covered in a plasma coating, which Kent and Stowe claim makes it harder and sharper than any other blade and while we can’t substantiate this, these are certainly hard and incredibly sharp. When pruning, they cut through almost every material on test with little resistance. Live green wood was easy to prune and they passed cleanly through even hard, dried wood. The cutting width can be adjusted with a simple catch, from 1cm to 2.5cm, so these secateurs can tackle thicker branches as well as more delicate stems. There’s also a safety catch by your thumb, so it’s easy to open and close with one hand. Other great features are a notch for cutting twine and garden wire and a hanging hook on the handle. The only weak feature is the colour – we found the grey blade and light brown handles tricky to spot if you drop the secateurs in a border or amongst prunings.


Are the Kent and Stowe Eversharp Bypass secateurs good value for money?

We think these secatuers are good vaue for money. These are fantastic secateurs with a great 10-year warranty, and the £34.99 RRP is around the market average.

Who are the Kent and Stowe Eversharp Bypass secateurs most useful for?

With their FSC-certified ash wood handles, these lightweight secateurs are best for environmentally-conscious gardeners looking for robust, lightweight secateurs. Their incredibly sharp cut makes them great for tackling precise work on thicker materials such as topiary. They’re good for those who lack strength or who have a lot of pruning to do and anyone looking for lightweight, comfortable secateurs.


This review was last updated in October 2022. We apologise if anything has changed in price or availability.

Product Specifications

BrandKent and Stowe
NameKent and Stowe Eversharp Bypass Secateurs
ModelEversharp Bypass
Secateur typeBypass
Secateur handle typeSuitable for left or right handed use
Handle TypeAluminium with wooden inserts
Maximum cut diameter2.5cm
Blade materialCarbon steel
Non-stick coating on bladeYes
Wire-cutting notchYes
Safety catchYes