In a nutshell

A Gardeners’ World Best Buy Award winner, these are classic secateurs from the world-renowned Swiss brand Felco. They feel sturdy and cut well in a variety of different jobs. They are also easy to maintain and have the Felco lifetime guarantee and maintenance service for a nominal charge.

What we tested

  • Handling
    A star rating of 4.0 out of 5.
  • Cutting
    A star rating of 5.0 out of 5.
  • Maintenance
    A star rating of 5.0 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.


  • The non-slip handle shape works well
  • The safety catch is easy to reach and use
  • Servicing is provided for life


  • Several different screw need tackling for adjustment
  • The grip is wide when fully opened and not helpful for smaller hands
  • An expensive premium priced model

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What are Felco 8 Bypass secateurs like to use?

The secateurs feel chunky but light and the ergonomic handle protects the wrist and hand, making longer pruning jobs less tiring. The safety catch is easy to reach and locks well. The blade also has a handy wire cutting notch. The red non-slip handle makes them easy to see if caught up in clippings or compost

Are Felco 8 Bypass secateurs good value for money?

Felco are very definitely at the higher end of the price scale and were the second most expensive pair we tested. However, they are crafted from high-quality materials and the precision cut steel blades are robust and long lasting. All the parts are screw mounted and can be taken apart for maintenance and sharpening. Plus, Felco offer a lifetime guarantee and maintenance service - secateurs are mended or serviced and returned to you for a small charge.

Who are Felco 8 Bypass secateurs most useful for?

Ideal for a wide range of gardening jobs these secateurs are ideal for right handed gardeners with medium to large hands.

Gardeners’ World Magazine verdict

A well-designed, robust pair of secateurs that will last you for life.

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Product Specifications

NameFelco 8 Bypass Secateurs
ModelNo. 8 Bypass Secateurs
Secateur typeBypass
Secateur handle typeRight handed
Hand orientationRight-handed
Blade materialHardened steel
Blade removableYes
Wire-cutting notchYes
Safety catchYes
Lifetime WarrantyYes
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