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Pruning and my serpette

Spring is almost here… I think, and I have uncovered and pruned the grapes and have been looking at apple trees a lot.  A traditional tool for pruning is the serpette (french word for a “pruning knife”).  I recently picked up a repro of a serpette from a friend in a trade.  It was made by John “Smitty” Smith of WI and is a small folding serpette with a boxwood handle.

Anyway, this is a slick little knife, and the shape of the blade really makes it a nice for making clean cuts while pruning small vines/branches.  I am really tempted to try my hand at grafting now.

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