Although, in my former days of "pruning with wine", it was probably for the best that I had a cheap pair, that I never took care of and were so dull they could barely cut blades of grass. I did once try to remove the tip of my finger, but thankfully was not successful.
This year, a gardening angel heard my plea (way back in November no less) and the only gift under my tree this years was a new Felco pruner, complete with leather holster and ceramic sharpening stone.
Now I feel just like a professional gardener would with my trusty bypass pruners nestled in their very own leather holster clipped onto my work pants.
It's like butter in my hands and I have yet to lose it. Since they are now "my precious", I have even cleaned and dried them after each use and carefully put them away.
I still need to learn to sharpen them. Below is a good video on pruner maintenance and really how quickly a pruner can be taken care of.
I'm sure it will take me longer to find orange rind oil and a Sharpie that actually works.
My New Year's resolution is to take better care of my pruners. That sounds so much better than going to the gym.