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The Right Tool for the Job: A Look at Florist Knives and Shears

The Right Tool for the Job: A Look at Florist Knives and Shears on

Tools of the trade

It’s not easy being a butter knife, the dining utensil that’s called upon to perform acts far outside of its job description. It’s often used as a flathead screwdriver, a hammer, or something to help loosen a tightly sealed jar – but just because it’s great at spreading butter and spackle, doesn’t make it right. There are appropriate tools for each job, ones that are even better at the job.

It’s the same thing in the floral world, where there are plenty of tools – but when the time is tight, the workspace is crowded, and one hand is gripping a bunch of stems, how often is it easier to grab the closest tool? Where blooms are concerned, though, the right tool can make all the difference in the life of the cut flower.

Getting a grip on florist knives

Florist knives are meant to be held. Its small size makes it easy to keep in one hand while the other hand is free to hold a stem. Their sharp blades are great for giving stems a clean cut to maximize water-drinking ability, as well as cleaning up stems of leaves and stray thorns.

With practice comes greater dexterity, which in turn can help speed up tasks. Of course, there is a very real danger of being cut by the blade, so great care is necessary. In addition, blades must remain very sharp to eliminate the danger of crushing the stem.

Not all florist shears are the same

Secateurs and shears come in all shapes and sizes, from trimmers that are used in major landscape projects to smaller, hand-held varieties. Because of their design, they’re great for cutting thicker stems or bunches. The shape of the blade – from curved to pointy and narrow – allows users to trim a flower or an arrangement to absolute perfection.

Unlike florist knives, shears have to be picked up and put down, which some feel can interfere with speed. There’s also the larger concern that if the blades aren’t sharp, stems can be crushed, which can then minimize the flower’s hydration ability.

Other tools that have a place at the worktable

There are plenty of other tools that help make the florist life a little bit easier:

• Strippers make cleaning up stems quick and simple, all without damaging the stem. Rose strippers, made of either plastic or metal, are great at removing thorns with a swipe down the stem. A foliage stem stripper does the same for unwanted leaves.

• Like shears, there are specific scissors for specific tasks. Craft scissors have a shorter blade and a large grip for achieving a precise stem or foliage cut. Ribbon scissors, on the other hand, have a longer blade and are used for cutting ribbon, fabric, and paper.

• Many arrangements and bouquets rely on the floral wire to help keep stems together, and wire cutters are essential to achieving pristine results. They also come in handy when cutting wire-stemmed artificial flowers and accessories.

• Floral foam is a key floral supply. The floral foam knife can make smooth cuts to cut and shape both wet and dry foam bricks.

Putting your florist tools to work

Topnotch tools are as important to business as topnotch flowers. At HOSA International, we utilize the proper tools during every stage, from sowing to harvesting and shipping. That way, our flowers are the very freshest they can be when they arrive at you.

To learn more about HOSA International, all of our flowers, what we can do for you, or to place a wholesale order, call us at 305.470.9991 or complete our online form.

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