It may be a quick snip or a major lop so getting the correct cutting tool for the job is vital. Over straining a pair of secateurs will hurt both your wrist and your wallet. Likewise, using a hammer to crack a nut is equally wrong. Whichever tool you choose, make sure you keep it in good nick. Sharpen every season, clean after every cut and store where it won't rust. We have a couple of tips on keeping things ship-shape if you need them.