Double-cut pruners like the A2 are rare to the US, in part because of the difficulty in producing them. Both blades have a cutting edge and meet when the cut is complete. The A2 is recommended for exceptionally clean cuts of greener, softer woods (fruit trees, vines) to avoid crushing the stems and enhance wound-healing. Vesco has updated this time-honored tool with replaceable blades, and a stem guide to keep small stems from tangling at the center of the pivot. Hot-forged, tempered (HRC 58) high-carbon blades with internal grease groove, and rubber-coated aluminum alloy handles with lock. In two sizes to match your grip/hands, this is the smaller size.