The Compound Action Pruner has a unique lever action providing noticeable additional cutting power. The lever action increases user capability, even when growth is tough. The carbon steel blade is Teflon coated for rust resistance and friction reduction. The blades are also easily resharpened. The bypass cutting action cuts clean every time. The handles have soft TPR grips for comfort and safety. The catch is thumb operated, simply squeeze the handles slightly to move the catch backwards to open.