Terms of the Trade: What Are Anvil Pruners?
Anvil pruners cut branches by pushing the blade through the plant material to rest on the anvil, which is a softer metal than the blade to keep it from damage. This results in the material essentially being crushed instead of having a clean cut. (This action is in contrast to a bypass pruner, which has a blade that sweeps past the lower jaw.) Anvil pruners are ideal for the simple chore of removing vegetation instead of achieving a clean look.