A must-have tool for professional or amateur gardeners is the pruning saw. They are ideal for cutting stems or branches that are too thick for loppers. Pruning saws are typically designed with non-stick, clog-free teeth for efficient cutting through residue and sap. Look for this feature.
Other pruning saw features to consider include: folding handle that conceals the blade during storage, scabbard (blade protector), curved handle for easier use around tree limbs, blade length naturally dictates the branch size you can cut.