If you're getting your first pruner, make it a ByPass. The ByPass pruner is the must have, go-to tool for all gardeners of all levels. Their sharpened upper blade, "passes by" the unsharpened lower hook of ByPass pruners when the cut is completed. That scissors-like cutting action results in a cleaner, nearly flush pruning cut... a far closer cut than can be achieved with an Anvil blade. And because the lower hook makes contact with the branch on one side only, the hook can be strategically positioned to whichever side of the plant being removed. In this way, the resulting damage to the bark is on the discarded portion, rendering the damage irrelevant.