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How do you use a pruning/grafting/garden knife?

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I will now admit that I've never used one before, and I don't know how to use one. I was gifted a lovely pruning knife to review by Patrick Freeburger...but I don't know how to use it, and so I don't know how to write a review!

Can anyone point me to some things I should try it on, and how I should operate it? I have limited experience with knives aside from some small whittling with a Mora scout knife, and cutting up food for dinner with kitchen knifes. I probably have no idea what the proper technique for using a curved knife is. And, when I tried to find youtube videos and articles about using a pruning knife, I came up dry.

Any and all assistance would be much appreciated!

Thank you!!!
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Here's Stefan in his orchard showing how to t-bud like a boss:

9:20 is the actual knife technique section, but the whole video is well worth 22 minutes out of your day.
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