It had a good run, if you consider 15 years a good run for pruners.
I do, especially knowing all the work this ol' pruner did over those years. The cutting, the shearing, and occasionally the digging of maybe a really small hole when no trowel was nearby.
I am certain I didn't take the best care of this pruner. I dropped it more than once, onto concrete, too. I put it away with plant sap stuck to the blade, and probably didn't do the best job of sharpening it when I did sharpen it.
There are a few knicks in the blade, and it is blackened from use. The red plastic coating is peeling away from the handles.
Yes, it's time to retire this old Felco no. 8 pruner with the clip-on holster.
Its replacement looks quite familiar. A new Felco no. 8 pruner with a new holster...
What will I do with my ol' pruner now that I've retired it? Throw it and its old holster away? Never. We've been through too much together in this garden.
I think I'll clean it up, sharpen the blade as best I can and use it on the plants in the sun room. Working with houseplants won't take nearly the effort of working out in the garden with trees and shrubs and perennials and vegetables.
Yes, this ol' pruner, even though retired, ought to last quite a while longer being used just for houseplants.