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100 years of quality and sustainability
Discover our versatile cutting tools that last a lifetime and read our success story.

2023 is a very special year for us as we mark our centenary. We have been manufacturing pruners and cutters for professional applications for 100 years. We started making pruners for vineyards, fruit plantations and horticulture and soon expanded our range to include cutters for industry and trade.

My grandfather Walther Schröder developed the first Original LÖWE anvil pruner in 1923: the Original LÖWE 1. A drawing blade on a fixed anvil has been the Original LÖWE cutting principle ever since.

Our pruners were – and still are – vastly superior to the standard pruners of the age that were forged from two halves. Even back in the day, our Original LÖWE 1 cut far more easily, were pleasantly lightweight and were the first pruners to have replaceable wearing parts.

When necessary, the blade, anvil, spring and bearing could all be replaced, as they still can be today. Spare parts are always available even for Original LÖWE cutter and pruner models that are 100 years old.

In other words: we were pioneers of sustainability, even a century ago. Our mission is to create durable tools that are perfectly suited to their respective tasks across our entire range. We continuously optimise and improve all our products. We have developed another 100 pruner and cutter models to meet the needs of our customers over the last 100 years. 

But an all-rounder like our Original LÖWE 1 simply should not be missing from any toolbox. Original LÖWE cutters and pruners last a lifetime.

We hope you enjoy immersing yourself in the Original LÖWE world of cutting – every cut counts!

100 years of Original LÖWE
Original LÖWE is celebrating its centenary with a "Day of the Lion" and is bringing out special centenary editions to mark the occasion: the golden Original LÖWE pruners 1 & 5 and classic centenary pruners 1 & 5. 
New production facility
Relocated to the new and significantly larger manufacturing facility in Flintbek
Company renamed
Rolf Schröder stepped down as managing partner. Randolph Schröder acquired his first shares in the business. Foundation of Randolph Schröder GmbH with Randolph Schröder as the sole shareholder.
Company renamed Gebr. Schröder GmbH.
Company reformed
Fritz Howaldt ceased production of stable equipment. Löwe-Scheren GmbH established. From this time, the company only manufactured pruners.
The legacy
Uwe and Rolf Schröder took over the company Fritz Howaldt from their late father Walther Schröder.
New production facilities
Company moved to a new production complex in Dietrichsdorf-Neumühlen. They manufactured stable equipment and pruners.
Family addition to the company
Two sons, Uwe and Rolf Schröder, joined the company.
Walther Schröder took over the Fritz Howaldt company from Karl Wulff.
Rolcut took over production in London.
Company site in England
Fritz Howaldt Ltd. established in London.
Karl Wulff took over the Fritz Howaldt machine factory.
LÖWE pruners in England
Original LÖWE pruners were launched in England by Colonel B.J. Walker under the Rolcut brand.
A brand is born
The lion on cogwheel trademark was registered at the German Imperial Patent Office. Original LÖWE pruners were manufactured under licence by Seymour Smith & Son Inc. in the USA and sold under the name Snap-Cut Pruners.
A world first
Walther Schröder registered a patent for the world’s first anvil pruner.
Changes at Fritz Howaldt
Fritz Howaldt took over the machine factory. The company was renamed Fritz Howaldt Maschinenbauanstalt. Walther Schröder was recruited as company officer.
P. Nicolaisen Jun. Maschinenfabrik Kiel was established at Kirchhofallee 25. The machine factory made greenhouses, agricultural equipment and other products.