After consulting the folks on this NG I ordered a set of Felco #7
pruners, holster for same , and a small folding saw.
After dinner I went out and gave them a try.
First I opened the crown on a couple of small apple trees, then cut back
a cherry tree that was shading one of my favorite apples, and followed
up by trimming back some unruly grapes.
What a nice set of pruners. These are the ones with the "rotating
handle" and they work just fine. I had been concerned that they would
pose a problem for left handed use; fortunately that worry was unfounded.
I have no doubt that I will be using these tools for some time to come.
I have no affiliation with: http://www.felcostore.com/pruners.jsp
but their price and service was really great.
Thanks to all for your input.