As I've probably mentioned in the past, we have two kumquat trees in the front garden. The fruit is beginning to ripen, so today we decided to pick some fruit. It's very difficult to access the fruit, which is why my wife has this telescopic arm with what amounts to a large pair of scissors at the end. One blade of the scissors is fixed, whereas the second blade is connected to a lanyard. One positions the scissors at the top of a bunch of kumquats, then pulls the lanyard hard, which cuts the branch which allows the kumquats to fall.