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Review | Westcott Extreme Edge Titanium Scissors

I thought I owned all the scissors I needed for my crafting projects but then I received a pair of Westcott Extreme Edge Titanium Scissorsto try.  I had lots of projects going on using a variety of products so I put these to the test.

I needed to cut some burlap strips and muslin pieces and was delighted at just how easily these scissors glided through both types of fabrics. They really did cut “like butter” – I felt no pressure at all and both fabrics were cut with nice clean edges.

Westcott_linda_neff_craft_critique_3The packaging declares these scissors “easily cuts through multiple layers of fabric” and they did! My daughter and I were making new seat covers for some dining room chairs and used the Westcott scissors to cut through the 1″ thick seat padding. These scissors whispered through this project as if they were simply cutting through one layer of fabric.

Westcott_linda_neff_craft_critique_2I have scissors for heavy projects like cutting chipboard, wire and such and if I try to use them to cut a piece a ribbon they won’t do it. The blades will just chew at the ribbon. So I’ve always had to have both fabric scissors and work scissors. These Westcott Extreme Edge Titanium scissors easily went back and forth from one type of project to another without any problem.

I use a lot of corrugated cardboard in my art projects which can be really tiring on the hands to cut. That’s where I learned to love the fact that the tension on these Westcott Extreme Edge Titanium scissors can be adjusted. The scissors come with a Blade Tension Key – a fabulous idea – so the blades can be easily adjusted for varying cutting materials.

Westcott_linda_neff_craft_critique_4I loosened the blades just slightly to test the scissors on the corrugated cardboard. What a difference it made! With the tension adjusted for the thicker material it was very easy to cut through quite a lot of chipboard pieces with a whole lot less pain in my hand.

Westcott_linda_neff_craft_critiqueOverall I have to say for the street price, less than $15, these scissors seem like the perfect little workhorse. The fact that the blade tension can be adjusted also should help the blades stay sharper longer. I’ve been using them on a variety of materials – fabric, paper, chipboard and corrugated cardboard – with ease. The lightweight scissors have very comfortable ergonomic nylon handles. My only worry is that I will put the Blade Tension Key in a safe place and when I need it I won’t remember where that safe place is. I wish it could be attached to the scissor handle somehow.

Pros:

  • Very comfortable to hold and use
  • Easily cuts through a variety of materials – from fabrics to paper products
  • Includes a Blade Tension Key for tension adjustment

Cons:

  • Includes a Blade Tension Key that could be lost

Westcott Extreme Edge 8″ Titanium Scissorsare available from a variety of office supply and crafts retailers, or the Westcott website, for around $12.50.

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Linda Neff

Linda Neff discovered through her first attempt at scrapbooking she could create art her way and has been doing just that for the past 12 years. A mixed-media artist, she likes to use rubber stamps, inks, paints, paper, fabric and other mediums, to create a vintage look that is earthy and organic. She is the mother of three adult children and lives with her retired husband in Michigan. She and daughter, Rachel, own Green Door Studio where she teaches classes and upcycles furniture pieces. She has served on several design team and is Ranger certified and always on the lookout for new techniques. She has been published in Somerset Studio, Somerset Memories, Somerset Apprentice and Hobby Lobby magazines.

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9 Responses to Review | Westcott Extreme Edge Titanium Scissors

  1. MARIA SOTO December 11, 2013 at 2:55 pm #

    I love these brand of cutting tools, I have many of their products and love how you can use them on everything, including fabric, I’ve used them to cut up soda cans and wire when I can’t find my wire cutters. I also love how you can switch hands with ease, I’m right handed but sometimes I use my left to cut, and this scissors make it easy to do that.

    • linda December 13, 2013 at 8:02 pm #

      Thanks for the response, Maria. I really like these scissors too!

  2. Westcott Brand December 11, 2013 at 5:45 pm #

    Thanks Craft Critique and Linda Neff for the glowing product review!

    • linda December 13, 2013 at 8:00 pm #

      You are quite welcome! I continue to use these scissors in my studio and in classes and the students love them. I really appreciate how they go from cardboard to fabric with ease.

  3. Barbara in FLA December 12, 2013 at 6:37 am #

    From the photo, it appears that these shears are designed for right handed use. As a “lefty” I can’t tell you how hard these would be on my hand.

    • linda December 13, 2013 at 7:58 pm #

      The pair I received were right-handed, Barbara, however, the comment from Maria would indicate that she has used the Westcott Brand in her left hand with ease as well.

  4. C.darwin December 12, 2013 at 4:26 pm #

    Love that you can adjust the tension!

    • linda December 13, 2013 at 7:56 pm #

      Me too! I thought being able to adjust the tension was pretty cool!

  5. Sweet Sticky Rainbow December 27, 2013 at 8:10 am #

    Never seen a device to adjust the scissors. Learn something new every day.