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Vendor Spotlight: Westcott Titanium Bonded™ scissors and shears

Reported by Heather Strenzwilk

If you say “Westcott” at my house, my family may look at you oddly but if you ask “where are the good scissors?” they’ll grab a pair of Westcott Titanium Scissors. We have been using Westcott office products in our home for years, and I have always been pleased by their durability and dependability. Westcott has been in business since 1872! Along with their full line of office products, they have a full line of crafting products including shears, paper trimmers, paper crimpers and decorative rulers.


For this review, I had the opportunity to test a lot of scissors. Normally, I tend to use my two or three favorites while doing paper crafts. Westcott sent me me scissors ranging from 3″ precision to 5″ detail to 6″ spring-assisted to 8″ non-stick and bent, plus a hobby knife, a 12″x12″ self-healing cutting mat, and three paper trimmers. Before I discuss the specific scissors, here are some general observations:

  • All of the scissors have Titanium bonded blades which are five times harder than stainless steel, which make them stay sharper longer.
  • All of the scissors have contoured handles and all but the precision and nonstick scissors feature RibGrip® handles. The smooth handles are comfortable and the scissors didn’t slip even when my hands are damp.
  • All of the scissors have pink and raspberry handles and I love having a full, matching set of scissors. The only drawback is that if the pink rubber part rubs against anything like a newspaper or pencil the handles get smudged.

The 3″ detail scissors were perfect for trimming around these shoe images from Squigglefly Digital Stamps

Here we get to the nitty gritty about each style of scissors:

3″ Precision Scissors are ambidextrous and are perfect for small jobs like cutting a thread, or closely trimming paper. Their small size makes them perfect to take to a crop or to carry in a purse. Their 1 inch cutting blades did a fair job trimming around digital images that I printed on 80# cardstock, but I have large hands and these felt too small to me.

5″ Pointed Scissors are ambidextrous and come with a snugly fitting blade cover and lanyard. This size is the same size as standard children’s scissors but due to their very sharp tip, these would not be good for younger children. These scissors cut well and with two inch cutting blades, I felt more productive cutting with these. The plastic cover fits snugly, yet is easy enough to remove. These scissors would be perfect to take to a crop and they wouldn’t damage your other supplies. The lanyard is a unique idea; a great way to keep the scissors handy and might be helpful to a camp counselor or activities aide who is helping multiple crafters.

6″ Spring-Assisted Scissors were my least favorite pair. The scissors lock for storage or for safety. The sliding plastic lever which controls the locking mechanism is loose in the open position on my pair, so when they are open the slider shifts so that the blades can’t fully cut, so you have to stop and push the lever out of the way, or tilt the scissors in a ‘blade up’ fashion to move the lever back. The lower handle has a small loop to add a charm or identifier so they don’t get lost, which is a clever idea. They are ergonomically designed to reduce hand fatigue. Despite numerous attempts at using these, they always felt awkward (and the lever problem didn’t help). Despite the RibGrip® handles, these scissors slipped out of my hand while cutting and with their sharp tip, I was worried about injuring myself.

8″ Non-Stick Scissors have specially coated blades which help prevent them from getting sticky after cutting glue, adhesive or tape. These straight edge scissors are best suited for paper products; I used them to cut some double stick tape and sticker paper and I didn’t have any problems. Although the scissors performed fine for me, I did note that the nonstick coating is already wearing off on the inside blade tips. The product packaging says to wipe the blades with a damp cloth if there is adhesive build-up.

8″ Bent Shears are perfect for cutting denim or other fabrics.

8″ Bent Shears are a great addition to my sewing basket. I recently learned that bent shears are a good tool for cutting fabric on a table. Because they sit flat against the table, there is less up and down action so the fabric doesn’t pull, resulting in a straighter, more accurate cut. The best way to keep your shears sharp is to designate them for fabric only- never use them to cut paper. I used the 8″ Bent Shears to cut some lightweight cotton fabric and an old pair of jeans and cuts were very smooth.

Sample cuts from left to right: detail,spring assist, detail, non stick

Like most tools, different sizes of scissors are best suited for certain materials or projects. My personal preference has always been toward larger, heavier scissors for most of my paper cutting and of course shears for fabric. One thing I should note is that scissors and shears are measured by their full length, not their blade length. For example the 3″ Details Scissors have a 1 inch cutting blade. If you are doing a project with larger paper, you should use longer scissors because you’ll make less cuts and therefore be more accurate.

I used 8″ bent shears to cut the legs off an old pair of jeans to make this jeans purse (my lack of sewing skills shows!)

Most of the scissors I tested are adjustable thanks to an adjustable pivot. The 8″ Bent shears have an exposed screw, which can easily be adjusted with a Phillips Head Screwdriver. The Non-Stick scissors have a decorative cap which can easily be popped off to expose the screw. I have owned some of my Westcott Scissors for nearly 5 years and I have never needed to adjust or sharpen them; hopefully the new series will be just as dependable. One last note about the product packaging, some of the larger scissors and shears are carded so that you can open and close the handles before you buy them, which is a nice way to see how the scissors feel in your hand.

Pros:

  • The RibGrip® handles are comfortable and help keep you maintain control while cutting.
  • The raspberry/pink color scheme stands out and can easily be found on a cluttered craft table.
  • The 5″ Pointed Scissors with a cover and lanyard are safe, practical and convenient.

Cons:

  • The coating on the Non-Stick Scissors is showing wear after a few weeks of use.
  • Why don’t the 3″ Detail Scissors come with a protective cover or pouch?
  • A loose locking mechanism lever on the 6″ Spring-Assisted Scissors inhibit them from being used properly. Is my pair defective or is this a design flaw?

Overall, I was satisfied with the scissors, especially the Bent Shears, Non-stick Scissors and Detail Scissors. All of the scissors cut cleanly for their particular use- paper or fabric. The contoured handles and RibGrip® coating made them comfortable to hold and use for extended periods of time. Although I personally prefer longer (8″ scissors) for most projects, the 5″ Pointed Scissors with fitted blade cover and lanyard are very handy, portable and safe. I would highly recommend the 8″ scissors, shears and 5″ Pointed Scissors, I recommend the non-stick and detail scissors but I do not recommend the spring assisted scissors based on my experience with them. One last note, I have been using Westcott Titanium scissors in my home for nearly 5 years and they cut just as well now as when I bought them home.


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54 Responses to Vendor Spotlight: Westcott Titanium Bonded™ scissors and shears

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    Liz May 13, 2010 at 2:08 pm #

    I don’t like the way the scissors I have now stick and don’t cut properly. I use 3″ scissors the most. Would love to win Westcott items….

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    wilcoxdesigns May 13, 2010 at 2:23 pm #

    I use my 3″ detail scissors the most. I haven’t tried Westcott brand but would love to try them out.

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    Btrflywmn May 13, 2010 at 2:32 pm #

    I have a pair of 8″ scissors from Wal-Mart, nothing special. They cut ok, not great, I would love to win this prize. I really like the purse, very cute, I’m not a great at sewing.

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    cndymkr / jean May 13, 2010 at 2:36 pm #

    After using my scissors for a while my hands start to cramp up. They work wonderfully I just wish they were more comfortable.

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    Janet May 13, 2010 at 2:38 pm #

    I’m using tonic scissors at the moment and would love to try these out.

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    Do Be Do Bead Do May 13, 2010 at 2:57 pm #

    My favorite scissors ARE Westcott Titaniums … would love to have more!

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    Anita May 13, 2010 at 3:04 pm #

    Have used Westcott for a few years now after just picking a randum pair at Wal-Mart. They work like a charm!
    The shoe card is just so cute! Glad I stumbled onto this blog.
    anitadarlingg at gmail.com

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    Louise Dubord May 13, 2010 at 3:08 pm #

    Very interesting! I need to change my scissors for a better quality…

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    Nitasha May 13, 2010 at 4:01 pm #

    I adore my new Tim Holtz Tonic scissors because they truly cut like butter!!! The serrated edge and versatlity allow for amazingly precise cutting!
    However, after reading this reveiw I would really like to try Westcott’s scissors too. Thank you for the information and opportunity to win some Wescott items!

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    Brenda May 13, 2010 at 4:38 pm #

    I use the Fiskars sewing scissors and love the feel of them. I need to sharpen them at least once a year due to some large charity projects that I work on (cutting fringe on fleece blankets). I’d love to have a pair that needs less sharpening!

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    Lysa May 13, 2010 at 4:44 pm #

    Oh SCISSORS!!! A crafter just can’t have enough of them. I try and try to keep my paper scissors separate from my ribbon scissors but to no avail they end up getting ruined. I would love to win this ’cause like I said a crafter just can’t have enough of them.
    Lysa
    ps I use fiskars spring grips and am on my 5th or so pair.

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    Pam May 13, 2010 at 4:45 pm #

    I really like all your tutorial and comments that you share on products. It makes it a lot easier when I go to buy something. These scissors look fabulous. I have always used Fiskars but the next time I need a pair of new ones I will definitely check out the Westcott

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    msfreida May 13, 2010 at 4:58 pm #

    What a great review! There are so many types of scissors out, as well as manufacturers…just too many to choose from! I use my 3″ most of the time, but I am not completely satisfied with their performance. I have heard wonderful things about the Westcotts and would love to give them a try.

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    Peggy May 13, 2010 at 5:09 pm #

    I would love to win Westcott scissors. I have like 3 different pairs of scissors here and I don’t really care for any of them. I just grab whichever strike my fancy at the time. Would love to have a pair that I just love.

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    Rebecca May 13, 2010 at 5:27 pm #

    I have a Fiskars large pair of scissors and a pair of mini EK success scissors. I love both for papercrafting because they are non stick.

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    Beth May 13, 2010 at 6:01 pm #

    I am not happy with the handle of my fiskar scissors. I have had them for a while and part of the handle broke. I will have to look for the Westcott scissors. I really like the bent handle shears.

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    rush8888 May 13, 2010 at 6:06 pm #

    the scissor i am using now is very sharp. it doesn’t seem to get gunky with adhesive. there is no name on them.

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    esther May 13, 2010 at 6:08 pm #

    I don’t like sticky blades. The Westcott range looks really good, all of them.

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    Savannah O'Gwynn May 13, 2010 at 6:12 pm #

    I really like how sharp my scissors are–I love sharp scissors! I like small scissors too–I do a lot of paper piecing:) THANKS so much! WOULD LOVE TO WIN!

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    Heather May 13, 2010 at 6:25 pm #

    I need new scissors. I don’t know the band of what I am currently using, but they were cheep and I need better ones that will cut without chewing up my paper.

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    barbs May 13, 2010 at 7:09 pm #

    I would love scissors that stay sharp and do not accumulate “sticky stuff” on the blades. Thanks for the chance to win.

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    Jessica Kelly Willett May 13, 2010 at 7:21 pm #

    Right now all I have are fiskars I’ve had since I kept them in my desk in elementary school and kitchen scissors. I would really love some new ones, especially the ones that will work great with fabric and ribbon! New scissors just aren’t in the budget right now. 🙂

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    Lindsey May 13, 2010 at 7:25 pm #

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    Lindsey May 13, 2010 at 7:28 pm #

    I use my Cutterbee scissors for detail cutting, and generic scissors for everything else. I would love a chance to try Westcott scissors! How are their trimmers?

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    thestampinglady May 13, 2010 at 9:49 pm #

    My scissors seem to dull way too soon. I am always having them sharpened. Thanks for the chance to win such a wonderful prize package.

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    Kim May 13, 2010 at 10:12 pm #

    I use Fiskars for papercrafting and sewing. I love the sharp points when I have to cut intricate patterns. The only thing I don’t like about them is that the finger holes are a bit small and my finger kind gets caught as I pull it out when I am done cutting.

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    StampinCathy May 13, 2010 at 11:02 pm #

    I would love to try the Westcott Scissors. They sound fabulous.

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    Henna May 14, 2010 at 1:22 am #

    this is a very nice site, yes your handi work shows but its ok, its the creativity that count over here and in that department you have done a fabulous job!!

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    Chris C May 14, 2010 at 2:02 am #

    I currently use Fiskars scissors and would swear by them but I have not used any non-stick scissors – they sound brilliant.

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    Patty May 14, 2010 at 2:33 am #

    I use my Cutterbee scissors the most – not sure what size they are? I hate how my hands cramp up after cutting with them for a while, I think I need ones with more padded handles! I also do not like how the safety blade cover doesn’t snap on tightly – it seems to come off too easily.

    Thanks for your detailed review and for the chance to win.

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    Donna VW May 14, 2010 at 5:40 am #

    Most of my paper cutting is with one of my fiskars trimmers. But for scissors, I am in love with the Tim Holtz Tonic scissors – they are absolutely no stick and do a great job for fussy cutting. For sewing my old ginghers are my favorite. They are “the good scissors” in my home. I hide them. For general cutting I usually reach for one of my many pairs of fiskars. They are both affordable and dependable. When I find them on sale I stock up for classes.

    With all this said – the pink Westcotts would certainly match my craft room better!

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    christina #4635 May 14, 2010 at 6:19 am #

    I love extra sharp scissors for detail cutting for paper crafts. I also like bright colored handle on scissors so that I can find them easily in my crafty space. Awesome giveaway!

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    Elaine A May 14, 2010 at 8:11 am #

    I use several pairs of scissors. A large 8″ bent pair, a 7″ pair, Tim Holtz’s Tonic scissor, the Fiskar’s 5″ Easy Action Micro-Tip Titanium Scissors (which I love for detail), a larger pair of spring scissors (I love these because it takes so little effort to use). I guess I have a “thing” for scissors. I have them through out the house as well as in my studio!

    Elaine Allen

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    debbie May 14, 2010 at 8:19 am #

    My ek success scissors cut very well but I would just love to try these, they look great

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    iring May 14, 2010 at 10:06 am #

    Hmm, I think I was measuring my scissors wrong! I tend to grab a pair of 8-inch creative memories scissors I was given for attending a party a looong time ago. They’re fine when I’m making cards, but new scissors, especially for paper would be wonderful!

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    Bridget =) May 14, 2010 at 1:15 pm #

    i currently use a pair of cutterbee scissors, but they are getting gummed up!

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    smahrty May 14, 2010 at 1:42 pm #

    A great scissor makes all the difference, you are right! I have special scissors for lots of different things, including kitchen sheers for food only.

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    Cassi May 14, 2010 at 2:39 pm #

    i hate how hard they are to clean!

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    Bonnie in SC May 14, 2010 at 3:59 pm #

    Wow, what a great assortment of cutting tools. I sure could use those. The biggest problem I have with my current scissors is hand fatigue. I have arthritis and cutting really puts a strain on my hands. I miss sewing because of that. Thanks for the opportunity. 🙂

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    LuAnn May 14, 2010 at 4:43 pm #

    I prefer smaller scissors for a more precise cut. the thing I hate about my “good” scissors is that they are never where I left them and I’m constantly calling out “Where are my good scissors!!!”

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    StacyC May 14, 2010 at 4:59 pm #

    I have a pair of Cutterbee’s that I do intricate cutting with, and I am looking to find a good pair of all around scissors.. I find myself using my scrap booking scissors for fabric at times I don’t want to use my pinking shears… Shame on me….

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    Artful Hands May 14, 2010 at 5:46 pm #

    I like the easy grip of the Tonic scissors but not the short blade and serrated edge of the cut. I prefer a long blade for long cuts but mostly use a 3 inch blade for trimming and cut outs.

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    nullgraph May 14, 2010 at 8:21 pm #

    I have only 1 pair scissors for cutting fabric that I got at Ikea. Needless to say I was rather surprised at the varieties of them mentioned here.

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    kkaisu May 14, 2010 at 10:16 pm #

    I use my cutterbees the most – but haivng those in non stick would be awesome. thanks for the chance to win!

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    sucor May 15, 2010 at 12:07 am #

    I would love to find a brand of assorted sizes that would be comfortable for lefties. I do have a small pair of Fiskars spring ones that I like because it doesn’t matter that I am left handed with this style of scissors – that’s why I use these the most even when I should use a larger pair.

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    Rebecca Ednie May 15, 2010 at 1:21 am #

    I love my scissors except they are crazy dull! I need new ones!

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    Becky May 15, 2010 at 11:40 am #

    I use the Tim Holtz and Stamping up scissors, they are pretty good, but I would try these out and see.

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    Cat May 15, 2010 at 12:45 pm #

    I’ve had my Fiskars micro tip scissors ever since I started scrapping and never sharpened them until now. I would love to try some comparable scissors that are non stick.

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    Kimba's Kreations May 15, 2010 at 4:50 pm #

    What I LOVE about the scissors that I currently use is that it is a great size for me when cutting out stamped images. What I hate about it is adhesive sticks to it very easily and it gets dull quickly….so getting scissors from Westcott would be AWESOME! Thanks for the chance!

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    Lizzie May 15, 2010 at 5:54 pm #

    My current scissors are a JOKE! they’re from a certain big box store and I’ve been using them to cut my poor fabric ( yeah Yeah, I know, but seriously, I’m on a tight budget here!) I would LOVE to get my hands on something that wouldn’t destroy fabric and cut a nice smooth line instead!

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    Khunter47 May 15, 2010 at 7:26 pm #

    I am always looking for a good pair of scissors. I have not tried this brand before. Would love to win a set. Thanks for the chance.

    Khunter47

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    Bec May 16, 2010 at 3:15 am #

    I looove my little tiny scissors as they are great for intricate cutting.

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    Cristina May 16, 2010 at 5:04 pm #

    I currently use 8″ non stick scissors by Fiskars and I like them. The non stick feature is nice!

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    Noreen May 17, 2010 at 2:11 pm #

    I like scissors that are really sharp. And I like scissors that will cut anything. These two qualities are not found in the same pair of scissors, so I have different scissors for different uses.