Reported by Heather Strenzwilk
The one thing that you have to get used to with this style of scissors is the shorter cutting edge. Although these are considered 8 inch scissors, the actual cutting edge measures 2 inches. Because I was trimming shorter items, this wasn’t too much of an issue for me, although it might be for others.
I forgot to photograph the cut ends before the arrangement was completed.
I had two issues with the scissors: The first is that the package describes the grips as “cushioned” but I found them uncomfortable with prolonged use. This was one of the reasons why I stopped using them to trim rubber stamps (the blades also stuck to the rubber.) My second issue with these scissors is that they do not come with a case or sheath. The tips are sharp and if dropped they will make a nick on your brand new office floor. Tim Holtz scissors come with a very handy cover.
- Sharp tips let you cut with the entire length of the blade
- No case or cover- beware of the sharp tips (although the company does sell leather sheaths)
- Most of their product line is not manufactured in the US
So in summary, these are pretty good scissors and would probably be better if I used them exclusively for bonsai or fresh flower cutting. I own at least 15 pairs of scissors and the Barnel shears are definitely among the sharpest. But because they lack a protective case and comfortable grips, I prefer my other scissors. I rate the Barnel Stainless Steel Floral Shears as 8/10 for gardening and 7/10 for regular crafting.