Just This Once, Pay Attention to Scissors

(Bloomberg Businessweek) -- Scissors have been around for thousands of years, but there hasn’t been much innovation in the category since the days of King George III, when English entrepreneur Robert Hinchliffe produced the first pair made of cast steel. That changed last year when Fiskars introduced its PowerArc Easy Action 13-inch tin snips ($50). Its patent-pending curved blade is angled for up to 40 percent more power, and the oversize loops—one of them open—are even roomy enough to use with thick gloves.

The Competition

• Klein Tools’ industrial high-leverage shears have one serrated edge for better grip, but the $26 pair comes armed with only an 8-inch blade.

• Clauss Cutlery Co. measures up with 10-inch blades and ergonomically molded handles on its $25 PowerFlexx.

• The 10-inch blades of Wiss’s shop shears ($15) are forged from durable titanium, but an adjustable pivot may make them loosen over time.

The Case

Every detail of the Easy Action tin snips, down to the fixed pivot bolt, is excellently designed. The thick blades make quick work of siding and sheet metal. A textured soft grip nudges your hands into the right position, so you can leverage your full strength. They’re lightweight enough to dramatically reduce hand fatigue, and an easy-open lock will protect the blades when not in use. $50; fiskars.com

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