I have been using these Prestige medical-style shears for about 18 months now. When I bought them, it was sort of a gamble, as I knew nothing of the brand, but I’ve been pleased with how well they’ve held up.
These shears are probably more featured than I need. I haven’t really made use of the non-stick coating, nor do I have the need or means to autoclave them.
I moved these scissors to the kitchen tool drawer a few months ago, ever since my wife presented me with an older pair of office scissors that broke in half. I think she was cutting plastic clamshell packaging, or something of the sort, and they broke my paper scissors. These scissors should hold up a lot better to general around-the-house usage.
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To be honest, I had half expected to find something about these shears to complain about. I mean, for under $10, how good could they be? But that is a rather unfair way to look at things.
I’m sure that if I used them on sheet metal, or to cut Kevlar fiber, or something to that effect, I’d ruin them pretty quickly.
I’ve been using these shears for cutting off clothing tags, quickly opening plastic packaging, and for every other manner of everyday household use. They work better than office scissors, thanks to the serrations that help to grip whatever’s being cut, and I do like the blunted tips.
If I know I’ll need the scissors for a few things, I don’t mind slipping them into a pocket. That’s something you cannot really do with regular pointy scissors.
I’ll update this post if a handle falls off, the blades bend, or the pivot break, but I really don’t see that happening.
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I still very much love my mini Engineer scissors, and tend to use them more for higher precision tasks and whenever I want to stash near-full-size scissors in a compact tool bag or tool box. My Midwest Knifti-Cut general purpose snips are built a little stronger and will always have a place in my tool box as well.
Milwaukee’s offset scissors, with its serrated lower blade, are also great all-around scissors.