This review is for the CRESCENT Wiss INLAID 22 industrial shears. If you need shears for cutting leather, carpet padding for under rugs or heavy and wide woven or plastic strapping and similar tough materials, this shears will do the job. It is a bit on the heavy side, weighing about 1 lb., four oz., that not an issue for me. Overall it is about 12-3/8 inches long with effective blade cutting length of 6 inches. The handles fit my large hand well and are well-shaped and smooth enough so that cutting tough materials has caused me no hand discomfort. It is not as smooth-cutting as another industrial shears I have, but it works well and should last a long time.
When I ordered the Wiss 12-1/2 in. Heavy Duty Industrial Shears, I got more than I bargained for. These really are for industrial use. They are huge and heavy. Well made and solidly built, they will last a lifetime, or more correctly, several lifetimes. These shears are able to snip through material that other shears can only try to "chew" through. As the manufacturer claims they are, "ideal for cutting fabrics, upholstery, and composite materials." Years ago, my mother did dress-making and would only use Wiss brand scissors and shears. She swore by the quality, and that's still true today.
Pros: Accurate, Durable, Easy to Use, Long-Lasting, Strong, Sturdy
Oh boy -- these are certainly industrial strength. They are 13 inches long from end to end and should cut through just about anything. They are heavier than regular scissors but should be able to do the job if/when you need heavy scissors with a great cutting edge. I tried them on paper first and they cut perfectly and were easy to use. I will keep them handy in my garage.
These heavy duty industrial shears are LARGE! Their size reminds me of tin snips. The length from tip to tip is 12 ¼ inches and weigh 1.2 pounds. I used then to cut ¼ inch cardboard and it was like passing a hot knife through butter! The handle rings are comfortable – even for my large hands. I can get all four fingers into the large ring but wrapping my pinky around the bottom of the ring is a bit more comfortable. The tips are very sharp and the shears come with a red plastic slide on cover that I plan to keep on – especially when I store them in the plastic hang up case that’s provided.
The product description says that these shears would be excellent for cutting fabrics, upholstery, and composite materials. I think that’s accurate. I also tried cutting through an old leather belt and had no difficulty whatsoever. The blades are forged nickel plated and I think this tool will provide many years of good service for a very reasonable price – assuming you can handle the weight.
These are very big and heavy shears. The quality, fit and finish are very poor, but what do you expect with them being made in a third world country. They definitely WHERE NOT MADE IN GERMANY that is for sure.