Fancy looking shears do not always mean good but handcrafted shears do. They key to optiumum performance is exceptional craftsmanship. Above Shears are expertly crafted for excellence and durability.
Most shears are 440C which are all sorts of different molybdenum alloys. In general, the more cobalt contained in the steel construction, the better the shears. The more cobalt present, the lower the magnetic pull. Above Shears are constructed of the finest steel alloy.
A steel hardness of 55 is about average. The harder the metal, the longer the edge will last. Cutting is best done with a shear that is a bit harder, especially dry cutting. Above Shears has mastered the skill of achieving the precise level of hardness for maximum durability while maintaing smooth cutting.
In general, wider blades will perfrom more efficiently with larger sections and dry cutting; narrower blades will perform bettter with smaller sections and wet cutting. Sword blades are when there is a ridge or spine going down the lenght of the blade.