I've always loved cutting paper. I used to sit for hours cutting things out of magazines or catalogs when I was younger. And when I first started scrapbooking, I continued to enjoy cutting out embellishments for my pages. However, I have arthritis and now my joints get very stiff, often preventing me from being able to use traditional scissors. But when I got these, I found that I could enjoy cutting as much as I did when I was a kid. They're really comfortable on the joints with no little holes to get your fingers stuck in. And they have very fine, sharp tips so you can cut into corner or around curves with the same ease. With these scissors I can cut the most intricate designs without having to take any pain medication!
Knowing these scissors were Fiskars, I immediately though they would be great. I was given these scissors as part of a present, and would deffinately not buy them again. I don't have a cover for them and they are really quite sharp. They are great for fussy cutting due to the fine point, but I find the locking clip moves up and down while I'm cutting and sometimes locks the scissors while I'm using them. Also after using them for only 3 weeks they are already needing an oil? They don't want to open up fully (without help) which can slow down cutting time. The way you grip these scissors can be a little tricky to get used to, but the spring deffinately helps with hand-fatigue when doing a big cutting job.
I've read all the other reviews written about these scissors before my review, and, I agree with everything already written. I want to add that the scissors come with a little plastic cover for the sharp blades, and, so, they're very safe. I do like the little locking feature pointed out in another review for the same safety reasons. I am a beginner, and in the books I read about scrapbooking, I found that fine/detail-work scissors were recommended, and, that scissors with the spring-assisted feature were recommended, especially for the fine/detail-work. A younger scrapbooking friend was puzzled and thought the "regular" scissors would be better for me, but, although I'm not "old" per se (I'm turning 38 in less than a month), it is definitely easier on my hands, and, I appreciate a pair of scissors that won't trap my fingers in its finger/grip holes.
This product made the impossible possible. I spent 30 years using right-handed scissors or poorly made left-handed ones. I love collage but all the cutting, snipping and trimming kept me away from it. Same with scrapbooking. Fiskars made the first trimmer that worked and they made these. If my arthritis is bothering me I can still use them with ease because they are simple to hold and the spring does half the work! The blades are very high quality. They can be sharpened professionally once or twice (I do a LOT of cutting) but keep the edge a very long time. They also have a super sharp point perfect for tiny-tiny snips or super detail work. The quality also allows these to work on more that paper -- I've even cut thin leather. This is the best out there. You won't be disappointed.
I have been scrapping since 97. These were one of my earlier purchases. I do lots of paper piecing, cutting out stamp images, cutting things out of print papers etc. These are perfect. I have used them for several hours at a time & I have never had hand pain with them. These are one of my most used tools. Fiskars makes a larger pair of soft handled scissors & I have those too. I use those for when I am cutting larger things but if I did not have them, I could certainly use the smaller ones. I do have Cutterbee scissors to cut stickers & sticky stuff so I don't get anything on these. I could never use the cutterbees for detail work because they have a round circle hole for the handles. I like the Cutterbees for stickers though.