As one of the largest manufacturers of hand and power tools, Apex Tool Group is no stranger to hardware retailers, professionals and DIYers. Apex Tool Group brands include SATA®, GEARWRENCH®, Crescent®, Campbell®, Cleco®, Weller® and APEX®. In 2017, the Crescent brand was expanded to include other popular brands from Apex. One of those brands is Wiss®, which dates back to 1848 with the launch of their scissor factory in New Jersey.
We had the opportunity to review their 8.5” all-purpose scissors and the 11” high-leverage tradesmen shears. During unpacking, one item immediately caught my attention. In the upper righthand corner on the package is an icon depicting the use of the product—either general or job site. I thought it was a clever idea for consumers to quickly identify which scissors or shears best fit their usage.
The 8.5” all-purpose scissors feature a stainless knife-edge blade for smooth cuts. The 11” tradesmen shears have a titanium-serrated blade designed to handle a multitude of uses. Both are designed for right- and left-hand use and feature a limited lifetime warranty. Since the 11” shears are for job site use they also feature a spring-loaded handle to reduce fatigue and the metal blade extends through the handles for extra strength. Click here to view a quick video of the line.
We provided the all-purpose scissors to a mix of people for use around the house and in the kitchen. Since the tradesmen shears are meant for job site use, we contacted a few pros in various trades from landscaping to roofing. Both groups commented on the ergonomics of the handles and overall product quality. Our pros could not stop commenting on the various materials they cut and how easily the blade cut through it with limited hand pressure.