I've had no good experiences with these things! One time I bought one made by fiskers because I thought it was a decent brand and it was such a bad design that it gave me a blister after literally a few minutes of use! And I have pretty tough hands! At least two other pairs have quickly broken and none of them have cut very well. I only have a small area around a fire pit and and by house entry ways that I like to keep looking neat and manicured and I really don't want to resort to an electric or gas powered weed whipper. The scythe works good when there aren't so many obstacles and I don't care about getting every single blade of grass.
Any brands or models currently being sold that you'd recommend?
In my experience every pair of shears like this falls apart. Also the hand motion is fatiguing. I've given up on shears, a sickle is my tool of choice for this kind of detail work. No moving parts to break and the muscles used are larger and have more endurance.
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I wasn't sure which Jessica meant but if I do reach for something other than a kama 鎌 or hand scythe it is a traditional shear...again for me...the better ones are still handmade in Japan, Austria, and Latvia...
Thanks for the tips!
I should try out a sickle or hand scythe sometime. I've been meaning to just didn't think of it right away when posting this. I'd still get a shears type too since it's a very small area I regularly maintain and it's probably more kid-friendly for when I ask my boys to clean up for a bonfire night.