Knowledgeable tool selection can greatly enhance the enjoyment of your hobby, modeling, or craft. Appropriate tools allow you to work more precisely, safely, and comfortably. Within a short time period, the up-front money invested in higher quality tools will save you frustration, effort, and hassle by not damaging or ruining various projects. Here is a bit of advice to help aid in a few different hand tool selections:
Shear Cutters, in comparison to compression cutters, have cutting edges that are designed to bypass rather than meet edge-to-edge. You can see the blade bypass if you examine the head of any of your micro-shear cutters. Their shearing action, accomplished by ultra precise CNC ground edges, they are cut so close and clean that post cut trimming with a utility knife is normally eliminated. An additional benefit is that shear cutting requires only about half the effort of compression cutting than standard cutters.
Ultraflush Cutting Shears have minimal outside edge bevel. They are designed to give the closest and most pinch-free cut available. For this very reason, these shears are inappropriate for use on anything other than soft materials. Cutting materials like paper screws or paper clips will result in damage and scarring of the edges.
High Precision Shears have special, ultra-tapered shape and profile that allows access in restricted areas. Cutting at the very tip of these shears should be reserved for occasions when extra precision is required. Care should be observed to avoid over-cutting the shear's capacity at the tip.