You’ll know from the first cut
How do your shears feel in your hand? Does the grip feel natural? Offset grips, which move the thumb forward toward the index finger are better at promoting ease of use and lessen the pressure on your wrist and tendons.
(For those who suffer from hand, wrist or elbow pain…see some easy exercises designed for hair stylists and barbers.)
Next, there’s the weight of the scissor. Normally slight variations in weight are not an issue but if you choose an extremely ornate dragon handle, for instance, the extra weight could be a problem.
If you’re used to basic stainless, or – heaven forbid – cast scissors, you may notice a more substantial feel when you move to hand-forged, high-quality steel shears made of Hitachi 314 or VG-10 Gold steel.
[Note: Most reputable websites offer a 100% Satisfaction 30 Day Money Back Guarantee and a Limited Lifetime Warranty so you’re covered if for some reason the shears “just don’t feel right”]