Pros: Overall Quality, Materials, Handle Material, Blade Material
2yrs in the O.R. and still excellent
Daily use in the Operating Room of our hospital. I bought these because cheap medical shears are useless and regular tungsten carbide edged scissors (while being sharp) tend to leap out of my pocket when running around the unit. The Raptor shears stay securely folded, clipped in my back pocket with the integral clip and can be flipped out from the folded position with one hand whilst holding the item to be cut with the other .
Uses: Everything from cutting cast material to (carefully) uncapping foil bottle tops. Trauma surgeons are always "borrowing" it to cut fiberglass cast material from the roll, plaster cast and bandages The shears are still sharp despite the adhesive-coated glass fiber. I also use the (really, really sharp!) hook to quickly cut plastic ties from the sterile drapes that cover our surgical robot.
Great quality steel and ergonomics.
Cons- Too big and chunky to trim small stuff. Blades are really thick. The safety tip does make it hard to get the blades under thin, tight material, but does render the knife very safe for its designed role of cutting next to skin. The intricate serrations on lower blade do accrue adhesive etc. if cutting gungy stuff, but they really help grip hard or slippery materials.
Shear is perhaps on the heavy side for my area of use and a 'raptor-lite' would be great (hint, hint Leatherman corp.). That being said it gets way too much use to give it up. I think that WHEN I buy my second pair I will try to grind down or lighten this pair.
One last word of warning is that when carrying the shears folded it does look like you have a monster folding knife in your back pocket. I suggest stowing it unfolded until everyone gets used to it.
Most common quote- "geez-you could cut someone's fingers right off with that!"