Pros: Edge Retention, Blade Sharpness, Blade Material
Cons: Overall Quality, None
Great Delivery, Good Functionality, 2 Minor Yet Important Issues
Nothing but great things to say about the online ordering process and delivery: The product arrived well-packaged, in two business days, for a shipping cost of $2.99. Beyond that, I confess up front that this review might be a little on the nit-picky side, in part because these shears were intended to replace another pair of shears that I purchased about 20 years ago, and which appear to be irreplaceable. I chose these shears after searching tirelessly to find another pair of Karina Sulingen 866 shears, as mine have become slightly worn. It appears that these shears are no longer manufactured, so I went with the Camila Solingen shears instead, hoping that they would be identical except for the brand stamp. Although they function well for the grooming of facial hair, they differ from the Karina Sulingen shears in two important ways. First, and most importantly, they are shorter. In the case of the Karina Sulingen shears, with the blades closed, it’s exactly 5” from the tip of the blades to the furthest point of the large finger loop. With the Camila Solingen shears, this measurement is 4 & 7/8”. Measuring from the tip to the furthest point on the small finger loop is 4 & 13/16”. And measuring to the end of the finger rest is 5 & 7/16”. Because of this, I question how the 5” measurement is determined. A difference of only 1/8” might sound negligible, but the feel of the shears is altered by it. Otherwise I wouldn’t have thought to measure. The other issue is cosmetic and doesn’t affect functionality. The flange that bridges the blade to the handle isn’t well ground/polished. I’d need to know more about metal working to explain this further, but the effect is to give a bit of a slaggy appearance. This isn’t super-noticeable, but it nonetheless constitutes a flaw in workmanship. The original Karina Sulingen shears, my basis of comparison, are well ground/polished throughout, and don’t exhibit this feature.