Why I ditched those pretty scissors.

All over Instagram, you’ll see florists, product stylists, and lots of other people sharing photos of styled flat lays including scissors that look like these ones. 

I would name names or share photos from other people, but that’s probably not necessary – you’ve definitely seen ‘em.  You don’t need my help with this.

I have two pairs of these pretty scissors.  One was given to me as an attendee at a Saipua workshop, and the other I purchased myself.  After I returned from the workshop, I was so excited to use the beautiful, very sharp shears at work at the shop.  Or so I thought.

I work in an extremely busy flower shop.  We not only have daily delivery orders, walk in clients, and standing weekly and monthly orders, but we also produce a large number of weddings.  Our team is small and mighty, and we cut a lot of stems.  We process a lot of flowers, and our slippers are never far from our hands or holsters.  But this means that we are exercising our hands and wrist with a huge repetitive motion, and that doesn’t come without some challenge.  Especially with those pretty looking clippers.

I used them for one day, and was in agony the next day.  My hand hurt, and it took a few days to recover.  The clippers, while beautiful, sleek, and pleasing, are not ergonomic in any way.  They are heavy, as they’re made only of steel, and they have no spring mechanism to aid in clipping. 

And I never used them in the shop again.  I use them sometimes to harvest herbs from our garden, or to prepare the herbs for drying or other purposes.  For limited use, they are wonderful, but definitely not for high volume production. 

More than that, I think it might even be a good idea to buy some foam grips to put over my current clippers.  My neighbor, Kathy, is an avid gardener and worked at the Arnold Arboretum at Harvard in her youth, and she cautioned me before about using appropriate tools, to preserve my range of motion and hand function as a young person, so I can continue clipping and using my hand in my future age.