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Zeagle Shears worth the premium?

Discussion in 'Knives and Cutting Tools' started by rye_a, Apr 11, 2011.

  1. rye_a

    rye_a Barracuda

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Colorado
    Considering that a set of Zeagle shears and a case cost about twice what a generic set cost, are they worth the premium? Are they twice as durable/last twice as long?
  2. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest Scuba Legend

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Santa Catalina Island, CA
    I've never used the Zeagle shears, but have bought a number of the generic kind since I prefer shears to a knife (but carry both most of the time).

    The generic shears I've purchased were generally bad. Lower quality "stainless steel" that rusted. I purchased two Trident shears that both fell out of their "holsters" on dives even though the velcro was sealed on them. The second pair fell out on the very first dive I did with them.
  3. fnfalman

    fnfalman Orca

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Southern California, USA
    I bought the Dive Rite shears for triple the cost of a regular shears. Supposedly the coating keeps it from rusting. Guess what? It didn't. So now I'm back to regular shears. They're cheap and when they get rusted out, I'll buy a new pair.
  4. BKP

    BKP Great White

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Atlanta
    Eezy-cut Trilobite. Smaller, easier/faster to deploy (IMHO), and will cut through anything the shears will (and then some)...
  5. Tortuga68

    Tortuga68 Divemaster

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Puerto Galera, Philippines
    Here's the Trilobite demo video: YouTube - EEZYCUT demonstration

    I had some sheaths made out of 2" harness webbing for $5 (I supplied the webbing). It's a lot stiffer than the sheaths that come with the shears, works well. Or you can just run a sewing machine over the standard sheath vertically, the main problem is the pocket is too wide

    Like fnfalman I just buy the cheap $9 ones and replace them... usually the pivot rusts first since it's not stainless
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2011
  6. Token

    Token Barracuda

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Calgary Alberta
    Trilobites are pretty nifty...

    I find that most shears are sold with sheaths poorly adapted for diving. If the Zeagle shears come with a really good sheath, they might be worth the extra cost.
  7. Wayne at DiveSeekers

    Wayne at DiveSeekers Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: New Jersey
    I vote for Eezycut as well! That is actually my primary cutting tool (still wear a knife,never use it) for NE Wreck Diving.

    The problem you have with all the shears is that the Nut rusts out. If you are going to go with these, I prefer the DiveRite velcro design over the Zeagle snap design.


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