Each Geib Gator Shear is manufactured from a high-quality stainless steel alloy with a Rockwell Hardness rating of 57. This alloy allows the blade to be honed to razor sharpness. Blades stay sharp for months. Shears are precision weighted and balanced. Handles and finger rests are contoured for maximum comfort. Double screw tension produces smooth scissoring. All of these features combine for a shear that drastically reduces the amount of effort needed for scissoring. The result is an increase in productivity and a reduction in hand fatigue. Gator 88-Style curved and Straight Shear has a wider blade and measures 8 1/2".