I wanted to take the time to post my experience using the Wicked hand pruners. I used these for two days trimming out brush, and use on my hunting property. I own, and use the small Wicked folding saw. I love it, but have a much different opinion on their pruners. I must add that I have always used Florian ratchet pruners. Love them, but decided to try a pair of the Wicked hand pruners.
-Handle ergonomics are decent.
-Seem to be made of decent materials.
-Non-ratcheting-lack of compound mechanism.
-Quickly causes hand fatique during heavy use.
-The geared nut holding the pliers together uses a small toothed locking mechanism. That little toothed lock is held in place by a small shoulder style screw. It is NOT held tight. What happens is the locking toothed nut will back off, and cause the pruner pieces to move. If you tighten the ntoothed nut it can cause the pruners to be harder to work, or too loose. I had to add a lock washer, and small flat washer to keep the toothed nut retainer/lock from allowing the main nut to loosen.
OVER ALL IMPRESSIONS:
-Although these pruners are made of decent materials, and sharp I do not like them. My advice is to save your money, and get a better ratcheting pruner. The pruner I usually use made by Florian is a much better product that has proven itself over years of use. In the end I actually regret even buying the Wicked hand pruners. I will go as far to say that I will only use them as a back up pair of pruners for basic yard work. During my use of them I actually became very frustrated by the main nut backing off over, and over. I had to constantly snug the nut up, and had to make modifications by adding the lock washer, and washer to keep the locking mechanism in place so the main nut didn't back of. I will end by saying I am HIGHLY dis-satisfied with them, bt love their folding saws.
If you are looking for a pair of light weight ratchet pruners for your hunting bag--get yourself a pair of the Florians. I have had a pair for years, and they hold up well, and cut like a knife through butter without causing severe hand fatigue during heavy use. If I would not have had to pay for the Wicked pruners--during my use of them I became so frustrated with the mechanism loosening that I almost through them down through the woods.
If I had it to do all over again--I should have never purchased the Wicked hand pruners.