To be honest, cutting through sheet metal isn’t something I have to do on a regular basis. In fact, I can’t remember the last time (until recently) that I needed a good pair of snips. Nevertheless, I was commissioned to prepare a new kitchen splashback, so these Crescent Wiss M3R seemed like the perfect choice.
Owned and operated by the Apex Tool Group, Wiss carries the pedigree of one of the biggest and most successful tool manufacturers on Earth. Having been doing what they do for more than 50 years, they tend to do it better than most. Plus, the fact that they’re the most renowned brand out there for producing quality aviation snips says all that needs to be said about their quality and performance.
In the case of the Crescent Wiss 9-3/4inch Cut Snips M3R, I primarily wondered how many tools you could expect to take home for around $10. These things usually sell for around $25 or so, but I managed to grab a bargain while they were on a special offer.
They’re apparently capable of amplifying the pressure you exert by 500%, enabling them to slice through even the toughest sheets with ease. Too much to ask for a $10 tool? You’d be forgiven for thinking so, but this turned out to be a surprising purchase for all the right reasons that I mentioned in this Crescent Wiss M3R review.
Features of Crescent Wiss M3R
This is a cool and compact pair of snips that are designed to do it all. It’s essentially a heavy-duty pair of scissors for cutting through anything conventional scissors can’t deal with. According to the manufacturer, the official specifications of the snips are as follows:
- Item Weight – 12 ounces
- Product Dimensions – 9.8 x 3 x 1 inches
All of which makes them a decent enough size to be versatile, though lightweight enough to be comfortable and practical to use. Again, however, you can’t help but wonder whether there’s much quality behind any tool you pick up for around $10. As far as the manufacturer is concerned, the primary features and selling points of the snips are as follows:
Cuts Straight and Slight Curves
The Crescent Wiss M3R is compatible with a wide variety of materials and are perfect for cutting straight lines and slight curves with smooth, accurate edges.
Precision Cast Molybdenum Blades
The premium quality blades are designed to hold onto their sharp edges indefinitely, enabling them to deal with low carbon, cold-rolled 18-gauge steel with ease.
Extensive Manufacturer’s Warranty
As always, the Crescent Wiss 9-3/4 inch MetalMaster Cut Snips M3R ship complete with an extended warranty from the manufacturer, just in case anything goes wrong along the way.
The strategic blade separations ensure that the cutting force is spread across the jaws, which improves the quality of every cut and extends the life of the tool.
Superior Design to Minimize Folding
Each aspect of Crescent Wiss M3R design has been engineered for maximum accuracy and reduced folding, making for higher-quality cuts you can count on.
Ergonomic, Single Handed Latch Operation
Perfect for right and left-handed users alike, making for a comfortable experience even with prolonged use.
Spring-Action for Fast, Effortless Feed
The handles automatically spring up again after each use, further reducing the time and effort required to deal with more difficult jobs.
My Experience with Crescent Wiss M3R
Occasionally (though quite rarely), I find myself at a loss for words. In the case of the Crescent Wiss 9-3/4 Cut Snips, there’s not a great deal you can say that really needs to be said.
Quite simply, this is a premium quality Wiss cutter that’s designed and manufactured in the United States, so it works like a charm. Each and every time, the snips quickly and effortlessly cut through surprisingly tough materials, with absolutely no dead spots or fold over.
What’s more, they’re so versatile and convenient you can even use them in place of regular scissors, where less demanding materials are concerned. Crescent Wiss 9-3/4″ MetalMaster Compound Action Snips built to last, they look the part, and they’re extremely comfortable to work with. Suffice to say, these things made light work of my kitchen splashback project and have made a (very) welcome addition to my toolbox.
- Outstanding cutting power
- Very clean and accurate cuts
- No dead spots or fold over
- Compatible with various materials
- Exceptionally easy to use
- Surprisingly lightweight
- Extensive manufacturer’s warranty
- Superb value for money
- I can’t think of any for this kind of price!
At the risk of repeating the same point several times, $10 for these is almost too cheap. In fact, I’d say they were an absolute steal if I’d picked them up for their previous selling price of around $25. I can’t speak on behalf of heavy-duty tradesmen and engineers, but for me, at least, these things performed above and beyond my expectations.
I’m not sure if the offer is still active, but I’d strongly advise taking advantage of it if it is. Even if you don’t need a pair of Crescent Wiss M3R today, I absolutely guarantee you’ll be glad you’ve got them at some point in the future!
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