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Sheep Hand Shears

Burgon & Ball Sheep hand shears it was said in my days (early 1970 ) were the finest made shears in the world - a fact which was then acclaimed by flock persons internationally.

They were made from quality Sheffield steel for which a premium price was paid in order to maintain the history of quality, for which Burgon & Ball had become famous for over the years.

The same age-old principles of manufacture were continued with many of the manufacturing processes being still conducted by hand, and by professionals who have been with the company for many years.

You may observe slight differences in individual shears, this is due to the handmade process and represents part of the individual quality which is not to be found in the often cheaper alternative makes. Cheapness may have its attractions but normally at a cost, usually in the area relating to quality!

With new factory regulation, the ever present eye of Health & Safety, Burgon & Ball have had to adopt new methods of production in order to comply. We regret to have to say in our opinion Burgon & Ball hand shears whilst still in many ways excellent, are not all made to the high standard one was once accustom to, certain not as in the days when we exhibited. Some customers in recent years have returned production line models fresh from the Burgon & Ball factory complaining bitterly about the quality. As an ex-showman myself I would have to fully agree.

Stockman who take the purchase of their trimming shears seriously may be interested to take a look at GERMAN "BERGER" Shears.

Some years ago I was with friends of a German Company and spotted trimming shears that reminded me of the good old days when trimming shears were hand crafted. "For Schaf?" (Sheep) I asked. "Keine für die Gartenpflanzen!" (For the garden plant!" I was informed!)

Positive, solid action, thicker blades made from a higher quality German "Solingen" steel and as one who still sharpens shears - a fantastic cutting "ride" the length (edge) right to the very end of the tip! Perfect closing tips also! The other - all important feature - a firmly sprung "bow" resulting in hardly every requiring adjustment. (Trust the German's to produce "quality" even in the garden)

Berger shears are available in both 5.5 and 6.5 inch - Funny but in my day we trimmed all day for four or five days at a time with 5.5 inch shears!

6.6 inch shears! What on earth were those?


On Burgon & Ball shears we have noticed some tips are badly forged, the occasional uneven length of blades, and the finish of the steel blades appearing uneven and in some cases undulating in the tip ends. Weaker bows leading to more frequent re- setting are the main criticism. In fairness most B & B hand shears still cut and cut well! However as ex show people we understand fully the need for quality tools when doing show preparation!

We have raised the matter with Burgon & Ball and had conversations with senior staff, but have not received to our mind a suitable explanation. We can therefore only apologise for the differing quality, which may occur from time to time. We do sort out ant bad ones and return them as unsuitable, but would say in fairness Burgon & Ball are still by far the best of what is available - even if, not today what they were years ago!

Please note that all models of the "Super Shear" blade tips do not close together until normal cutting/trimming hand pressure is applied, due to the rubber stops in the upper part of the handle. This is perfectly normal and not a fault!

Well over 80% of all sheep prepared for Agricultural Shows will have been trimmed by a Burgon & Ball Shear! If you happen to have a good pair made in the days when they were well made - take care of them!

Sheep shears are designed to last, but they do require careful treatment whether used for dagging or for show trimming. Cleaning after use and oiling before storage will preserve the blades from rust which is often quick to get established especially if the shear is used for dagging. Manure affects steel very quickly. Blades once "pitted" with rust can become difficult to maintain a good edge on.

Do not if possible drop your shears; even a fall of a few feet can cause the blades not to cut correctly. Above all do not commit the cardinal sin of pulling the blades wide apart to sharpen. This is totally un-necessary! To sharpen blades, simply part the two blades so they are slightly "ajar" and then reverse the blades over each other, which will reveal the cutting edge for sharpening.

The blade edges can be "honed" up with the use of a Burgon & Ball pocket shear sharpener and it is a good way to keep a sharp edge on your blade. The "stone" in the pocket sharpener is set to the angle the blade leave the factory so as always to fit the blade face and maintain the blade angle.

Periodically shears still need to be professionally re-sharpened and very often need to be "re-set" professionally to maintain peak performance.

Please see our Blade Sharpening services under SERVICES on the "nav bar" at the top of the Home page. (Click on the word "Peasridge" at the top of this page and it will return you to the "Home" page.)



6.5-inch - SHOW TRIMMING SHEAR Straight 6.5-inch - SHOW TRIMMING SHEAR Straight
Product Code: 1597
A 6.5-inch double bow straight red shanked trimming shear made by Burgon & Ball from quality Sheffield steel.


This is the favourite trimming shear - straight or bent, many exhibitors have both - as used by professional show people and exhibitors alike.

Double hollow ground, they are a superb trimming shear, with long tapered blades, with good sharp points - ideal for professional trimming. A great shear for fetching in the back of your exhibit.

Keep only for show work! Do not use for general trimming. Keep free of rust!

IMPORTANT CUSTOMER NOTICE

We regret to have to say in our opinion Burgon & Ball hand shears are not all made to the high standard one was once accustom to, certain not as in the days when we exhibited, and some customers have returned production line models fresh from the Burgon & Ball factory complaining about the quality.

Some tips are badly forged, uneven length of blades, the finish of the steel blades uneven and in some cases undulating, and weak bows are the main criticism. In fairness most still cut and cut well! However as ex show people we understand the need for quality tools when doing show preparation!

We have raised the matter with Burgon & Ball, but have not received to our mind a suitable explanation. We can only apologise for the differing quality, we do sort out the bad ones and return them as unsuitable, but would say in fairness Burgon & Ball are still the best of what is available - even if not today what they were years ago!

IF YOU FEEL YOU NEED TO DISCUSS YOUR REQUIREMENTS OR WANT FURTHER ADVICE

please contact us on Tel: 01424 882900

Telephone lines are open for product enquires from 1030 to 1230 hrs and from 1430 until 1630 hrs Monday to Friday.

Please note:
Our offices are shut on Saturday, Sunday and all Bank Holidays
 



Price: £25.96 (Including VAT at 20%)



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6.5-inch - SHOW TRIMMING SHEAR  Bent 6.5-inch - SHOW TRIMMING SHEAR Bent
Product Code: 1598

A 6.5-inch double bow bent red shanked trimming shear made by Burgon & Ball from quality Sheffield steel.

This is the favourite trimming shear - straight or bent, many sheep exhibitors have both - as used by professional show people and exhibitors alike.

Double hollow ground, they are a superb trimming shear, with long tapered blades, with good sharp points - ideal for professional trimming. A great shear for fetching in the necks, sides and back end of your exhibit.

Keep only for show work! Do not use for general trimming. Keep free of rust!

IMPORTANT CUSTOMER NOTICE

We regret to have to say in our opinion Burgon & Ball hand shears are not all made to the high standard one was once accustom to, certain not as in the days when we exhibited, and some customers have returned production line models fresh from the Burgon & Ball factory complaining about the quality.

Some tips are badly forged, uneven length of blades, the finish of the steel blades uneven and in some cases undulating, and weak bows are the main criticism. In fairness most still cut and cut well! However as ex show people we understand the need for quality tools when doing show preparation!

We have raised the matter with Burgon & Ball, but have not received to our mind a suitable explanation. We can only apologise for the differing quality, we do sort out the bad ones and return them as unsuitable, but would say in fairness Burgon & Ball are still the best of what is available - even if not today what they were years ago!
 



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