Having used a wide variety of hand pruners over the past 35 years nothing can compare with the Felco #8 for precision and ease of use. My pet peeves with other pruners are lack of holding an edge, sticking blades and lack of contact along the cutting guide. None of these are present with my Felco #8. Their durability is amazing too!
I bought my first pair of #8's in 1985. I still use them every day. Have not replaced any parts on them. They are all original and are like brand new. Would not buy any other brand but Felco!