In our trials this pruner was very durable and well made for the cost, unlike those cheap ones you'd find at the big box stores. The pre-sharpened blades are made of steel that makes a smooth cut for pruning dead branches off shrubs and woody perennials. The handle has a red coated comfortable grip with a finger-flick catch lock to close for safety. This all purpose pair should last for years. Over length is 8 1/2".