The blades are made of Stainless Steel, so can be cleaned in a dishwasher, however given the harsh nature of some detergents, the moving parts with the spring and the lock mechanism, it's best for long term cleaning to hand wash them or wipe with a cloth and just drop back in storage.
The blades will self-sharpen with use. As the blades are very close together small particles of grit or dirt can make it feel rough. Just give it a wipe, wash or dish-washing. The blades are made of Stainless Steel so can be sharpened with a knife sharpening steel, however care should be taken to not make a gap between the blades as this will impact the cutting action.
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The original version did not have a very sharp blade originally and the cutting force was more of a shearing action, so it may be that the blades have a small gap. You can try a combination of using a file (or knife sharpening steel) or bending the blades to try to extract some more life out of them.
Tullen Snips are designed in New Zealand by an award winning design company and manufactured to rigid specifications and quality control in China.
Tullen is a registered Trademark of Vecom Ltd, which is a 100% New Zealand owned company.
You can buy Tullen Snips at a range of hardware and retail shops in New Zealand or online via this website. If you're a retail outlet and would like to stock Tullen Snips just contact C E Lawford Ltd.
No. The original versions made in the 1970’s and 80’s were made of different materials and there was also different versions. Most of the originals were made from mild steel that went through a hardening process (using cyanide salts) that is no longer used or able to be used today. The original Work Cutters (Black and Yellow) were different again, and could be used for cutting roofing iron. The new versions (available here) are made of the same stainless steel you will find in your kitchen knives. So they can get wet and not rust. And, just like kitchen knives they can be sharpened within reason. They are not intended for cutting roofing iron or fencing wire – there are other tools that are perfect for that task (Aviation Shears and Wire Cutters). The original versions come up for sale from time to time second hand. There are some images of the originals versions on the About Us page.
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