This is a normal size pruning shears, after reading mostly positive feedbacks about this item I purchased it spending 250/-, which is a lot for a prunner. But in return I received an excellent item. It cuts 10 mm thick woody stems like butter, you can try 15 mm branches too. The handle is ergonomic, it doesn't hurt fingers. The blades are sharp and strong. The lock is good. But blades are not stainless steel (some other steel attracted by magnet) so it should be kept in dry place and after washing with water it should be wiped dry with a cloth. The nut holding the blades may be lubricated with 2-3 drops of light machine oil once/twice a year. I am expecting it to last forever.