Slowfiber is happy to carry Gingher 8-inch dressmaker shears. (Right-handed and left-handed versions available!) The blades are strong enough to cut multiple layers of fabric and they're ideal for cutting out patterns and trimming seams. The precision ground knife edge cuts flawlessly all the way to the points, while the bent handle allows for smooth, comfortable cutting across a tabletop or counter.
Even better: you can mail these shears in and get them sharpened correctly for $12. (But if you only use them on fabric, you'll probably lose them before they need sharpening.)
Slowfiber owner Jaki Canterbury purchased a pair of Gingher shears sometime in the 1980s, and hers are still going strong. Price is $50, but they're worth it. Stop by the shop at 517B Hartnell Street in Downtown Old Monterey, or place your order online for shipping or pickup.