Cricket S-2 550 5.5 Inch Shear uses advanced steel treatments to alter steel to ensure a longer blade life. Cricket Swedish Steel Shears utilize advanced steel treatments which positively alter the steel ensuring a longer blade life. The blades are forged to the optimal hardness, making them not too brittle, not too soft. If a blade is too hard, it will become brittle and crack. If it is too soft, the sharp edge can collapse, both resulting in shorter shear life. Cricket is proud to offer a high performance shear which utilizes Swedish Steel technology, and is priced to fit all budgets.