A few weeks ago, we began chatting about embroidery scissors that serve as good alternatives to Dovo embroidery scissors.
Dovo has long been my favorite source for excellent embroidery scissors, but sadly, the business has gone under. Never fear, though! There are other good scissors available out there!
Some, of course, are very pricy, but I often find excellent scissors in middle prices ranges that are sturdy, sharp, mechanically smooth, and promise to be long-lasting.
That’s pretty much what I look for in embroidery scissors.
Today, we’re going to look at 3 Claveles, a company from Spain that specializes in a wide range of scissors for all uses. I have a pair of their kitchen scissors that I love. I also have one pair of their embroidery scissors, and they have proved to be a very good contender in the lower mid-range price category for embroidery scissors.
3 Claveles produces seven styles of embroidery scissors, and you can see them all here on their website. Mine are the most basic – the 3.5″ straight-blade embroidery scissors.
While I haven’t tested all seven styles, I would guess that they are all going to be similarly good quality and good performance scissors.
I have the 3.5″ embroidery scissors. They are hot forged from carbon steel. They are very sharp, they have a nice weight to them (i.e. they don’t feel cheap), they have a perfectly smooth mechanical movement (no hangup when opening or closing the blades), and they cut well.
The finger holes are not huge, but they aren’t small. I’d say the are about average. You can see them lined up next to my Dovo scissors above – 3 Claveles on the right, Dovo on the left. The finger holes are about the same.
They accommodate my fingers comfortably. I don’t have long, willowy fingers. My fingers are very short and perhaps “stubby” – they have a wee pudge to them.
I haven’t used these as frequently as my Dovo scissors because I’ve been on a brush-finished kick for a while. I gravitate towards tools that have that brushed finish rather than the shiny finish. I’m not sure why.
The scissors have a shiny, bright nickel-plated finish (something to keep in mind if you have a nickel allergy!), with a very smooth, quality feel.
They remind me of my mother’s heavy, German-made sheers, only not nearly as big or as heavy! Just sturdy, sharp, smooth, and reliable.
So, there’s another good alternative for embroidery scissors if you’re mourning the loss of DOVO.
Where to Find Them
3 Claveles embroidery scissors are not very common in the US. You can order the basic straight and curved 3.5″ embroidery scissors on Amazon, but they ship from the UK. However, they ship relatively quickly with free international shipping. The price is lower mid-range for scissors: just over $20.
If you’re in the US, you can find them available here on my Amazon recommendations page, under “Tools & Accessories”. The straight blades are the first ones listed, and the curved are the second.
If you’re not in the US, you can visit the 3 Claveles website to see who carries them where you live.
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