Ok gentleman, I'm going to let you in on a secret. Bahco pruning tools. Once you try them you'll never go back to other brands. But hardly any stores in the states carry them.
I do an enormous amount of aesthetic pruning, and I've found these to be even better than Felco. Swedish company, but most of the tools are made in France.
These are professional tools. If you're buying homeowner grade tools you should expect them to break on the job.
Bahcostore.com is the best and least expensive source I've found.
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