For those of us with smaller hands (some men, as well as women and children) this 7" long pruner is a godsend, because a larger pruner will be harder to handle and will certainly produce prematurely tired hands. This model also has a clever mid-way open device that keeps the blade partially open. This is an excellent option when you are pruning lots of small vines and buds. This does wonders to reduce the hand fatigue that can come from repetitive full-range motion. An excellent tool.