Burgon & Ball began manufacturing in 1730 here in the industrial heartland of Sheffield and for 280 years we have produced some of the finest sheep shears and cutting tools in the world. The metalworking skills of our workforce are some of the very best in the world and have been passed down through generations. We are passionate about quality - many of the most important product attributes are 'hidden qualities' that only emerge when a tool is used. Qualities such as ensuring an edge tool cuts months and years down the line, not just when it's brought home from the shop. The secret behind this lies with the hardness of the metal - all Burgon & Ball edge tools are made from high-carbon steel, heat treated to the optimum hardness (measured in Rockwell values) for that tool. Today Burgon & Ball are the largest manufacturer of sheep shears in the world. We are also at the leading edge of garden tool and accessory innovation & design - in recent years launching some of the best received new products in the industry.Burgon & Ball tools are designed to exceed both British Standards and performance expectations.The Burgon & Ball brand has a unique 280 year pedigree and is widely respected among serious gardeners and farmers.All Burgon & Ball tools are covered by a no-quibble 5 year guarantee against any manufacturing defect.