Pros for both: No-fuss design, sharp cut, lightweight
Cons for both: Cheap feeling, nothing special
Two-for-one review! Straight to the point: Both Chickamasa snips are decent and I will be keeping them around til they break (will update if they do). They replaced two other snips I kept that you can deduce here Snips, Shears, and Shit.
Beyond that, there is not much "wow". They are snips. The wow comes in the story of the company. The grapevine has reported, aka not verified, that Chickamasa has been around since 1910 and their process has relatively remained unchanged since then. Instead of conforming their process to today's standards, they tell people to wait! I very much appreciate this story and hope it to be true. I wish they offered their original as show on their website here. #WANT
Out of the two, the B-500SKF is my favorite because its lightweight, shock-absorbing, clean cutting, and feels natural in my hand. The tips are small enough to get into tight spaces, yet not super-sharp to the point I get stabbed through my pants (been there).
The T-550 is a decent snip as well. The rubber lock at the bottom is distracting at first, but I got use to it flapping around the more I used it. I have concerns about the metal used to construct the snips. It feels weak, but that is compared to my all-steel pruners (seen at the top in picture three).
I look forward to using the T-550 over the summer as it can snip more at once, which will come in handy for up-keep of the Summer Garden 2019.
All-in-all, if you can get your hands on one of these, I do recommend them. If you have any information about Chickamasa to verify the story or debunk it, please leave a comment below or send me a message. #NothingBudTheTruth