Here are the snips/shears I am currently using for general purpose plant maintenance and budzai/bonsai pruning. This is less of a review and more of a shootin' the shit about what I am currently using.
Fiskars Garden 399241-1002:
This is the most recent addition to my snip cup. The spring is tight (because it's new). The locking mechanism does not get in the way when squeezing like other snips. The tip cover is nice because I can toss them around without worrying about dulling the tip. The black non-stick coating is decent and I look forward to seeing how it holds up the Huckleberry Kush when it flowers (review here). It's a decent snip but not my favorite.
ARS Angled Model SS-320BM:
These are my current go-to snips. No spring... no lock... all snip. The only time I don't use these are when they are lost in the grow somewhere... or I have serious sticky pruning to do. I used these over the summer for the mj trim and they gummed up constantly to the point I had to clean them after ever branch.
Shear Perfection Curved Shear:
This is the cheapest quality out of the bunch, but its still a decent shear. The spring is warn-in now so its a little loose, but still has a spring in its step (2pt.). The only times I reach for these are when I can't find the others, or when I'm trimming close to the stalk. The curved blade allows me to cut flush with the stalk without cutting into it.
Do you have a revolutionary pair of snips I should put to the 5 leaf test? Shoot me a message!