This Gingher seam ripper caught my eye on a Fabric Depot sales flier a few months back. Periodically, I would remember it and make a vague mental note to take a look at it the next time I went to the fabric store. Which I pretty promptly forgot to do.
Then when I really got down to taking my couch cushions apart, and spent hours cutting the stitches with tiny scissors because my cheap plastic seam ripper couldn't handle the job, I remembered this seam ripper again.
After reading the mixed online reviews at Amazon, I took a chance and bought this seam ripper. The reviews didn't give me high hopes, but I discovered it is fantastic! I'm very pleased with it.
When you first pick it up, you expect it to feel heavy and solid like the scissors, but it is much lighter. At first it felt wrong, but I quickly got used to the lighter feel. If it really was as heavy as the scissors it would probably be hard to manage for removing stitches.
The ergonomic design is very nice. It feels very natural using it and can be held at many different angles comfortably.
The blade is sharp and cut through the upholstery thread very quickly and efficiently. The blade retracts, which is a good safety feature and also helps keep it clean and dust free.
It might seem expensive for a seam ripper, but since even the lame plastic ones generally last many, many years, it isn't really a big investment to buy a nice seam ripper that will probably last a lifetime.
It is about $19 + shipping at Amazon. Mine was purchased at Fabric Depot where it sells for $28. I used a 40% off coupon so that brought it back down to just a little less than the price at Amazon.
You can buy replacement blades. One review mentioned you couldn't, but maybe the replacement blades weren't available when it first came out.
In summary, it is a very nice tool.
P. S. The couch is almost done! I'm very excited to tell you about the reupholstery project!