When I was at the Verb booth at Stitches West, I picked up a pair of Wide Bow Scissors by British company, Merchant & Mills.
You know I'm a bit of a sucker for a good pair of scissors, so I had to give them a go.
For $22 USD, it was the kind of cheap thrill that floats my boat.
Their points are extremely sharp and pointy. Excellent for applique. I found the cutting action to be slightly stiff, so I put a single drop of oil on the inside of them. This helped them out and they are easier to open and close now.
The holes for your fingers are really giant. Easy and fast to pick up. The black color makes them feel like something out of an antique shop, but they are brand new, and cut like a dream.
I think the blade is too short to really cut a lot of fabrics that you intend to hand piece. They are great for cutting out applique shapes though, and trimming away fabric during the applique process.
Merchant & Mills makes a variety of different types of scissors. I have not found them to be super easy to find here in the states, but at times you can find them at Purl Soho.