Scissors…Oh, My. It’s Worse Than I Thought, Part 2

Yeah, the fact that there even *is* a Part 2 pretty much says it all. Two blog posts about my collection of scissors. Wanna know how many pair? Bwahahahahahaha.


(Forty. But don’t tell anyone. Plus I’m sure there are some I overlooked.)

OK–so here are the rest:

Fiskar’s shears: these are my go-to scissors, easy on the fingers. EXCEPT that little orange lock that’s supposed to hold the blades closed when not in use? That thing will pinch you in a heartbeat, so I usually pull it off. The tendency to pinch is also the reason the pair on the far right has strategically-place bandaids–just a little cushion between the scissors and your fingers. They need to fix this design flaw, and soon.

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Left-handed scissors. The first photo is the pair I abused: I kept grabbing them to use even after they’d gotten dull. I keep old scissors (I had them professionally sharpened, but it didn’t do much good) around for cutting stuff I shouldn’t cut with scissors: chunks of carpet, pieces of wire, hanks of rope. You know. So I wrote on them with a Sharpie so I’d know they were the dull ones.

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My leftie pinking shears. I hardly ever use them, but I was so delighted to find them in a left-handed version after struggling with my mom’s right-handed ones when I was a kid that I bought them, just in case. They hang on a little nail over the sewing machine. Maybe some day I’ll need them for something; until then, they’re just decoration.

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A variety of tiny, pointy blades I’m trying out for cutting fabric appliques. Two are Fiskar’s, which are pretty good; the other (purple) pair is an off-brand but 1) I had a coupon, so they cost hardly anything and 2) they were really cute!

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What we always called “fingernail scissors,” or manicure scissors, although I’ve never used them for my nails. They get stashed all over the house for small snipping jobs. I used to use them for cutting out tiny shapes for applique (or collage), but Fiskar’s makes those, above, that work so much better. I like these because they were what I used to cut paper stuff when I was a kid. So even though they’re uncomfortable to use, I like having them around.

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Whew. So what are my recommendations? If you sew and cut fabric, I’d rec. a pair of Gingher’s shears for really precise cutting jobs and a pair of the spring-operated either-handed Fiskar’s scissors for regular cutting. They’re the easiest on your hands if you’re doing a lot of cutting, so I’d rec. those for pretty much any day-to-day cutting job. If you work with both paper and cloth, get a pair for each, and don’t use one for the other.


In fact, I’d recommend going to a big craft store and checking out all the Fiskar’s scissors–for me, they’re the best, and you should be able to use those 40%-off coupons to slowly build up a collection. Get one of their scissors’ sharpeners, as well: while they don’t make the scissors as good as new, they *do* work, and I’ve been using some of these scissors for many years. No, Fiskar’s didn’t pay me for this, and they haven’t sent me any scissors (although, boy, I wish they would: I’d love to have an entire collection of every single kind. In multiples! Apparently a person canNOT have too many pair of scissors~~)


Metal Artists WorkbenchTo learn all about another kind of cutting tool, check out Thomas Mann’s book, Metal Artist’s Workbench: Demystifying The Jeweler’s Saw.





Ricë is the author of Living the Creative Life, Creative Time and Space, and Destination Creativity. She also blogs at The Voodoo Cafe.


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