I Have A Lot of Scissors.
It’s true. I was attempting to unearth my sewing machine this weekend and I could reach almost all of these pairs from one spot. And yet, I am always looking for a pair of scissors.
My favorites are as follows:
For Fabric: Clover Ultimate Shears EX-200 (green handles). These scissors are awesome–they are light, sharp, and accurate–the ones I reach for. I’ve had “fancier” scissors, including Gingher’s, but they’re too heavy for my hands. These have all of the power with none of the weight.
For Annoying Clear Packaging: Fiskars Utility Cutters (orange handles). Seriously the best when I need to pry open some electronic item that’s been wrapped in plastic so fused that I’m not sure anyone’s supposed to open it, ever. I also love these when I’m cutting pom-poms, because the spring action helps keep my hands from getting sore when I make repetitive cuts.
For Always Being Available: Itty Bitty Scissors by Graphic Impressions (the ones hanging off of my cell phone). I first found these at Yarnivore and then wrote about them for Crochet Today. Um, these scissors are the reason I don’t want to upgrade my cell phone to something suitable for 2010–the little lanyard fits perfectly in the charm holder on my phone. Which yes, is old and non texty/webby/GPSy. But what my phone does have is a place to hang scissors–so that even when I’m on a car or plane trip and think, “Oh s###, I forgot my scissors!”– I am wrong. They are there. And with a tiny 3/4″ blade, no TSA agent can take them from me.
For Sharpness and Cuteness: EK Success Cutter Bee Scissors (black/yellow and two-tone pink handles). I carry these in my project bag and keep another pair by the sofa (ie. yarning area). I use them on yarn alone for a clean cut every time. At least one of my pairs has non-stick tips, which are surprisingly useful when I grab them–hesitantly–to cut open a box sealed with packing tape. No gummy stuff stays on the blades, and my self-imposed guilt about using my “yarn only” scissors subsides quickly.
Among my collection are pairs that work great for paper, pinking, felt, and more, and I’m glad that at least there’s variety in my embarrassing amount of scissors. I wish I’d taken a picture of the gazillion pairs my grandmother had in her house when we moved in–sewing, hair cutting, utility, etc. At the time, I wondered how and why she had so many pairs, but considering that I have 65 more years to collect shears, I better keep my mouth shut!
What is your favorite pair of scissors and why?
Disclaimer: The idea for this post was purely from my own brain and I’m not affiliated with any of these companies. A few of these links do go to the product pages on Amazon, if you order them, I get a referral fee. If you want to buy them anyway, why not send me a few pennies?