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    Scissors and shears

    First, can anybody explain the difference between scissors and shears to me, please? I think Dave did at some point but I am old and confused and don't remember...

    I need two different ones. For all-purpose tasks around the kitchen, I have been using the Messermeister kitchen scissors like these (Amazon picture)



    Robust, easy to clean, just about large enough for me. The ones I have somehow wandered into the wood shop, so I was thinking about replacing them. Before I just buy the same ones - any reasonably priced alternatives that you can recommend? Not looking for damascus scissors here...

    I also need decent scissors for paper - again, I am not doing fancy art projects with them but also don't want the $2.95 crappy ones. I have XL hands and just need something larger that fits. Any recommendations here?

    Thanks,

    Stefan

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    I don't know if this is Dave's distinction, but here's something that sounds good:

    What is the difference between scissors and shears?

    Scissors are usually under six inches (150mm) in length. Scissors usually have two small matching handles and eyes, and are designed for the lighter tasks of hand cutting. Shears generally measure six inches (150mm+) or more in length. One handle is small and for the thumb, the other handle is larger, and for the insertion of two or more fingers. Shears are designed to do a great variety of heavy cutting jobs in the home and in industry. Hair cutting shears are the exceptions to these rules of thumb, as they are both greater than six inches in length and have equal sized eyes and handles.

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    stefan....i have learned a tremendous amount about scissors from dave over the years......i can tell u one thing.....you will never be able to use a regular pair of scissors after you use a regular pair dave has sharpened.......they cut so well....even the really crappy ones.....i know u can sharpen them yourself too ......i have prety big hands......i have a pair of scissors made by kai....i think they might be the 5220 here..... http://www.kaiscissors.com/category.php?category_id=49 maybe dave can confirm which one i have by looking at the site.....the oens i have have a green handle.....they would be awesome as a standard pair of scissors around the house.....i MEAN AWESOME......they r the nicest ....most comfortable.....sharpest......most durable scissors i have ever used......they r comfortable to use for extended periods too.....did i mention they r awesome......ryan

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    Thanks Ryan, that sounds just like what I was looking for. So, I will probably have them shipped straight to Dave I will look through the models again. Any other thoughts? One can never have enough of those, at least in my place they are never where I need them...

    Stefan

    P.S. Cool avatar, Ryan.

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    yeah i would just wait for dave to reply and see if he can figure out which one i have......they really r that nice.....i have been wanting to buy a pair for my house for a long time ......ryan

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    For fish & chicken I love the Chens http://www.amazon.com/Joyce-Chen-Unl.../dp/B0000CFLH7
    The Mac ones are also good and they are bigger.

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    Ryan, we got you the 5240 9.5" shears.



    Description:
    9 1/2" ERGONOMIX® SHEARS

    KAI® model 5240 dressmaking style shears with a 4" cutting length

    The shear handles are ergonomically designed to place the hand in correct alignment for ease of cutting and are made of Santoprene®, a soft thermal rubber, that is chemically bonded to the blades to prevent contamination. The handles are also slightly larger than the 5210 for larger and gloved hands.

    The blades are made of AU6 Japanese stainless steel with Vanadium giving them a Rockwell of 54 to 58 HRC. The shear blades are held together with a hex nylon-insert locknut that keeps the shears tight to prevent them from loosening up during use.

    Recommended uses:
    For difficult to cut materials
    Food safe for cutting up poultry, meats, and vegetables(FDA approved dyes in handles)
    All fabrics, sewing, and trimming operations
    Household use (shears are dishwasher safe)
    Meets most hobby and craft needs
    Gardening and floral arrangements

    Typically last 2-3 times longer than other brands of Shears

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    The scissor industry typically defines the difference between shears and scissors as scissors use only 2 finger (this includes the thumb as a finger) where shears use 2 or more fingers (same rule for the thumb here too).

    This is just a general description though, we often see the particular trade that's using the tool define what the name is to be called. An example would be in a barber shop shears are called scissors but take the same tool into a salon and they will laugh at you if you call them anything but shears as they are told that shear cut hair and scissors cut paper.

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    Check out Tojiro Kitchen Shears

    The are pretty nice since they offer a cam-bolt pivot for easy take apart for cleaning and if I recall correctly the cam-bolt is also adjustable for setting tension. Most kitchen shears don't offer adjust-ability or break down capability.

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    These work great -- come apart easily for cleaning. I have two pair in the kitchen.

    Kershaw Taskmaster Shears -- $26.56 at Amazon, no tax, free shipping.

    Doug Collins
    Hermosa Beach, California

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