Scissors – Choosing and using one of the main tools for paper cutting

Thu, 10 Sep 2009

Scissors come in a variety of sizes and prices. For paper engineering you'll probably need a couple of different pairs of scissors. A small pair, with short blades for doing intricate work and a pair with longer blades for scoring and for cutting out straight lines.

If possible, try your scissors before you buy them. Make sure they cut cleanly. Check the full blades for nicks or catches and make sure that they open and close freely. If they are stiff they will quicky become tiring to use.

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Comments (2)

  • Lyn Henry July 18, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Have you tried a knitting

    Have you tried a knitting needle for scoring, it has a reasonable point without being sharp and tearing. Much easier than trying to hold sharp scissor blades

    • robives July 21, 2010 at 2:27 pm

      Another commenter said that

      Another commenter said that croquet needles work too…

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