Scissors | Fly Tying - The Basics – Fins and Feathers Bozeman
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Scissors | Fly Tying - The Basics

Scissors are used in just about ever aspect of fly tying. There are countless variations and styles that do certain thing a little bit better and easier. When considering general purpose tying scissors, the main difference is blade length. The shorter blades usually come to a finer point that makes working on small flies (size 18 and below) easier, and are also used for other delicate trimming jobs. Longer bladed scissors are usually a little beefier too, to make cutting bulky materials like hair and thick synthetics easier and won’t dull the blades as quickly. Most brands offer a “standard” scissor, which usually consist of medium length blades that are suitably durable to stand up the daily tying rigors.

Another important attribute that should influence scissor choice is blade edge. Many tying scissors have a steep angled edge that cuts well, but is also durable and won’t dull too quickly. There are however, other options that have shallower angles and even “razor” edged blades that cut very clean, but will dull quickly when abused. Many scissors will incorporate one or sometimes two serrated blades. The serrations will grab the materials and making it a little easier; however, the serration tends to cut a little rougher, but not that one would notice on most applications.

A good first scissor would be standard length with at least one serrated blade. This will do everything needed for everyday tying. Of all the tying tools needed for fly tying, scissors are the one that will be used constantly, so make sure to have a good pair. Also check for trueness, meaning the action of opening and closing the scissor should be smooth, but the blades should also always be touching at one point throughout the closing action. This will ensure clean/even cuts. Making sure the blades are sharp (especially near the tip) is important, but often overlooked. Many fly shops will/should allow customers to test them on some tying thread. Also, remember that all tying scissors are delicate precision tools, and if dropped or abused the blades can become nicked or bent. Once this sort of damage occurs it’s usually non-repairable. The damaged pair can be pressed into service as a dedicated wire and other though material cutter, but will still need to be replaced.

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