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Thread: Which Scissors are best?

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    Super Member Gwyn's Avatar
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    No jokes like - sharp ones.

    I have purchased enough scissors to have bought a good pair. No more. Fiskars don't last very long. Which brand is sharp from tip to hinge and can be sharpened when they get a little dull? I also need to know about snippers. Threads drive me crazy. A long time ago, women didn't get a new pair a year or even several years. I can't get my scissors to last 3 months. Since I have to order on the internet anyway, which brand will last the longest and cut the best?

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    I will be looking forward to see others answers on this thread.

    I buy my scissors at Joann's and use the coupon.

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    I just keep going to Dollar tree and buying the $1.00 Scissors they work as long as I don;t forget and use them on paper!

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    Love my ginghers. Have had them over 20 years and never had them sharpened!! I have threatened family members if they ever pick them up and especially if they have paper in their hands!!!

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    I agree- ginghers!

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    If you don't want horribly expensive go with Ginghers. Dovo, Bohin, and any scissors made in Solingen Germany are excellent scissors.

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    Okay, I bought Ginghers. ebay had them cheaper than the stores, even with shipping. There is no frustration so heavy as a quilter without sharp scissors. And no furry than their mother if they are caught using them - ever.

    I got a lot of mixed up scissor for $15.00 for the kids to use. They had better leave mine alone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gwyn
    Okay, I bought Ginghers. ebay had them cheaper than the stores, even with shipping. There is no frustration so heavy as a quilter without sharp scissors. And no furry than their mother if they are caught using them - ever.

    I got a lot of mixed up scissor for $15.00 for the kids to use. They had better leave mine alone.
    Go buy a tiny padlock and lock your scissors up!

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    Good idea.

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    I bought a package of Fiskars office scissors at Sam's Club and they beat the Fiskars quilting/sewing scissors by a mile. They are still sharp to cut fabric like butter and I use them to cut everything from plastic to cording. I think Fanmore and Clover has the sharpest scissors. Clover scissors are better then Gingher in my opinion. Clover scissors are getting a great reputation.

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    I absolutely love my Ginghers. They are the first expensive pair of scissors I have ever owned, and every time I use them I marvel at how wonderful they are. Okay, so I lead a boring life - they are still great!

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    Ginghers are great but so heavy. I don't use mine that often. I have a couple of pairs of the Fiskers razor edge scissors (with gray handles) and they are great. Both pairs are more than ten years old. I get them sharpened every few years and they are good to go. I couldn't do without them.

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    I have a pair of 5" Ginghers that I use exclusively. Just got them sharpened again. The large Ginghers while sharp are too heavy and with my weak wrists are not a good match - but the little ones.....slicing heaven.

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    I asked the same question recently and hear is the responses I received. I still haven't purchased any for my Website. The budget is tight this month!

    I hope this helps...
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-39822-1.htm

    Harry B.

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    I love my Ginghers

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    I have several pair of Ginghers...wouldn't use anything else and don't let anyone cut anything other than fabric with them..actually, I am a BIT picky about anyone else using them. I have had them at least 20 years and never had to have them sharpened. I keep several other pair of scissors available for paper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    I bought a package of Fiskars office scissors at Sam's Club and they beat the Fiskars quilting/sewing scissors by a mile. They are still sharp to cut fabric like butter and I use them to cut everything from plastic to cording. I think Fanmore and Clover has the sharpest scissors. Clover scissors are better then Gingher in my opinion. Clover scissors are getting a great reputation.
    Thanks for the hint about Clover scissors. I lost my Ginghers that I had for over 20 years. They are too costly to replace so I will check out Clover's.

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    I have Ginghers, Kai's, and Havels.
    The shears I use most are the Kai Cutlery brand. I've had them for 10+ years and never have had to have them sharpened. The Ginghers are also very good.

    I have the Havel curved blade Snip-Eze snippers. I use these constantly and absolutely love them.

    I really believe in investing in good tools. They make all the difference.

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    I bought a pair at Hancock's, Mundial brand I think. They were around $30? They're very good, though I hardly ever use them at all! I rely very much on my small Fiskars, so unless I take up sewing and cut a lot of fabric with scissors, I wouldn't spend TOO much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    I have a pair of 5" Ginghers that I use exclusively. Just got them sharpened again. The large Ginghers while sharp are too heavy and with my weak wrists are not a good match - but the little ones.....slicing heaven.
    I agree! Have had and used the Gingher snips (4", I think) for years, but if I'm using them a lot, as in trimming up the loose threads on the backs of a pile of blocks, my fingers get sore - I don't think I have particularly fat fingers, but they seem to rub.

    The 5" Gingher crafts are perfect for many uses. A better fit and very versatile. I do love the Ginghers, but the big ones are heavy! They do have a light weight line, but I don't know anyone who has tried them.

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    I have several pair of Ginghers (gifts) and they are very good scissors but too heavy for me. I don't need big scissors for 95% of my quilting so the smaller Clover scissors are perfect. I like Mondial scissors. I really think I have every brand! Kai, Singer, Gingher, Clover, Fiskars, Fons and Porter, Mondial, Fanmore, EZ, Hertiage Cutlery, and some with no brand name. When in doubt get MOM some scissors for her Christmas stocking, seems to be the motto around here.

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    Harry: All budgets are tight right now. Hang in there, things can only improve. Keep stitchin' Gwyn

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    I LOVE my Ginghers. I bought my big ones at Hancocks on a half off sale. The little bird looking pair came in a box of sewing things I bought on an auction for $2 !!! Boy was I thrilled at that find. DD and DH know that they don't touch them under any circumstances.

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    My dear MIL got me a pair of Ginghers almost 20 years ago. Still wonderfully sharp, cut fabric like a hot knife through butter. Love them.

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    Gingher scissors are worth the money and you can get good prices using Joann's coupons or buying on ebay.

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