I love my knife; I carry it everywhere. It’s nothing fancy, just a sturdy little lockback – but for most household chores it’s more than sufficient. Well, it was more than sufficient, until I got my hands on the new Fiskars Cuts+More Scissors.
The Cuts+More are the Swiss Army Knife of the scissor world. They combine the functionality of an awl, bottle opener, twine, wire and rope cutters into one deadly weapon. The blades also separate so that the lower one can act as a knife, while the sheath also has a handy tape cutter and sharpening rod built in. And they’re all of $US20.
I felt like Wolverine using these, they’re so damn sharp. I dashed through cardboard boxes like they were newspaper (I sank the awl tip through six layers of the stuff without effort, 12 layers with a little wiggling). 32-gauge stainless, 16-gauge copper, 12-gauge solder, heavy-duty trimmer line, laundry line, twine, bungee cords, coax cable, speaker wire, wrapped or unwrapped – none of it could withstand my furious slicing. Really, the only things I couldn’t get through were the 0.5-inch wooden and wrapped iron dowels I use for staking plants (then again, these scissors obviously weren’t built for that).
Like with all scissors, the farther out from the hinge you cut, the less power you’re able exert so don’t expect to be taking off the tops of beer cans with these. You also have to load the wire through the back end of the scissors, which gets awkward if you’re trying to do it one-handed. The the locking mechanism tends to slip when I’ve got the blades fully opened, usually at the most inopportune time possible. And why no belt clip for the sheath? It’s just asking to get lost first time out.
Audio credit: Kevin MacLeod, Sneaky Snitch
The Cuts+More Scissors sheathed, the white bar on top is the sharpening rod, the protrusion on the underside is the tape cutter.
The Cuts+More Scissors opened.
Six, count ’em, six layers of cardboard. Like butter.
From left to right: clothes line, solder, insulated 24 gauge, 16 gauge copper, phone wire, HD trimmer line, stainless steel wire.