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Thoughts on SAK scissors?

Discussion in 'Multi-tools & Multi-purpose Knives' started by melmac, Apr 3, 2018.

  1. melmac


    Sep 10, 2015
    I'm trying to decide on a Victorinox model and want to keep things slim, but I notice a lot of people talking about the scissors.

    Is there really a benefit of scissors over a blade? What do personally use the scissors for that you can't use a blade (or at least why do you prefer the scissors over the blade in those situations)? Thanks!
  2. aih


    Jun 10, 2010
    There are just things that are easier to do with scissors than with a knife blade. The other day I used SAK scissors to cut a loose thread on a Tilley hat. I suppose I could have done it another way, but scissors worked better. I also use the scissors to cut tags from new clothing, less chance of accidently getting the clothing with a blade that way. Just depends, I guess, on your druthers.
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  3. znapschatz


    Jan 24, 2005
    Trimming moustache and nose hairs, if you are away from your regular grooming kit, or fingernails. Those get frayed or broken sometimes while working on stuff, so scissors on the spot are a help so it doesn't get worse. In fact, Vic scissors are so good that sometimes I use them in place of my dedicated ones for these little jobs.
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  4. rt dak

    rt dak

    Dec 29, 2015
    I second the two posts above. Personally, I won't buy any SAK without scissors. I carry a Classic on my key ring daily pretty much just for the scissors.
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  5. RP13


    Sep 30, 2013
    All of my SAKS have scissors, I love them! They come in handy to trim straws when eating out for my kids, removing tags, the odd whisker hair, the list goes on and on. I have the Deluxe Tinker and Hunstman while a bit bigger I don’t mind them I like having the extra utility around if I’m with the kids. I also have the Pioneer X which is a nice size not too big not too small. If I’m carrying. Dedicated folder I will pair it up with a classic. Everyone should own a SAK.
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  6. Rupestris

    Rupestris Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 1, 2006
    I don't use them on the larger models but they're probably the most used item on my classic and mini champ.

    Funny part is, my previous keychain tool was a leatherman Squirt P4. When I lost it to the TSA, I was disappointed that they changed the design to the PS4 with the scissors added so I didn't buy one.

    Turns out, I didn't know what I was missing:p.
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  7. McFeeli


    Feb 13, 2017
    The scissors on my Super Tinker are the most used tool, even more than the blades themselves.
  8. melmac


    Sep 10, 2015
    Thanks for all the feedback. You've given me some good perspective on the scissors. I'm just starting to get into Swiss Army Knives and don't have too many resources so I have to be selective about what I get!
  9. Wowbagger


    Sep 20, 2015
    I cut curves, half moons, in folded cloth tape to make round holes. Some times I cut the hole from scratch; sometimes I trim the hole so it is larger. Hard to do with a knife. The best thing to use obviously is a hole punch but I have no hole punches at work and doing it the way I have for forty some years works well enough I have no other reason to buy hole punches for at work (I do no leather work there).

    Trimming a taper on the end of tape as it hangs in the air while I hold something in place with my other hand. I have to do that often so the end of the thick tape blends in to a square edge and looks professional and "finished". Long story but that is one application where scissors work where I can't use a knife. Truth be told I use long scissors, not my SAK but there you go.

    The other night I had the minutest hang nail, mostly skin after a piece of my finger nail had gotten snagged on something and torn off. I tried to shave it off with a knife and kept thinking I had gotten it. Not until I used my SAK scissors did I get it trimmed up right.

    Putting bandages on my hands / fingers the scissors come in very handy all winter. I can't trim the tape the way I need to with a knife and SAK scissors work with right or left hand unlike conventional scissors (at least in this application . . . for me).

  10. Wowbagger


    Sep 20, 2015
    Mini Champ !
    All hail the Mini Champ !
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  11. Sonnydaze

    Sonnydaze Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 6, 2009
    Left Wowbagger a note on Profile page...
  12. aih


    Jun 10, 2010
    Scissors are the opposable thumb of the cutting world.
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  13. Grateful

    Grateful Basic Member Basic Member

    Oct 5, 2002
    I like Victorinox scissors a lot better than Wengers. I pretty much only carry saks with scissors these days. The Compact and Climber are my most carried.
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  14. Rhinoknives1

    Rhinoknives1 KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jul 1, 2013
    A scissor is a pair of blades working towards each other! Try it! You’ll like them!
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  15. quattro98


    May 19, 2000
    I keep a SAK Manager on my keychain, in part for the scissors. I tend to keep a Small Tinker in my bag, but I might change this to a CyberTool S. I like getting the larger knife without the scissors to avoid redundancy and make them one layer thinner.
  16. Brock O Lee

    Brock O Lee

    Jun 29, 2011
    Zip-ties... The 91mm scissors cut them well.

    Also, straws, band-aids, nails, tags, hair etc.
  17. allenC


    Jun 18, 2000
    I agree with all that has been said above.
    Of all the tools on my SAK, I use the scissors the most.
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  18. WinchesteRalox


    Mar 26, 2018
    The only knifes I own with scissors on them are two victorinox classics, The only time I ever use them is for trimming stray sideburn hairs.
  19. Gvard


    May 5, 2017
    Mostly for cutting band aids to size.
  20. John A. Larsen

    John A. Larsen

    Jan 15, 2001
    I have an older Camper (?) with scissors, which I got on the recommendation of my Commo Sergeant who used them for opening his One Time Pads. For me it is my least used tool, and I normally carry a OH SAK, and have no regrets about not having a scissors on it, and have been carrying that OH SAK since 2001. Now the only I carry the Camper is when I travel overseas as many countries do not allow a OH knife to be carried. John

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