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Tim Holtz Non-Stick Micro Serrated Scissors by Tonic Studios

Reported by Dana Vitek

At the risk of sounding like a Ginsu knife infomercial, the Tim Holtz Non-Stick Micro Serrated Scissors by Tonic Studios can do (almost) anything! I’ve used them for things well beyond the scope of the crafting world, like trimming my daughter’s bangs, cutting apart the 150 twist ties they use to hold toys in packaging, and yes, I’ll admit it, even…trimming my toenails! (I know… too much information)

My husband earned his very own pair for the tool box after I found him cutting carpet with mine. And you know those plastic blister pack nightmares that everything is packaged in these days… no sweat for these beauties. Double-sided carpet tape, red-line tape, clear packing tape, strapping tape… no problem!

Now then, back to crafting…. I’ve used them for trimming unmounted rubber stamps (no turtles were harmed in the trimming of this stamp…):

(their points are sharp right down to the ends, so they can get in there close)

and soon-to-be-wood-mounted sticky-backed rubber stamps:
(they have an awesome non-stick coating so they don’t get all gummed up!).

I’ve even used them for ribbon (their micro serrations grip the ribbon as they’re cutting, so it doesn’t slip), and for cutting yarn while crocheting.

Pros:

  • Non-stick coating makes a huge difference when cutting stamps with sticky-backed foam. Just give them a swipe with a baby wipe and you’re good to go.
  • Well-engineered pivot point give these scissors enough oomph to cut through tough stuff.
  • Light weight and sharp points give them enough finesse for detail work.
  • They come with a protective slide-on cap to keep the points covered when not in use. (Safety first!)
  • I’m left-handed, and these scissors don’t seem to mind. No trouble there!
  • Price…retail price is $11.99 and they’re worth well more than that in my opinion.

Cons:

  • Their micro serrations will leave marks on paper and cardstock; there are better tools for those media.
  • I’d love to see a variety of handle colors to keep them organized by task. With multiple pairs in my household, I’d like to know at a glance which ones are mine and which are my husband’s. Plus, I’m partial to pink things.
  • Getting them sharpened might be tricky, but since one of the blades is not serrated, maybe it wouldn’t be. I’ve not tried it yet.
  • I lost the protective cap. But that’s not their fault.

I got mine at White Swan Rubber Stamps, the cutest little stamp shop in Delaware (home of tax-free shopping!). I encourage you to shop locally whenever you can. You can also find them at these small, independent web-sellers that I can personally recommend (not affiliated, just a happy customer): AllThatScraps.com, EclecticPaperie.com, and CornishHeritageFarms.com.

I love my Tim Holtz Micro Serrated scissors, and highly recommend them. What do you think? Have them and hate them? Love them to pieces? Let us know!

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Dana Vitek

Dana Vitek is a craft-‐‑supply hoarder with an obscenely understanding husband. She works full-‐‑time as a geologist, and spends her free time sort of paying attention to her two kids, reading a lot, and crafting. She's a crocheter, but not a knitter because knitting seems way too complicated. She's a card maker, but usually only 10 minutes before a birthday party. She cusses at her sewing machine. She has at least 12 different types of glue, but can never find the scissors she wants when she wants them. Dana started writing and editing for Craft Critique in 2008. She is perhaps best known for her Mother of All Black Ink Tests, and her annual April Fool's posts. She blogs extremely irregularly at Stamping Science. http://stampingscience.blogspot.com

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10 Responses to Tim Holtz Non-Stick Micro Serrated Scissors by Tonic Studios

  1. Tammy Hershberger May 23, 2008 at 8:58 pm #

    As long as you’re promoting “shop local” I’ll put in a plug… these are available at Toyrifix in Smithville, Ohio too! I’ve had them in stock for several months and they’re fabulous! Great review!

  2. Jeanette May 24, 2008 at 7:14 am #

    Oooooooh I have these and I love them! I bought them last year at CKU after using some in one of Tim’s amazing classes! Now I coulcn’t do without them!

  3. Mary May 24, 2008 at 9:01 am #

    Great review! I love your sense of humour! I’ve seen these in the store and thought about getting them based on the fact that if Tim Holtz made them they MUST be good. Glad that now I have a second opinion.

  4. NanaBeth May 24, 2008 at 10:11 am #

    My favorite go to scissors. I keep practicing, but me and the craft knife have a long way to go, I can make the tiniest cuts with these wonders.

  5. Julie Campbell May 24, 2008 at 7:01 pm #

    I love, love, LOVE these scissors! I use them mostly for trimming my UM stamps, but they’re also perfect for making nice crisp cuts in ribbon.

    Also – I think the blades are self-sharpening. ???

  6. Etha May 24, 2008 at 8:21 pm #

    I have them and use them but I am totally annoyed by this little screw coming undone ALL the time. For cutting one stamp I have to continuously go back and tighten the screw. I wonder if I have a lemon there.

  7. Radiogirl May 24, 2008 at 11:31 pm #

    I want to say that I don’t have any use for these scissors, but you’ve given a detailed account of what they could do. Nice and humorous review. Thanks much.

  8. Kristine May 25, 2008 at 11:23 am #

    I might just have to track down a pair of these babies. Cutting UM stickey backed stamps is tricky tricky to say the least, and I hate it when my scissors get gummed up. Great review! Thanks!

  9. Valonda L. May 28, 2008 at 10:44 am #

    Have them and love them. You are right the serrated edge does leave a funny texture on the edges of paper and cardstock, but these scissors are awesome for so much of the cutting that I do. I love them. My husband likes them too.

  10. Lucys Baby December 7, 2009 at 4:25 pm #

    I was looking online for these scissors, there are a few different types and size. Which ones were you referring to? They also have non serrated ones. They sound great.
    Just wondering which ones to buy.
    Thanks, LOVE your site!
    Jan