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Fiskars 4" Folding Scissors

 Reported by Christina Hammond

Fiskars 4″ Folding Scissors

Fiskars has come to my crafting rescue with their new 4″ folding Scissors.  For as long as I can remember, I have had a tiny pair of folding scissors attached to my keys, to my backpack zipper pulls, and in the tote for each of my projects. I used to buy them at the neighborhood hardware store from a bucket at the cash registers, usually for about a quarter.  Sadly, I haven’t been able to find them for years and I have lost all of my old ones.  I had been resorting to tossing cheap nail clippers into my bags, but this is not ideal because the blades can still catch and ruin delicate needlework.

I was so excited to find these at Michael’s that I did a little happy dance right in the aisle and bought them without a coupon (GASP!).  They are a bit pricey for my taste at $12.99.
Size compared with a quarter.  Compact!

The scissors are 4″ from the tips to the end of the handles.  The blades are less than 2″ long, perfect for quick snips of thread. 

Small, Sturdy and Useful

Right out of the package, the scissors are stiff and difficult to open and fold.  I have had them for a couple of weeks now and I can report that while still fairly stiff, the folding mechanism is getting easier and easier.  I would like to be able to open them one handed, eventually, as I am usually doing my knitting/needlework projects in the car while my husband drives or at the playground while the kids play and there is nowhere to set a project down to fiddle with scissors. 

The Blades:  Blunt Tips

I would say that these scissors are best suited for the yarn or needlework crafter.  I have tried to cut different papers with varying success.  Finely detailed work is out, for sure, because the blades are thick and blunt tipped.  I found that standard notebook paper cuts well, but tissue and thicker papers result in cuts that are not as smooth as many would desire.

Tips are protected when folded.

 Pros:

  • The size.  Small and compact.
  • Blades are small enough that they’re safe for airline travel.
  • The bright handles make them easy to spot.
  • Convenience for crafters on the go.

Cons:

  • Cost. MSRP is $12.99
  • Folding is stiff and difficult at times.
  • Sharp enough for quick yarn/thread snips, but don’t expect to cleanly cut your scrapbooking projects.   

Do you have a favorite “on the go” craft supply?  What do you think of these little folding scissors? Leave a comment and let us know!

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    3 Responses to Fiskars 4" Folding Scissors

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      margot March 10, 2011 at 8:15 am #

      Whether or not folding scissors are allowed at airports is a subjective decision. I just lost an inexpensive pair of folding scissors at an airport this week – even though I’d already gone through 2 other airports with them. At $12.99 a pair I’ll be leaving this pair at home if I can’t check them in a bag.

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      Linda March 10, 2011 at 8:34 am #

      These do seem a bit pricey for folding scissors. Not sure I would buy them.
      Thank you for the review.

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      Liz March 10, 2011 at 2:15 pm #

      anything Fiskars already has a good rep with me. When I go crafting, I have a small pair of Fiskars straight edge, and two very small snips, one with curved tips. I’m kind of a scissor hoarder, and I would probably buy these if I had a good coupon or if they were on sale.