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Scissors

Fly Tying Scissors

Scissors are probably the most important tool that you will use aside from a good vice. Sharp scissors are a must when tying flies. Some things that you should consider when picking out a pair of fly tying scissors include the quality of the blades, the size and fineness of the point, the type of cutting surface and the type of finger holes. Good quality steel for your blades will be your best bet. Do not skimp on the price, as you only get what you pay for. Without a fine point, you can't get close enough to the body of the fly to cut materials and threads. You can get scissors with fixed finger holes, or maluable holes. Use whatever feels comportable for you. Serated edge or straight edge scissors are available. I have one good pair of each. I like to use the serated more often because you get a better grip while cutting, and as a result the cuts are cleaner. In addition to one good pair of scissors, also keep a pair on hand for cutting hard materials such as copper wire, lead wire, and kevlar threads. Never use your good scissors to cut these materials, but if you have no choice use the back of the blade to cut wire. No matter what you choose for scissors, just make sure that you are able to keep them sharp, and handle them with care.