Tying scissors - straight or curved?

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by Kent Lufkin, May 29, 2004.

  1. Kent Lufkin

    Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

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    One of the posts in another thread on newbie tying tools recommended buying curved scissors. Is there an advantage to using curved ones or is it just one of those things you get used to and end up always using?
     
  2. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    I like the straight ones myself. But I need to find some that really cut close on small flies. It looks like hell when you tie up a size 16 or 18 and have something sticking out that you can't cut off.

    Jim
     
  3. IveofIone

    IveofIone Active Member

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    Jim, Try a pair of Dr. Slick 4" Micro Tip scissors for $14.99. They can be found on page 94 of the new Cabela's Flyfishing Catalog. They will easily cut individual fibers or tiny stickups. Just don't drop them on a hard floor! Curved scissors? No. Rotary vise? yes. Ive
     
  4. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    I was trying to remember that name but forgot it. Thanks for reminding me.:thumb

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  5. Tim Cottage

    Tim Cottage Formerly tbc1415

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    Straight.
    With a bit of dexterity you can cut a curve with straight scissors but try to cut straight with curved scissors and you will find it much more difficult.

    There are other qualities that are more important than the over-all shape and for the average tyer, Dr. Slick has them all.
    I think we are very fortunate that Dr. Slick came on the scene a few years ago. Good quality, reasonable price, extensive selection.
    I'm sure that Dr. Slick must be pretty happy too, about hitting the right market with the right products at the right time.

    TC
     
  6. Jerry Daschofsky

    Jerry Daschofsky Moderator Staff Member

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    I've used the curved, but found I have been just fine with straights. Like others have said, can do a good trim with straight scissors.
     
  7. luv2fly2

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    love the straight thompson scissors but they cost over $20. for deer hair i use a double edged razor blade with an old pair of leather gloves.
     
  8. Rob Blomquist

    Rob Blomquist Formerly Tight Loops

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    Straight. I can't imagine why curved are recommended...

    Rob
     
  9. Hal Eckert

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    "Take nothing but pictures leave nothing but your tracks"

    Straight, tried to curved and use them occassionally but like the straight better.

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  10. BOBLAWLESS

    BOBLAWLESS New Member

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    Actually, I use both.

    Bob, the Don't be so damn cheap.x(
     
  11. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    For cutting your toe nails.:rofl :rofl

    Jim
     
  12. BOBLAWLESS

    BOBLAWLESS New Member

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    Jim:

    Disgusting statements are not allowed on this web site. There are people who have just eaten their breakfast and they don't want ot lose it thinking about your toes.

    Bob, the Let's keep things wholesome around here.:eek
     
  13. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    But Bob. That is the best I could do being that the dog woke me up and I had to get back at whom ever was up. Besides it was my stab at a little humor. So cut me some slack you old fart.:p

    Jim