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Post 31 May 2020, 16:53 • #1 
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I have to replace my "no-name" generic scissors with a new pair.
What are you folks using??


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Post 31 May 2020, 17:35 • #2 
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For me it's the Dr. Slick "Bent Shaft" scissors. Easy to pick up off the table, sharp to the fine point and durable. I do wish the finger holes were a touch smaller though.


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Post 31 May 2020, 17:36 • #3 
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+1 for Dr. Slick


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Post 31 May 2020, 18:58 • #4 
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I’ve used the same Anvil scissors, both curved and straight, that it took awhile to remember the brand. Probably 20 years on them, so I had to google to see if they were still on the market. It’s sad that a lot of gear I bought new is “vintage “ now.


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Post 31 May 2020, 21:00 • #5 
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Dr. Slicks.


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Post 31 May 2020, 21:16 • #6 
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Another vote for Anvil scissors. The microserrated blades keep slick materials in place while I cut them.

arknymph, my original Anvil scissors came with the trade name Thompson... Probably about 35 years old at this point. They are still good stuff.


Tom


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Post 31 May 2020, 21:29 • #7 
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My ceramic scissors have been my last thought in scissors - they nip everything including kevlar, don't bend under load, and have been sharp for 20 years.


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Post 31 May 2020, 23:05 • #8 
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I didn't know the brand until now, but my favorite pair is Anvil. Offset, fine point You can put your thumb in the hole and just let them hang off your hand while you're using the bobbin (when you get into a rhythm).
Maybe I need a new pair.


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Post 01 Jun 2020, 01:37 • #9 
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20 yo Anvil, the open loop is a bonus since most scissors are designed for tiny hands. I tried on every scissor in the fly shop the day bought these.


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Post 01 Jun 2020, 03:15 • #10 
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Anvil most of the time but then you need to trim very close to hook shank you need very fine tip, and the finer tip is Tiemco hand down.


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Post 01 Jun 2020, 05:43 • #11 
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“For me it's the Dr. Slick "Bent Shaft" scissors. Easy to pick up off the table, sharp to the fine point and durable.”

Couldn’t agree more with this statement. Mine have gone back and forth between fly tying and rod building for years. Backup pair is collecting dust.


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Post 01 Jun 2020, 09:47 • #12 
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Eric, Do the Tiemco fit in your palm while using the bobbin holder etc.? I've always worn the scissors on the ring finger and palm.


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Post 01 Jun 2020, 09:49 • #13 
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Tom,
I have a pair of Thompson scissors as well. I didn’t know they were Anvils. They were the first pair of dedicated fly scissors I bought, probably 35 years ago. The longer blades are not as easy for me to use so they are my deer hair scissors, still very sharp after all these years.


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Post 02 Jun 2020, 07:04 • #14 
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Location: Killeen Texas
For new scissors I like the Slick's but I have an old pair of no name scissors that are simply stamped "made in Pakistan" that came with my first tying kit that are over thirty years old that are just awesome even after all these years.


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Post 02 Jun 2020, 17:04 • #15 
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I have a pair of black and gold hmh scissors that are really nice.


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Post 02 Jun 2020, 20:53 • #16 
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I use the Dr Slick tungsten carbide scissors


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Post 03 Jun 2020, 02:46 • #17 
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Here you are Anvil mini vs Tiemco

I too have always my scissors in hand when tying.


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Post 03 Jun 2020, 21:20 • #18 
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Location: Coppell, TX
I use the child scissors that cost a buck. Cheap, they work and have the added advantage of rounded tips (safety so kids don't stab themselves). Kind of funny, one of my granddaughters recognized her scissors in my bag when we were out fishing and confiscated them; she said they were her favourite; she was fair about though and provided me another pair.


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Post 04 Jun 2020, 00:20 • #19 
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Dr. Slick are my favorite. I use the tungsten carbide the most. They have great customer service and stand by their lifetime warranty. I once broke the tip off of a pair of the tungsten carbide by accidentally dropping them on the floor. Contacted customer service, explained this, and they had me send in the broken pair for a replacement. I didn't expect them to but they did. Based on the experience and the fact they're well made. They're the only brand I buy.


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Post 04 Jun 2020, 09:06 • #20 
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“For me it's the Dr. Slick "Bent Shaft" scissors. Easy to pick up off the table, sharp to the fine point and durable.”

These are my #1 also. The other I like is the Kershaw Skeeter II.


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