- Nov 23, 2017 at 5:41 am #3503621Rex SandersBPL Member
@rexLocale: Central California Coast
I take a Swiss Army Knife Classic backpacking, and use the scissors almost exclusively. Seems like a waste to carry the rest of the knife, and the scissors are pretty small.
As David Thomas pointed out in another thread, scissors are far safer than razor blade style cutters. Nothing like a deep gushing wound to cut a trip short. Yes, that was a pun.
Does anyone carry light, usable scissors for backpacking? Especially for people with XL hands?
I’ve seen small, light scissors with points so sharp, they require a protective case that weighs almost as much as the device.
— RexNov 23, 2017 at 6:18 am #3503623Ryan JordanAdmin
@ryanLocale: Central Rockies
I use Cuda Micro Scissors. they are terrific cutting tools and the finger holes are actually big enough to be usable. I’m not a fan of micro-scissors that have unusable tiny holes, but I have pretty small hands…I used to use fly-tying scissors but I prefer these because they have serrated blades that seem better for things like first aid tapes, fabrics, and guyline materials. Oh: and the tip is dull and doesn’t require a case. I keep them in a little ziplock bag with the rest of my wound bandaging supplies.Nov 23, 2017 at 6:28 am #3503624Bob KBPL Member
I carry 4 1/2″ bandage scissors, 27 grams, in my first aid kit. The blades are about 1″ long and blunt. I have XL hands and can use them comfortably. So-called trauma or EMT shears weigh about 65 grams and offer much more cutting power.Nov 23, 2017 at 9:38 am #3503630jared hBPL Member
I carry thread scissors. Also called spring or squeeze scissors. Big fingers, cold fingers, gloves…doesn’t matter. They come in several variations–blade lengths, overall lengths and widths, angled heads, round/pointed tips, etc…. Amazon has a bunch.Nov 23, 2017 at 2:13 pm #3503642iagoBPL Member
@iagoLocale: Boston & Galicia, Spain
Depending on what size you have in mind, for 1.6″ scissor blades, I like the Leatherman Style CS (1.4 oz) or Leatherman Micra (1.8 oz). Swiss Army also has keychain sized knives with scissors, but I personally prefer the Leatherman.Nov 23, 2017 at 3:18 pm #3503652Ken ThompsonBPL Member
@hereLocale: Right there
Ambidextrous kids scissors
Same weight as the SAK ClassicNov 23, 2017 at 3:20 pm #3503654Nathan RBPL Member
I like a decomposed Swiss Army knife—a dedicated pair of scissors (0.3oz) for 80% of the tasks, it’s especially good for cutting tape and rounding the corners to help it stick better, opening food packets, etc etc. The opinel is 0.3 oz and mostly just used for cutting meat and cheese. The little tweezers are good if I’m going anywhere with cactus.
Fiskar makes a 0.5 oz folding scissors.
The mini bic is for size reference.Nov 23, 2017 at 5:00 pm #3503677Gary DunckelBPL Member
Victorinox made a credit card size “multi tool kit” that had a small pair of scissors just like the ones on the knives. I carry one of these (just the scissors) to cut open my ClO2 tablet foil packs. To keep the tips from opening and poking something, I place one of those tiny rubber thingies that electricians cover open wires with. These are not very macho, but they are sharp, and they will work for most scissor-related chores I might come up with (eg, cutting duct tape or moleskin, cutting thread while sewing, opening a MH FD dinner package or my vacuum-sealed dinner packs, etc). You could probably also trim your fingernails with it.Nov 23, 2017 at 5:24 pm #3503683Dan YBPL Member
Gary, the Victorinox is the best set of tools that can be had. The scissors are the “best” cuts fingernails easily.Nov 23, 2017 at 5:59 pm #3503688Luke FBPL Member
my trauma shears are 44g, they do cut very well and have very small serrations, and are somewhat disposable. the nice thing is that they are so beyond blunt at the tip that you couldn’t damage anything with them if you tried. Also all five fingers are fully engaged in cutting. I believe mine are a middling size, so a smaller pair might be worth trying, and certainly doesn’t cost much to explore.Nov 23, 2017 at 6:00 pm #3503690Dan DurstonBPL Member
They’re not stand-alone, but the Swiss Army Nailclip 580 includes a pair of scissors that are a nice upgrade over the regular Swiss Army scissors. These scissors are serrated and a little more beefy.
On thru-hikes I carry nail clippers anyways, so I like the Nailclip 580 (36g) better than carrying the Mini Classic (22g) + nail clippers.Nov 23, 2017 at 8:30 pm #3503706J RBPL Member
Westcott 2.5 Sewing Titanium Bonded Fine Cut Scissors. Weighs 0.24 oz. I got them from Amazon but I’ve also seen them on the shelf at Walmart.Nov 23, 2017 at 8:36 pm #3503709StorminBPL Member
@stormin-stove-systemsLocale: East Anglia
Used these for the last 15 years.Nov 24, 2017 at 4:30 pm #3503828Dale WambaughBPL Member
@dwambaughLocale: Pacific Northwest
+1 on Westcott embroidery shears—- the Mora of tiny scissors.
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