Wiss Shears

glenn bradley

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Not really Neander but a hand tool none the less. Just sharing for the fun of it. I love it when a hand-me-down tool comes with a story. I was using these today and realized my uncle had given them to me 50 years ago.
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He ended his career designing and making prototypes for jet fighter seats. These hung from his belt for cutting leather and naugahyde. He also entered a seat design for Disneyland's Monorail but, didn't make the cut . . . pun intended. I have used these for decades. They currently hang just inside one of the swing-out doors of my wall mounted tool cabinet.
 

Ryan Mooney

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Classics, those are really hard to beat quality wise.

I have a soft spot for good scissors and shears and tend to accumulate them at estate sales. I've gotten to the "slightly better than mediocre" at sharpening and rehabbing them.
 

Vaughn McMillan

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A good pair of scissors/shears is as necessary as a good pocket knife, if you ask me. They're especially cool if they come with a good story. And as Ryan said, Wiss is a classic brand. :thumb:
 

bill kaminski

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I, too, have an old pair. They were in my dad's wall papering kit. I shall have to look at the branding, sometime.
They are quality.
 

Paul Douglass

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My Mom or Dad had a pair of those, I remember them.... They were great scissors. I think my Mom had a pair also in her sewing tools the cut a zic-zag pattern for cutting material...Not sure what the zig-zag was for. Seams like somewhere the z-z helped keep the edge from fraying??
 

Vaughn McMillan

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My Mom or Dad had a pair of those, I remember them.... They were great scissors. I think my Mom had a pair also in her sewing tools the cut a zic-zag pattern for cutting material...Not sure what the zig-zag was for. Seams like somewhere the z-z helped keep the edge from fraying??
Yep, the zigzag cut helps resist fraying. Any well-equipped seamstress/tailor (like your mom or mine were) has a pair of pinking shears.
 

Paul Douglass

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Ya, pinking shears, thanks, I could not remember the name. I just for fun searched Wiss shears... still available... come in different lengths, and available, of all places Home Depot..
 
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