Everybody needs a good set of scissors/shears in their toolbox. I always keep around a pair of these EMT utility-style scissors, and you owe it to yourself to get a set. Any EMT or first-responder is familiar with these — they’re meant to quickly cut through fabric to get at wounds. The side benefit: They’re so tough, they’ll cut through most anything you can throw at ’em. I’ve used ’em to cut thin metal as well as to snip off extra lengths of wire — a great all-around tool.
EMT/utility/bandage scissors are great because they’re cheap and tough, and if you do end up ruining them, you’re only out a few bucks. They’re made of stamped stainless steel with serrated blades and solid molded plastic handles. A long handle-to-blade ratio means great leverage for cutting through nearly anything. If you’ve ever used the “good scissors” in an unprescribed manner and gotten an earful, these are the guys to reach for. A set of 5 can set you back as little as $10.
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