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Add a spring to a hand tool and you’ve changed it drastically.  Take for instance, scissors:  You wouldn’t want to cut fabric or thread all day with even the best pair of scissors, because with every snip you have to reopen the scissors — literally a pain.  But a pair of spring-loaded thread nippers open themselves, so you just have to squeeze.

Since spring-loaded tools came on the scene way back when, manufacturers have stuck with the small-and-springy combo, mostly because it works.  Whether it’s nippers or spring-loaded pliers, we can see why the spring is a selling point.

Thread Nippers [Wiss]
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6 Responses to The Spring Is The Thing

  1. Dano says:


    I always liked the idea about the Japanese type linked above. Don’t know what I would use it for, but it looks cool.

  2. Blaise Pascal says:

    Dano: The “Japanese” type are typical of medieval shears, and were invented before the modern pivot shears.

    Take a look at http://thenonist.com/index.php/thenonist/permalink/from_the_history_of_scissors/ for some historical shears. Look especially at the 2nd and 3rd picture on page.

  3. Rob says:

    Most everyone here probably has a pair of spring scissors. Swiss army knives and multi-tools use them.

  4. Michael W. says:

    I still have the pair I bought when I went to boot making school 15 years ago. They really do speed things up when you’re working. Also after a day of snipping threads you don’t have cramps in your fingers.

  5. Platobiker says:

    A.K. Best- a really well known pro (fishing) fly tier uses these, he ads a needle to the front at a slightly upward angle to tease out tying materials as he works- he also keeps the scissors in hand with a pinky through the ring so that he never has to stop to pick up the tool.

  6. american lockpicker says:

    The Leatherman micra has folding spring loaded scissors.

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