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CHawke
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My mum and others all maintain that cutting paper blunts scissors, each xmas she gives me two pairs to wrap my presents one for the tape (the good pair) and one for the papaer (an old pair)

Is there any truth behind this, I cannot see and reason for there to be?

CH


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Eowyn, warrior babe with gold toes
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Well... basically it's true, but not because paper is special in the blade dulling department. Most scissors are made with straight-edged blades. As those who use good knives know, "sawing" with a straight edged blade is what dulls it. "Chopping" on the other hand, does not dull straight blades. Using scissors, you can not make clean vertical cuts (chopping), but the material meets the blades diagonally, which is more of a sawing motion. Paper, being thicker than tape, would therefore dull your scissors faster than tape.

BUT if your scissors have micro-serrated blades, paper shouldn't dull them. In fact, they'll stay sharp for a much longer time. :-)

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ThespiSis
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ah...my costume professor's munchkin...i thought this was going to be about sewing, so your mom's actions seem a little too far out...what does it matter if you used the paper scissors to cut tape? anyhoo...according to the prof...scissors are for paper, shears are for fabric...never ever EVER use the shears on paper because it will dull the blades, and they won't cut fabric properly anymore

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Stubiter
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What's more disturbing is that the 'good' scissors
implies the existance of the 'evil' scissors..

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Island Manta
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quote:
Originally posted by Stubiter:
What's more disturbing is that the 'good' scissors
implies the existance of the 'evil' scissors..

Those are the ones we 'ran' with as kids.

-Kim "But I turned out just fine " [Laughing out loud]


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abbubmah
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I always wanted to know, if you have half a scissors, do you call it a "scizz"?

Uncle "inquiring bubbas everywhere want to know" Bubba

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Island Manta
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quote:
Originally posted by Uncle Bubba:
I always wanted to know, if you have half a scissors, do you call it a "scizz"?

Uncle "inquiring bubbas everywhere want to know" Bubba



I think that would be called 'trash' in my house...either that or ohe HECK of a dull knife

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CynthiaAnn4900
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The "evil" scissors were those stupid scissors for the left handed kids, that they used to give out in school. As you might suspect I'm left handed and I never understood why I had to use the dull, blunt tipped scissors that were always hard to use but the right handed kids got the longer sharper pointed tipped scissors. I guess the teachers thought, being a lefty that I would harm myself or others if given a pair of pointy scissors. There, I feel much better now.
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abbubmah
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quote:
Originally posted by CynthiaAnn4900:
The "evil" scissors were those stupid scissors for the left handed kids, that they used to give out in school.

That's because until recently it was thought that a lefty couldn't cut it in a right-handed world.

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moonlight
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You haven't felt sharp shears until you've felt haircutting shears (or sliced your hand open with them and couldn't get the bleeding to stop for 2 hours).

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Chava
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It's true that cutting paper with the sewing scissors wrecks them, but the real damage comes when the kids drop them on the floor with the blades open.

No you can't use my scissors!! Come back here!!

Chava


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BoKu
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quote:
Originally posted by Chava:
No you can't use my scissors!! Come back here!!

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Koshka
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The way I always heard it, paper contains small amounts of clay (?) and the clay will gradually blunt the blades.
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kjbrasda
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quote:
Originally posted by moonlight:
You haven't felt sharp shears until you've felt haircutting shears (or sliced your hand open with them and couldn't get the bleeding to stop for 2 hours).

moon "many scars between my fingers" light


and hair will dull regular scissors faster than anything!

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