Eowyn, warrior babe with gold toes
The Red and the Green Stamps
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. :-)
gold "was a knife saleswoman once, and only sold scissors" toes
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
ThespiSis "and don't call the shears scissors" @hotmail.com
-------------------- Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.~~Alfred Hitchcock
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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