I’ve been cleaning up my Amazon wishlist, and came across a saved entry for Engineer Inc.’s PH-55 Tetsuwan scissors. It seems that these awesome Japanese-made scissors dropped in price recently, from ~$30 to just $18. My wishlist entry actually says that they dropped in price from $35, which was the price when I added them to the list, but I believe they were around $30 before that.
I wrote about these Engineer Tetsuwan scissors briefly a while back when a dealer was clearancing out all their tools, but haven’t quite hammered out the review yet. Sorry about that, as these scissors are on a short list of tools that I think all ToolGuyd readers should know about.
There are a couple of things you need to know about these scissors before you jump at the chance to buy them at the new reduced price.
First, they’re small. That’s part of what makes them such great EDC (everyday carry) scissors. I have medium-sized hands (medium/~9″ glove size), and can fit 2 fingers in one loop, and my thumb in the other.
With the blade guard on, the scissors measure less than 6-1/2″ from end to end.
Second, they’re more comfortable than they look. If a 3-finger grip doesn’t work for you, slide your thumb into one loop and your fingers around the other. I can open the scissors with such a grip, using my middle and ring finger.
Lastly, these scissors are more useful than they look. One blade is partially serrated with deep sharp grooves that make cutting difficult materials a cinch. The outer edge of the same blade is beveled, making it suitable as a sharp-but-not-too-sharp safety box opener. Lastly, there’s a wire cutter at the front of the handles near the pivot.
These scissors are utterly fantastic, and I often toss them into my bag, whether I think I’ll need them or not. They’re quicker to use than the scissors on any multi-tool I know of, and perform better too.
Pause for a moment to think about whether the scissors’ small size works for you. Then order a pair or add them to your cart or wishlist for future consideration. Even though I own two pairs already, I’ve got these in my Amazon wishlist in case it strikes me to get a third pair.
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I’ve got one of my Engineer Tetsuwan scissors near my computer. If you have any questions, I’ll try to answer them the best I can. I’ll also try to keep them in one place so that I can snap a few photos the next time I have my camera out. Online product images don’t really do these scissors justice.
It didn’t feel right to talk about EDC scissors without throwing in a mention of the Leatherman Raptor medical shears ($60+ via Amazon). They’re superb folding shears that work very well, but they’re somewhat expensive and most suitable for rescuers and medical professionals.
Regular non-folding medical-style shears are also a suitable, but not space-saving EDC option. Here are 5 reasons why you might want to buy medical-style shears.
There’s also the Midwest Knifti-Cut, which are great general multi-purpose shears that are compact enough to stow in a small portable tool kit.
I’ve given the topic of best EDC scissors and shears some thought, and still think the Engineer Inc. scissors best all of the other options I’ve seen. Have you seen something different that might work better?