The Wiss MultiMaster snips discussed earlier this week are great for general purpose use, and the Midwest Knifti-Cut cutters discussed yesterday are similarly multi-purposed but in a much more compact package.
But what if you only need to make a small precision cut or two in light material, such as a thin wire? Larger shears are clunky for finer cuts, so that’s where the Wiss Quick-Clip scissors come in.
The Wiss 1570B Quick-Clip are small scissors with short sharp-pointed blades. The blades are made from stainless steel and are replaceable in case you ding or dull them. Overall length is just 4-3/4″, and the handles are made from industrial-grade PVC.
Spring-action handles make it easier and more comfortable when you need to make multiple cuts.
If the sharp-pointed blades don’t suit your needs, there’s another version (1571B) that comes with blunt-point blades.
Back in the early 1980’s Fiskars actually sold a American made version of these and I still own that same scissor luckily. Apparently at one point the Wiss version was even USA made.
Harry J Epstein sells a USA made Hertiage clip scissors and those are made out of solid steel.
I’ve used these scissors to strip wire before and even to cut enlongated carpet threads as well.
Gingher makes version that are really nice.
I was interested about this item in particular and turns out this company, Gingher is owned by Fiskars.
I expected that item number G-TN thread nibbles to be made in the PRC or Taiwan, but turns out these are made in Italy. Considering this is Fiskars and seemingly most of their items are made in one location, I certainly did not expect this at all.
Definitely a bonus that they offer a sharpening service though. This is not free, but oh well.
Nice! I need new Weed scissors.
For what it’s worth, this is a tool used by seamstresses and tailors to nip stray threads on dresses, shirts, etc. I have the pair available from Harry J. Epstein (all stainless steel), which are heavy; these would lend themselves to more frequent use owing to their lighter weight and maneuverability. I would suggest a small pair of dykes for regularly clipping fine wire (which will dull the blades), but occasional use shouldn’t be a problem.
As a follow-up, these are also great for cutting monofilament fishing line and while tying flies for trout fishing.