Saturday, January 17th, 2015
Somehow, many flyfishers seem to go a bit overboard on tackle. I suppose many hobbyists do, whether it's photography, flyfishing, cycling or stamps. I mean, I know cyclist who own two bikes of World Tour-standard (you know, as in two of the bikes Sir Wiggins is using) and although they are very serious about their hobby and training, the only justification really is that they can afford it.
This morning is noticed something similar in my own "collection" - I seem to have a lot of scissors :-). And the fact is that it's one pair that I use the most - as in 95% of the time!
They are the Anvil with the blue handle, long blades (and straight - the other par has curved blades, and I don't like that, so they are as new). Those Anvil-blades are quite impressive. They're not particularly expensive, in fact, considering that this particular pair is over 10 years old, and has made thousands and thousands of cuts on as many flies, they're in remarkably good shape.
I have ordered a new pair now, because the tip is dull, and I can't keep sharpening it, but when I get 10 years out of one pair of scissors, and that pair also sees the most use, then I don't care about the price really.
That said, I still have and use a few other pairs of scissors, which mainly come into use for specialty operations. The long pair made from steel, for instance. Petijean-brand - the long handles and long blades make them perfect for cutting off any excess when tying with (long) dubbing loops. Which is good, because that's exactly what they were made for.
The ones with the black rings are Tiemco tungsten blades. They are exceptionally sharp, right into the point, and they are remarkably expensive, and I never use them :-).
There are a few things I look for in scissors, and in the long Anvil-blades, I find almost all of them. Long, straight blades (check), good sized rings (check), a straight and a serrated blade-combo (check) and a fine point (here the Anvils need a little work - a file, some sandpaper or a Dremel quickly grinds the point down to a very fine one). And last - durability, which can only be assessed by use - Anvil's have passed that mark as well!
Durability also has a lot to do with how you use your scissors. With a little thought and some good habits, you'll prolong the life of your scissors considerably. I cut everything with my main pair: Hair, feathers, tinsels, wire and the lot. Just think about where you cut. When cutting wires and tinsels I always open the scissors fully and cut all the way down the bottom, near the joint. It doesn't matter if they are dulled a little at that point. It's the point you need acutely sharp.
So, I have too many scissors, I see that. But I assure you - I need every single rod and reel!
Have a great weekend!
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