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    I'm in need of better scissors for tying. the ones I use now are over 60 years old. They were my dad's when he tied as a teenager.

    So I need a new pair but I don't know what is the best to get. Iight I mostly bucktail jigs crappie jigs and just starting to tie flies.

    So, what kind of general all purpose scissors do you like.

    Thanks!

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    Dont know if I would get into a technical debate about their merits but I use two pair

    Pair #1 regular old plain jane standard doctor slicks for do it all work; wires, feathers stems, any and everything tying related

    Pair #2 Dr Slick Razor scissors for fine work only, small dry flies, little midges etc. $30 seemed steep for scissors but they truly are "razor" sharp
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    Without a doubt, Anvil. The pair I have is almost 10 years old and they are bomb-proof. A little stiff at first but they stay sharp and then get sharp real quick when sharpened. I love them and they are one tool they would have to pry from my cold, dead hands in the end!!



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    A friend tier of mine showed me these and I have not used anything but since. Outside of the scissors for tinsel, wire and the like.

    6th Finger Fly Tying Scissors
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    I use Dr Slicks and am very happy with them. Have 3 pair: all purpose, arrow, and hair. Also use a regular old pair of scissors to clip wire etc.

    My advice: buy good scissors for cutting finer material, cutting the material on the fly body. For cutting hair off of skins, cutting wire, etc it isn't as important.
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    Quote Originally Posted by williamhj View Post
    I use Dr Slicks and am very happy with them. Have 3 pair: all purpose, arrow, and hair. Also use a regular old pair of scissors to clip wire etc.

    My advice: buy good scissors for cutting finer material, cutting the material on the fly body. For cutting hair off of skins, cutting wire, etc it isn't as important.
    Ha my pair of Dr Slicks used for wire weren't intended as wire ones....sort of a craneous rectus (Latin for head in dark) moment tying hares ears and realized I butchered my scissors cutting and trimming the wire wrap..........oooops, yeah regular old $1.99 hobby/craft scissors would have been a wiser move

    Sometimes my own brilliance is dumbfounding
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    Quote Originally Posted by comeonavs View Post
    Ha my pair of Dr Slicks used for wire weren't intended as wire ones....sort of a craneous rectus (Latin for head in dark) moment tying hares ears and realized I butchered my scissors cutting and trimming the wire wrap..........oooops, yeah regular old $1.99 hobby/craft scissors would have been a wiser move

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    I use the Dr. Slick tungsten in an arrow pattern for most tying, but also love the razors for really fine work.

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    I can only comment on what I have experience with. I used dirt cheap Sunrise scissors for many years, think 1969 - 1992. I don't know how I did that but suspect it was the single edge razor blade I always have handy that kept me going. Then round about I laid down the unheard of price of around 14.99 for a pair of Dr. Slick with the curve blades and they are still sharp enough for all my needs today. For the price I don't believe you can go wrong with them.

    I do however keep a single edge razor at the ready still and use it almost as much as the clippers.

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    Dr Slick. great for cutting everything especially wire (cut it at the pivot area not the point)




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