for the women of instructibles (men if you have a significant other see if they could help too!) knives vs scissors!

Earlier today i made a post asking who carries knives on them and as i suspected its pretty much only guys that will walk around with a knife in their pocket (some exceptions apply of course) but as a designer and a guy that likes it when people are prepared for anything i feel this statistic is a little sad. Why not have some sort of tool with you that you can use to open things or make stuff with? As i have been talking to a few of my female friends the idea of having folding scissors came up.

Now i am curious would this be way more acceptable to have a pair of folding scissors than a folding knife?

I want to hear what you folks think so chime in with your opinions and also if you could use this poll that would be amazing!

As always i hope you have a great day, and be safe with all this hurricane business!

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maggiemcfee4 years ago
Let me be the 6th woman to say "I carry a Leatherman" (or sometimes a Squirt/Bomb Defuser). :) But, conversely, 90% of the guys I work with don't carry a knife or multitool. They don't work with their hands and, frankly, it's probably never crossed their minds. IMO it's more about what you do than what's in your undies. Makers/tinkerers/hunters* tend to carry tools - male or female - other people don't because they aren't thinking about the things that people like us are. They're not thinking "What if I need to strip some wire or file down a screw?"  because they're never stripped a wire in their life.

BTW - I think actually good and useable folding scissors would be great for those who use scissors a lot in their making. But I also think that's a different issue altogether. It's not my impression that women (or men, for that matter) who don't 'carry' are just waiting for a different tool.

Hmm... and now you've got me thinking that maybe I should get a 2nd Squirt. 

* - and, of course, there are the people who carry "weapons" because they're ***** crazy or violent or think it makes them look tough.
I'll be the 7th... and my husband always carries a knife.

IMO it's more about what you do than what's in your undies.

Well said, and I agree with you. Those of us who tend to use tools in our daily lives will generally carry one.

katrina7894 years ago
I'm a product design student and I always have a small pair of scissors in my pencil case especially as I write in a journal/look book every day. But I also used to carry a cheap craft knife or two, very handy for random things like cutting off tags, model making, cutting difficult shapes.

However I do get really paranoid that carrying a craft knife is seen as carrying a weapon, only because mine is so cheap, literally a knife on the end and small cover, no sliding/extending/snapping. I feel okay carrying scissors especially because I am female...not trying to be sexist.

Hope this helps oh and I completed the poll. =)
fuzzynurse4 years ago
My wife started to carry a S.A. knife on her car keys a few years ago because she got tired of having to borrow mine. She actually asked for it for her birthday or Xmas.
In my experience most girls do carry some sort of cutting implement, more likely scissors - in the depths of their bags...

Oddly they get mad when you use them for purposes they wouldnt...

I'd count nail clippers in the category of useful - good cutters for most materials if it's thing and great wire strippers too...

Personally I switch between a knock off leatherman (got it back when they were far too expensive) a large swiss army knife with a locking blade and a knife wrench (knife wrench is amazing, got it in a pound shop long before the scrubs joke)

There's also a little pound shop keyring one, folds in to a box and has a few good tools, including a ruler, oddly the bottle opener doesn't work, it's just not the right shape, who gets that wrong? The bottle opener?
"Most girls"!? Do you mean ladies or women?
Or chicks?
Nah I mean females...
Oddly they get mad when you use them for purposes they wouldnt...

Of course. Wouldn't you get mad if I'd use you for purposes you wouldn't?
*grins, ducks, runs*
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