I had a need. I wanted something to cut fishing line, unceremoniously cut worms in half and capable of pinching split shot type sinkers. I wanted something small, about 3 inches or less. An extra bonus would be something light enough to hang on a retracting lanyard and blunt so I wouldn't accidentally stab myself.
I scoured the local stores and the internet hoping for a small multi-tool which had some small pliers and a small pair of scissors. I found none to my liking. Both Gerber and Leatherman make such a tool, but I didn't want to spend the money.
Having given up on the multi-tool, I set my sights on modifying a pair of scissors by grinding the pointy tips down and pinching the split shot behind the pivot. I still was unable to find something I liked. Either the scissors were huge, had plastic handles unsuitable for the split shot, or were rather dear.
What to do? Well, make something of course!
Step 1: Prototype
I started with a prototype. I sketched out what I wanted on a piece of plastic, comparing the sketch to a small pair of my wife's sewing scissors. Once I got something I thought would work, I cut it out of the plastic with some... scissors - NOT my wife's sewing scissors though. I then traced around it and cut a second one. I stacked them, drilled the pivot hole and put a piece of copper wire through.
At this point, it looked good, time to proceed with the real deal!