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Fishing Scissors

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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!
 
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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!

Step 2: Tools & Materials

Tools:
Hacksaw with fine tooth blade
Flat metal file
Rat tail file
Drill
1/8" drill bit
3/8" drill bit
Very small drill bit for lanyard hole
Sharpie marker
Utility knife
150 grit sandpaper
Hammer
Vise

Materials:
Old circular saw blade
6-32 machine screw
danny61142 years ago
I assume you're just cutting monofilament line with these, have you tried them on braided or fused superlines?
Goodluck (author)  danny61142 years ago
I have not tried them on those lines, monofilament is all I use.
To prevent the blades from opening, you could place the blades into a piece of rubber tubing acting as a sheath. Bonus: You are less likely to hurt yourself on the tip.
Goodluck (author)  simsonflieger2 years ago
That is a good idea, but would require two hands to prepare for use. Some sort of sheath attached to my life vest though... That would keep them from opening, cover the blades and keep them from being caught on things. Having it attached to the vest means one could pull them out with one hand.
criggie2 years ago
I suspect the steel would be too hard to fold/bend, but that might be all it needs to stop the slide-past.

Or put another bolt/screw through, or weld a blob in place, on one side so it acts as a stop.
acoleman32 years ago
for the worm sliding problem, you could file very small teeth one one blade to give it grip. to keep them closed, you might want to see about the hook and post on a pair of wiss snips. although i'm not sure how well it'd work since snips are spring loaded, but i'm sure you could figure a way to modify it.

like mabey riveting a thin spring to the top blade with a hole that'd slip over the top of the post. to open them it'd be a matter of lifting the spring enough to clear the post and if you turned up the end, when you close them it may slide up and fall onto the post end by itself.
acoleman32 years ago
on your next one, if indeed there *is* a next one, try heating up a small section of 3mm (1/8 in) mild steel rod with a propane torch until it's bright red to anneal it. then let it air cool and snip off a length that is the thickness of your scissors plus a couple mm for a rivet. using a 340 g (appr 12 oz) ball peen hammer and some careful peening and checking, you'll be able to get the joint tight to suit your taste and it will never come loose. plus it'd look a lot cleaner then a screw.
acoleman32 years ago
haha, pretty much you made you own layout fluid with the sharpie. capitol idea mate.
jko1992 years ago
Nice job. To stop the handles from bypassing you could dip each end in rubber coating.
Goodluck (author)  jko1992 years ago
That is a great idea, only I'd have to buy some rubber dip stuff... I'm sure if I searched hard enough I could come up with several other things to dip too though.
Toga_Dan2 years ago
Nice job. How well do they work?
Goodluck (author)  Toga_Dan2 years ago
They work quite well so far. We'll have to see how long they stay sharp.
*applause" as a fisherwoman i understand how darn annoying normal scissors are..well done on this creation
Kiteman2 years ago
As the philosopher said; "See a need, fill a need."