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Scissors for vacform canopies
« on: October 22, 2020, 02:04:32 pm »
I  am after a  pair of  decent but not too expensive  scissors to cut vacform canopies with.  All my  scissors including my fly tying  ines are struggling with the  canopy  on my T.188. Any recommendations  on a decent pair would be  much appreciated.
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Re: Scissors for vacform canopies
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2020, 03:15:56 pm »
a good quality brand finger nail pair is what I use.
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Re: Scissors for vacform canopies
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2020, 03:29:22 pm »
Cheers Robert, I  think I have some of those  but the blades are  curved.  I will  look for some straight edged ones. :thumbsup:
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Re: Scissors for vacform canopies
« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2020, 03:30:47 am »
I have a pair of stainless steel scissors I liberated from a first aid kit I was parting out.  Straight blades, longer handles than the usual small nail scissors.
They are meant for cutting clothing and dressings.
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Re: Scissors for vacform canopies
« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2020, 03:40:51 am »
a good quality brand finger nail pair is what I use.

Second that. I have a Zwilling finger nail scissor - actually bought for its natural field of use, but the extra bucks spent for them paid out: Still sharp and exact after many years, and my to-go tool for vacu canopies or other sheet material cuts that call for delicate, crisp edges.
Cheap stuff tends to lose its sharpness much quicker, and the link tends to loosen/wear out much quicker.

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Re: Scissors for vacform canopies
« Reply #5 on: October 23, 2020, 06:03:21 am »
I have a pair of small, straight bladed veterinary scissors a friend's veterinary nurse daughter got for me. Secret is to keep them sharp. You can always get them sharpened at places that sharpen knives etc if you can't yourself. I was useless at sharpening tools at school and still am.
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Re: Scissors for vacform canopies
« Reply #6 on: October 23, 2020, 04:26:12 pm »
I think investing in a couple of different types could be helpful, especially with the canopy on this T.188 as its an awkward shape to cut properly
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Re: Scissors for vacform canopies
« Reply #7 on: October 24, 2020, 04:55:41 am »
The whole T.188 is an awkward shape! But very interesting nonetheless.
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Re: Scissors for vacform canopies
« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2020, 05:35:37 am »
Sometimes if a vacform canopy is an awkward shape to cut out I'll fill it with Blue Tack which means that you have something "sturdier" to cut and can see the frame line more clearly. Make sure you've dipped the canopy in Klear or whatever you use a couple of times before using the Blue Tack though to avoid any becoming a nuisance to remove. It can be a persistent little so and so  when it comes to clinging on sometimes.
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Re: Scissors for vacform canopies
« Reply #9 on: October 24, 2020, 12:37:28 pm »
Thankyou for the tip Chris, I have  some  blue tac somewhere in the house  :thumbsup:
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Re: Scissors for vacform canopies
« Reply #10 on: October 24, 2020, 02:20:40 pm »
The whole T.188 is an awkward shape! But very interesting nonetheless.
You are not wrong there Kit, I am taking my time with it as I have already  broken a piece of it off that I can't find . It will be suitably armed with  firestreak missiles  of course.
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Re: Scissors for vacform canopies
« Reply #11 on: October 24, 2020, 03:50:55 pm »
I have a pair of stainless steel scissors I liberated from a first aid kit I was parting out.  Straight blades, longer handles than the usual small nail scissors.
They are meant for cutting clothing and dressings.
Try in the appropriate section of a chemists

Or search Amazon for Tuff Cut scissors, you can get them for under a fiver.

Curved nail cutters might help for canopies.  I've got a pair of straight edged nail cutters from a pound shop.  They're okay, but aren't sprung, that's useful.
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Re: Scissors for vacform canopies
« Reply #12 on: October 25, 2020, 11:54:16 am »
I am escaping from the house  tomorrow  to see my doctor  so I  will see what scissors I can find in the shop nearby, I  will get a few different pairs as I want some  better ones for cutting decals out too.
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Re: Scissors for vacform canopies
« Reply #13 on: October 26, 2020, 07:20:28 am »
Butter up the practice nurse while your there, they may have some they're going to throw out ?  ;)

My practice nurse lets me use their "sharps box" to safely dispose of old scalpel blades so you never know  :angel:
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Re: Scissors for vacform canopies
« Reply #14 on: October 26, 2020, 07:44:18 am »
No such  luck  I am afraid  Chris, I  got there only to be told I  can't  see him and that I will have to rebook a telephone consultation.  Nobody let me know  this in the meantime  so I  had a wasted journey.  I wasn't impressed  and told them too. No luck in  the two shops I  thought would  sell them either.  Looking like I will have a  buy online  instead. Marvellous.  :banghead:
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