#505: Opencutters

I have used scissors for all sorts of inappropriate tasks, such as graunching my way through heavy electrical cables or even the woody stems of decorative indoor plants.

This has the effect of blunting, even snapping, scissors and it may also be dangerous as I apply the full force of my substantial two-handed grip to a workpiece never intended to be scissored.

Today’s invention is a pair of scissors which cuts when the ring handles are separated rather than brought together. This requires the user to cut using only the much less mechanically advantageous hand opening muscles.

The result is less frequently abused scissors and a lowered risk of injury due to employing much lower forces. Knowing I won’t be able to force my way through some cutting task will lessen my tendency to use scissors when I actually need a weightier tool.

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