Charlie Craven Talks Fly Tying Scissors

Charlie sits down and talks about fly tying scissors. Links below to the Scissors shown in this video:

Dr Slick Razor Scissors

Tiemco Razor Scissors

Renomed FS3 Scissors


Favorite quote from one of your classes: “scissors aren’t something you pass along to your grandkids.”

Rich Schoonover

Thanks for this post Charlie. When you were asking a week or two ago about questions for your feed, this is the first thing that came to mind. I had a nice pair of scissors that started to go dull about a year and a half ago and was hard pressed to find a pair that were equally thin at the tips. They were from Japan and I couldn’t find the same ones again.I came into your shop, but you weren’t there that day and ended up taking home a pair of Tiemco scissors. Your explanation about one blade width for cutting is perfect. There is not a lot of info online about the width of the blade and most scissors are very pointy, so this convolutes the conversation and every tier has different needs. You can spend hours trying to investigate different brands, etc. In retrospect, I probably should have gone with the Dr. Slick and ended up getting a few different pairs – my wife even got me a pair of surgical scissors for an outlandish price (I like to tie a lot of size 20-24 midges for local tailwaters during the shoulder seasons). I did end up finding a guy up in Oregon that actually sharpened my trusty old pair from Japan and modifying a Loon pair that I wasn’t happy with and that worked out well. I would probably go with the Renomed ones from this post had I seen this video when I was in the market. Word to any tiers, if your scissors are getting to the end of their life, I would suggest not trying to sharpen them yourself, since that will just make them worse and expedite their trip to the trashcan, haha.

Todd Fisher

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