Attack of the killer scissors.
|These look like harmless scissors. They are really deadly weapons.|
|Dr. Slick Razor scissors are shaaaaaaaarp!|
I tried a few other times to tie with scissors in hand, but I realized that I'm much more efficient if I just drop them when I'm finished with them. More importantly, I realized that there is no right or wrong way to do it, and that it's really determined on the comfort of the tyer. From my experience, here is a list of pros and cons of tying with scissors in hand (and take it with a grain of salt because I write this from the standpoint of an anti-scissor-in-hand-ite).
- It saves you time. If saving .78 milliseconds in the process of tying a bug really gets you going... By all means, grip those suckes.
- You look cool at the tying shows.
- It trains your hands to do two things at once. Look mom! I'm holding a pair of razor sharp eye removers while I'm eating dinner! (Just put them down before using the restroom).
- It's not ergonomic on the ol' wrists. If you are holding the scissors deep in your palm (which you almost have to do if you want the use of the rest of your tangible digits) you have to bend your wrist much more to get the scissors into the "cut zone." Yeah, I'm probably just a wuss.
- You may just jab your eye out. I'll buy my kids a Red Ryder, but NEVER a pair of Dr. Slicks.
- You don't really save all that much time.
All this being said, it's important to realize that this is just my opinion, and there are people who truly have mastered the technique of palming scissors while tying. I'm just bitter because I can't make it work.
I also asked Curtis because he is a former scissor holder. He says that he gained more dexterity by not holding the scissors in his hand, and can get a better hold on difficult-to-manipulate materials. Also, he points out that some of the scissors that are designed to be held in hand aren't necessarily the best for cutting. Wiss quick-clips and the "sixth finger" may be good in theory, but they lack in having an open gap and sharpness when put beside other normal scissors. Finally, Curtis said that efficiency can be regained if he strategically plans all of his cuts with the scissors. This eliminates the need to pick them up more than needed.