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#75322 - 10/23/06 08:08 PM What can scissors do a knife can't?
Malpaso Offline
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Registered: 09/12/05
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Loc: MA
In one of my set ups, I'm trying to pack the most useful item, and eliminate similar ones. At odds with each other are a Gerber multi-tool and a Swiss Army knife Fisherman model. The key items are that the multi-tool has a saw blade and the knife has scissors. My thinking is that I'd rather have a saw blade and not scissors, than have scissors and not a saw blade. I don't want to buy another piece of kit that has both. So, are there any instances where you'd absolutely need the scissors where a conventional blade wouldn't do the job?
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#75323 - 10/23/06 08:36 PM Re: What can scissors do a knife can't?
Chris Kavanaugh Offline
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Registered: 02/09/01
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Paper,Rock,Scissors? Inuit sew garments for possibly the most hostile climate on earth with an ulu, thread and needle. Leave the scissors at home to cut out articles on your survival ordeal and ultimate ordeal for the scrapbook.

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#75324 - 10/23/06 08:38 PM Re: What can scissors do a knife can't?
Craig_phx Offline
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Registered: 04/05/05
Posts: 715
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
If you had a LeatherMan Wave you wouldn't have to decide. <img src="/images/graemlins/blush.gif" alt="" />
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#75325 - 10/23/06 08:45 PM Re: What can scissors do a knife can't?
Malpaso Offline
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At this point, there is no decision needed. I see no reason to need the scissors, hence the question. Besides, I wouldn't buy a Leatherman, but that's another topic altogether.
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#75326 - 10/23/06 09:02 PM Re: What can scissors do a knife can't?
unimogbert Offline
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Registered: 08/10/06
Posts: 842
Loc: Colorado
Neatly cut moleskin to fit where it needs to go.

My tiny EDC SAK scissors are enough.
I'd make a hash out of the moleskin if I tried to use the knife blade. (yes, it's very, very sharp but it would stll be ugly)

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#75327 - 10/23/06 10:38 PM Re: What can scissors do a knife can't?
billym Offline
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Registered: 12/01/05
Posts: 616
Loc: Oakland, California
EMT Scissors are important to safely cut clothing off an injured person without moving them excessively. A knife with a sharp tip would be very dangerous. You might justfy the scissors for first aid applications.
What are you planning to use the saw for? In many cases wood can be broken to shorthen the length. If it is for fire then don't cut it just burn it in half or burn one end and keep pushing it to the center of the fire as it burns down.
On the other hand both saws and scissors are specialty items when compared to a knife so maybe you don't need either.

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#75328 - 10/24/06 12:22 AM Re: What can scissors do a knife can't?
Roarmeister Offline
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Registered: 09/12/01
Posts: 848
Loc: Saskatchewan, Canada
It can trim stray moustache & beard hairs. [And nose hair, but let's not go there <img src="/images/graemlins/cool.gif" alt="" />]

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#75329 - 10/24/06 01:18 AM here's one thing
jmarkantes Offline
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Registered: 05/02/05
Posts: 138
Loc: Portland, OR, USA
You can't run with scissors. But you can apparently run with a knife.

I mean, according to my teachers when growing up...

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#75330 - 10/24/06 04:43 PM Re: What can scissors do a knife can't?
JIM Offline
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Registered: 03/18/06
Posts: 1029
Loc: The Netherlands
Survival kit/BOB: Multitool

EDC: SAK (though not my first choice, nor my second one. I'dd buy a Wave...)
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#75331 - 10/25/06 04:16 AM Re: What can scissors do a knife can't?
Craig_phx Offline
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Registered: 04/05/05
Posts: 715
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
OK let's have a vote: who prefers the Wave/Charge Ti?
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