What are Folding Scissors?

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Folding scissors are often small, embroidery type scissors that fold up to protect the points. The folding mechanism allows users to carry the scissors safely when traveling. Some find this type of scissors convenient to attach to a key ring or store in a pocket, purse, tackle box, desk drawer, or car glove compartment. Campers, hikers and backpackers also find them useful. Most folding scissors can cut through fabric, plastic, paper, thread and tape.

Some models have plastic coated handles. Those with bigger loops for handles are more accommodating for large fingers. Folding scissor options include needle point blades when precise cutting is needed. Some are sold with a protective sheath.

Various other features include die cast handles, heat treated blades, and hand assembly. Although the scissor sizes vary in length, most are approximately 4 inches (10 cm) in length when open and 2-3 inches (5-7.5 cm) when closed.

The cost of folding scissors varies greatly, although inexpensive versions might not fold and unfold smoothly. Quality scissors feature stainless steel blades. They are sold at hardware, craft, grocery and big box retail stores, and are readily available online.

Some companies that manufacture folding scissors will enclose them in a pouch personalized with a company name or logo to be used for promotional purposes. Most scissors fold into a rectangular shape, but one unique model folds into a circular shape.


Many utility knives includes scissors as one of the tools that folds out. Some snipper type scissors fold up similar to a pocket knife. These scissors often feature spring loaded blades and soft rubber grips.

Folding scissors are not a new invention. Vintage and antique examples are available for sale as collector’s items. Some feature pearl-like handles; others come in original packaging or leather case. One vintage design is called stork scissors because of the decorative markings that make the scissors resemble a bird, with the blades forming the beak.


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