Fiskars Titanium Nitride Shop Snips for String Bed Cutters?

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  1. varuscelli

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    I was wandering around the Home Depot today and saw these Fiskars titanium nitride 8-inch shop snips and thought they might make good string bed cutters. (That based on their look, comfortable feel, and description.) I had never seen these particular shop snips before, but noticed them today (priced at just under $14). I believe they're a relatively new product (?)

    What do you think?


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    Here's part of the the Home Depot description:
    • High carbon, serrated stainless steel blades coated with Titanium Nitride
    • Spring action handles open automatically after each cut to reduce fatigue
    • Built-in wire notch
    • Snips: leather, rope, vinyl, thin wire, twine, light plastics, paper and more
    Fiskars describes them: Titanium Nitride Multi Shop Snip—Most versatile. Cuts cables to cans and everything in between.

    They're described in more detail here on the Home Depot site:

    http://www.homedepot.com/prel80/HDU...com2froogle-_-product_feed-_-D25X-_-100098788

    and on another site, here, as a kind of "mini review":

    http://www.kk.org/cooltools/archives/001032.php
     
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  2. theace21

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    Might be a little over kill for me - but congratulations on 1000 posts!!
     
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  3. Young Pete

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    i believe just a generic narrow wire cutting pliers (not the long nose) would work just as fine.
     
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  4. varuscelli

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    Dang! I thought it was my millionth post, but I guess it must only seem that way in the "Stringing Machines" section. ;)
     
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  5. theace21

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    You are the hardest working man on the TW board. I have to check out your site daily it changes so much!
     
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  6. varuscelli

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    I'll take that as a compliment, although it might be construed as a simple acknowledgment of my near obsessive/compulsive effort on the photo library. :)

    But, in reality, the site is just one of my ways of attempting to avoid real work. Unfortunately, I'm doing the real work, too, so all I'm avoiding is the average person's recommended amount of sleep per night.

    Once I'm past the holidays (and the initial push on the photo library), I'm gonna sleep for a week straight just to try and catch up.
     
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  7. jj300

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    the cutters will work fine. Personally I just bought the ones that alpha and gss sells, the last time I ordered strings from alpha. They work well and cut any string with ease.
     
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  8. Mike Cottrill

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    Those will work. But if your are looking for the econo route, you can use these rubbermade ones. I think you can get them from walmart for 6.99 or 7.99??

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    I use ones similar to the ones JJ uses
     
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  9. diredesire

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    i prefer these garden type cutters/shop snips for cutting strings. I have cheapo dollar store ones, they work great! Just make sure the steel is strong, as the strings (as they're separating) can start to warp the steel after a while.
     
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  10. Koz

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    I just use something like these:

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  11. chrisplchs

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    home depot and wal mart both sell one of those garden shears that are better and won't cost you 14. it should be about 6 and it is also made by fiskars. i use them because i like that you can close them with one hand and the locking mechanism won't accidentally catch the handle
     
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  12. tennis-skater

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    i use those garden shear things, i just found them in my dads toolbox and they work really well. i improvise on all the tools
     
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  13. snoflewis

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    i like nail clippers. small, sharp, convenient
     
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  14. Redflea

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    Don't listen to anyone else who says you don't need these...any self-respecting, gear collecting, over-doing-it guy NEEDS those! :D

    I think we all need to order two pairs, one for the garage, and one for the kitchen tool drawer, just in case.

    I currently use my trusty JA Henckels scissors...not nearly manly enough!

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  15. varuscelli

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    We've got the Henckels already, but I don't think my wife will allow me to try them on Kevlar. :mad:

    The other ones, on the other hand, might double up for racquet stringing and to help me repair the barb wire fence and keep the cattle from escaping.
     
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  16. its_me_leon

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    I use these Fiskars scissors. They are very sharp and don't leave any sharp or rough edges on strings.

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  17. Redflea

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    Well exactly. Since you're stringing w/strips of bullet-proof vests, you need the heavy-duty snips. Since I'm only stringing with wimpy stuff like gut and multis, I could probably use these... ;)

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  18. tguru

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    VMan, I did the same thing about a year ago(walking through the Depot). I stay on the lookout for better tools and purchased this one. Ergonomic, pointed jaws give easy insertion, fat handles that aid cutting, not too small or too large. I would get one. 20 year certified stringer.
     
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  19. varuscelli

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    Oh, puh-leeze, Redflea. I have much whimpier looking scissors than those lying around the house. Don't make me post them. :p
     
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  20. barry

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    For that really tough poly, you could get serious about a shear!
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  21. varuscelli

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    Ha! Glad to see no one's going over-the-top with this concept. :p

    (Tempting, though, as much as I hate to admit it.)

    Give a stringer one of those and a set of barb wire snips and there'd be nothing left standing between him and racquet stringing immortality. Nothing left standing at all. ;)
     
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  22. hadoken

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    I'm another nailclipper user...heck I keep a pair on my keychain. Simple and effective
     
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  23. varuscelli

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    Thank you! I was waiting for someone to prompt me with an excuse to buy, so I got them. I'm in your debt. :)

    Fortunately for me, I think they'll come in handy for a lot of things, but if my wife tries to borrow them, it'll be, "No, not the string bed cutters!"

    And since the manufacturer stock photo makes them look crummy and lends no sense of perspective, I did my own photos. (And, yeah, I know I get carried away by things that interest me. It'll likely be my downfall one day, but in the mean time, what the heck?)

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  24. tguru

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    I would not let them leave the confines of your stringing room!
     
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  25. varuscelli

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    Yes, and the best idea would be to tell even myself "no" if I want to use them for anything else. ;)

    They'll get a little tag that says, "If Found Elsewhere, Please Contact Stringing Dept. Immediately."
     
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  26. Sixpointone

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    Hi Varuscelli,

    I was searching the Forums, and I just wanted to post to say both that Fiskars looks to be a great tool, as well as Thanks for sharing your website with incredible Tennis Stringing Related pictures with us.

    All My Best,
    John
     
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