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Kenneth Jacobs
(f8less) - F

Locale: Midwest
Lightweight Small Scissors & Blade/Knife on 09/06/2012 11:14:33 MDT Print View

Can anyone recommend where to find locally or online, a small lightweight pair of scissors for a medical kit? I want to get rid of my Leatherman Juice S2.

Any recommendations on a small yer still useful (for making fires) blade would be appreciated. I already have a Mora Companion MG - HC Steel, but it weighs in at 3.9oz...and the Juice S2 at 4.4oz (with it's pair of scissors) trading out the Juice for the Mora with small scissors isn't gonna work. Gotta get this weight down.



Edited by f8less on 09/06/2012 11:16:18 MDT.

David Affleck
Squirt PS4? on 09/06/2012 11:36:41 MDT Print View

Squirt PS4? About 2 oz, with scissors, knife, pliers etc. Or one of the smaller Swiss Army knives that have scissors.

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Lightweight Small Scissors & Blade/Knife on 09/06/2012 11:40:06 MDT Print View

The Victorinox Swiss Army Classic knife is just 3/4oz and has tweezers too. A pair of small Fiskars craft scissors (like embroidery scissors) are only 0.6oz and are much more effective than any of the scissors that come with knives. I carry a single edge razor blade wrapped in clear tape that is the lightest cutting edge I have found. If you want crazy light scissors, you can take apart a Swiss Army knife and keep the scissors, but they aren't as easy to use without the knife as a handle.

I think the Fiskars option is very good and frees you in deciding what knife or multi-tool to use. Add the Victorinox "Little Vicky" paring knife and you will have all the cutting tools needed for food prep, first aid and general repairs, and you will still be under 2 ounces :)

Mike Whitesell
(madgoat) - F

Locale: Ohio
kershaw twocan on 09/06/2012 11:43:56 MDT Print View

I have been eyeing the Kershaw Two Can for a while.

You can use it as scissors or as a blade with a single bevel. It has a gate clip for attaching to whatever. Weighs in at 0.9 oz.

I used one of them in a store and thought they would work fine for standard backpacking duty. IMHO, I would prefer using this to an SAK Classic because the blade is a bit more robust and larger than the SAK and the scissors seemed to be much easier to use. On the other hand, I am not a fan of blades with single bevel grind (like the Baledeo and the leatherman squirt multitools).

Might be an option worth looking at.... They run for 20 bucks on amazon.

from kershaw's website

The patent-pending Two Can is a combination knife and scissors tool. Open one blade and use the Two Can like any pocketknife. But when only a pair of scissors will get the job done, open the Two Can's second blade and you've got an easy-to-use pair of scissors that can be operated by pressing the two blades together between thumb and forefinger. The Two Can features Kershaw's quality construction, too. The blades are tough 420J2 stainless steel and fold into a 303 stainless steel or anodized aluminum handles. Users deploy the blades with nail-nicks slotted in each blade. There's even has a mini-carabineer built into the handle to make it easy to attach the tool to key chain or zipper pull for easy access to this handy tool.

Steel: 420J2 stainless-steel
Handle: Anodized aluminum
Blade Length: 1 1/2 in. (3.5 cm)
Closed Length: 2 3/4 in. (7.0 cm)
Weight: 0.9 oz.

Tom Holbrook
(Zandar) - MLife

Locale: Central Coast of California
Gerber "Dime" on 09/06/2012 12:19:03 MDT Print View

I just went to REI, and was bent on picking up a Leatherman Squirt PS4, but hanging right next to the PS4, was the Gerber "Dime" for $19.95...

I bought one, and it looks great, although slightly heavier at 2.2 oz.


Mike M
(mtwarden) - MLife

Locale: Montana
SAK scissors on 09/06/2012 12:41:40 MDT Print View

if you don't want to dissect one of your knives, you can purchase the scissors as stand alone ones (they are replacements for the Swiss Card)- that's what I did (as I carry a small fixed blade knife and don't need to carry two knives)

Kenneth Jacobs
(f8less) - F

Locale: Midwest
Re: SAK scissors on 09/06/2012 12:58:36 MDT Print View

OOH! That looks perfect! Any idea of their weight and length, etc.?

Mike M
(mtwarden) - MLife

Locale: Montana
Re: Re: SAK scissors on 09/06/2012 13:08:45 MDT Print View

6 grams, 2 3/4" long- you could get the weight to 4 grams by trimming off the round section at the end (would also shorten them a little too)

Kenneth Jacobs
(f8less) - F

Locale: Midwest
Re: Re: Re: SAK scissors on 09/06/2012 13:22:07 MDT Print View


Awesome! Thank you for your help. I've never ran across that product. Found the whole card on Amazon for $15 and Free shipping. As long as the scissors will cut moleskin it's a Win - Win! The whole card combined with a Mora Classic 2/0 will come in at 2.8oz or less. I just loose out on the pliers on my Leatherman Juice S2...but oh well, I'll deal. It's nice cause the other stuff in the card will also replace a few other heavier items I already have. :O)


Edited by f8less on 09/06/2012 13:25:26 MDT.

David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
Re: Re: Re: Re: SAK scissors on 09/06/2012 14:38:07 MDT Print View

Yes, those scissors in the card will cut moleskin. I'll also point out that ANY time you use scissors instead of a blade, you reduce the likelihood of injuries.

My Swiss Army (Victorinox) Classic is 21 grams. Blade, scissors, nail file (+small flat screwdriver), toothpick, tweezers. I popped the handle off of one side (the toothpick side) of one of mine, but it only saved 1.5 grams = 19.5 g, so I wouldn't suggest it - it is easier to hold and use with plastic on both sides.

Sometimes, has girly patterned ones (flowers, bright colors, whatever) for cheap, especially if used with a 25% off offer.

Kenneth Jacobs
(f8less) - F

Locale: Midwest
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: SAK scissors on 09/06/2012 15:03:55 MDT Print View


Thanks for the heads up on the pocket knife format. I'm thinking the Swisscard (sounds like I should be putting luxurious charges on it) is gonna fit my bill a little better being at least 0.5oz less and containing a pen & sliver pickin' pin. I kinda like that the little razor blade replacement knife and scissors are not all connected should I need to use them in some (medical?) precise way.

I think this combined with the Mora Classic 2/0 knife should make a good kit of tools to tackle almost anything. Let's just hope I don't end up finding a serious need for the pliers contained in my Juice S2 down the road.

Once again, thanks for your insight and frugality. I appreciate it!


Edited by f8less on 09/06/2012 15:05:06 MDT.

Susan Papuga
(veganaloha) - M

Locale: USA
Leatherman Micra on 09/07/2012 03:48:05 MDT Print View

Try the LM Micra, you can have scissors and you won't need the Juice.

rowan !

Locale: SF Bay Area
Leatherman Style on 09/07/2012 04:35:17 MDT Print View

How about a Leatherman Style? Knife, scissors, little screwdriver, nail file, and tweezers, all weighing only .8 ounce (stated weight on package; I didn't weigh mine.)

Edited by romonster on 09/07/2012 04:37:10 MDT.

Gregory Stein
(tauneutrino) - F

Locale: Upper Galilee
Leatherman Style - nothing else! on 09/07/2012 04:41:26 MDT Print View

at 42 gram (and $17) this tiny multitool has everything you need:
420HC Knife
Flat/Phillips Screwdriver
Nail File

Amazing piece of gear!

The smallest is the Style:

Kenneth Jacobs
(f8less) - F

Locale: Midwest
Good Reviews of Swiss Cards on 09/07/2012 12:45:03 MDT Print View

Founds some good reviews of the two different Swiss Cards:

Victorinox Swiss Card Lite:

Victorinox Swiss Card Classic:

Jen Churchward
(mahgnillig) - F
Spyderco Ladybug on 09/08/2012 09:57:31 MDT Print View

If you're looking for a standalone blade that is better than your average mini multitool blade, check out the Spyderco Ladybug. It has a 2" locking blade which feels pretty sturdy and is sharp. Weighs 17g on my scale :)

gregory tomlinson

Locale: New York City
Fly tying scissors on 09/08/2012 11:14:21 MDT Print View

It sounds like you've already settled on a tool, but I just wanted to throw fly tying scissors out as a light weight pair thats fairly easy to search for. I have a couple of pairs. A standard metal pair from a fly tying starter kit is just 16g. And a pair of kershaw skeeter II are 24g and even have fancy handles, though they contribute to the weight.

Also, for folding knives, the SOG micro tanto is pretty small and is 12g, though it doesn't have a lock on the blade. I personally have a victorinox basic little knife 21g with the scissors that I use.

Jim L
Lightweight (not so small) Scissors on 09/08/2012 11:43:05 MDT Print View

Stainless blades with plastic handles. Actually handle and cut very nicely.

Eight (8) grams.


Have no clue where they came from but they are disposable suture removal scissors. Found them cleaning out Dad's house after he died.


Edited by bmafg on 09/08/2012 13:56:35 MDT.

Kenneth Jacobs
(f8less) - F

Locale: Midwest
Re: Re: Re: SAK scissors on 09/20/2012 15:07:41 MDT Print View


Just wanted to say thanks again for the tip on the SAK Swisscard scissors. Great little tiny scissors!! Even though they're smaller than the ones in my LM Juice S2, I feel they're better made and can definately handle whatever I throw at them.


Mike M
(mtwarden) - MLife

Locale: Montana
Re: Re: Re: Re: SAK scissors on 09/20/2012 16:07:53 MDT Print View

Ken- glad they worked for you! :)