back to article US chap sharpens paradigm-busting scissors

The list of what the Romans ever did for us is impressive indeed, and apparently includes taking time between building aqueducts and making wine to invent the pivoting scissors, in around 100AD. What the Romans unforgivably didn't ever do, though, was crack just how to cut wire mesh with scissors without doing yourself some …

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Phew...

...another first world problem solved

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Looking at my hands... I would have gladly paid for this gadget this weekend.

Wire mesh is a necessity in construction (especially in rural parts and third world) as it is the most effective anti-rodent measure. In fact, there is very little first-world to it.

If you ever had to cut it (especially in place while nailing it to rafters) you would have appreciated this invention.

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Indeed. Wire mesh + cement = your hens are still in their enclosure in the morning, and not inside a fox or a weasel.

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If you need to cut wire mesh in the future, pick up a set of 'offset' or 'upright' snips. They basically do the same thing as this bloke's "invention", but they're built for cutting metal on a daily basis so they'll probably last longer.

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Typical discrimination

against left-handers. My wife will be really cross when she finds out.

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Re: Typical discrimination

Either you forgot the joke icon or didn't watch the video - the inventor is left handed as well. The shears are either handed

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Re: Typical discrimination

...or both. Colour me chastised.

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Just like those shears for edging a lawn.

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Now...

...if only someone had thought of a name for those ;)

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History repeats

Way back in the early 60s I had a pair of tin snips that had a 60 degree angle between blades and handle - just the thing for making long cuts on large sheets of metal.

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Re: History repeats

Got some in my garage right now :)

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Yep. Got some in my workshop. Bought for £1 at a car boot. The poor guy selling them didn't know what use they were for.

Cut some sheet copper with them only last week.

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> Got some in my garage right now :)

Well they're in the old man's garage, but...

We had then in the metalwork room at school too, plus a larger version (guillotine) where the top arm started off a right angles to the work.

Sorry neither the ones at my parent's or the ones at school would work for the left handers. I'm sure they predate the invention of the idea of discrimination.

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"Got some in my garage right now :)"

Ditto. And as someone else pointed out, very similar to lawn edging shears in operation/design.

Pah! Kids today. I bet they think they invented sex too! Now git off my neatly manicured lawn.

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>I'm sure they predate the invention of the idea of discrimination.

Haha, I doubt that! In some medieval countries, no left-handed (sinister) man could become a knight. This influenced the chirality of spiral stair cases in castles - defending knights, fending off ascending attackers, had an advantage because they had more room to swing a sword with their right hand.

Or do you mean the idea of trying not to discriminate? : )

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Re: >I'm sure they predate the invention of the idea of discrimination.

> Or do you mean the idea of trying not to discriminate? : )

No I meant before the days when people expected not to be discriminated against.

Though I'm not quite old enough to remember when "cack handers" expected to be beaten at school till they learned to write neatly with their right hand. I can remember teachers talking about it.

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Really?

I'm fairly sure that prior art exists for this idea. Oh yeah, in my garden shed. Edging shears. Okay, not for cutting metal sheet or wire mesh, but the principle is exactly the same.

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Hope they're of good quality, and the full manufacturing process is followed.

As in, no cutting corners.

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No, no. These are only for cutting straight lines.

There will be a separate round of funding for V2.0 for cutting corners!

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And only a snip at $15

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@David Lewis 2

"There will be a separate round of funding for V2.0 for cutting corners!"

So long as the 'round of funding' isn't for cutting 'rounded corners' - or can we stop going round the bend on that one after the recent (pending appeal) patent invalidation?

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And it's funded on Kickstarter!!

So you could say they've "cut out" the middleman!

(Sorry, all I could come up with this early in the AM. I'll go away now...)

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" V2.0 for cutting corners!"

Prior Art.

Cue sueball in 1 2 3 ....

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@Cynical Observer

"And only a snip at $15" And $60 shipping.

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Re: funding for V2.0 for cutting corners!

Only if the want to be sued by Apple. Apple own the patent on rounding corners.

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Oh for fudge sake, just cut slower and more carefully you imbecile or better yet use gloves like any sane rational thinking person would do.

Is this what the world is reduced to? Thinking up solutions to problems that don't exist and trying to sell them to the stupid? Oh wait I forgot about IoT...

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Wear gloves.

Wear gloves.

Problem solved.

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Re: Wear gloves.

Right-handed or left-handed?

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"Right-handed or left-handed?"

What a sinister question...

And as to this 'invention', angled snips have been used for cutting sheet metal for donkeys' years - the proper name for them is 'offset snips'.

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Re: Wear gloves.

Wear gloves as well as using snips.

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Re: Wear gloves.

"Wear gloves.

Problem solved."

Well, not really. The wire keeps snagging the gloves and makes things go a lot slower. Plus you still get the malicious little bastard wires that still get you through the gloves.

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Re: Right-handed or left-handed?

More importantly, European or African?

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and when the solution occurred to me

Wear some gloves?

No not idiot mittens, with the sting and made from wool

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Prior art?

They are useful and very hard to find. But it's not new. There have been sheet metal shears like this for a very long while.

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"There have been sheet metal shears like this for a very long while."

I have a set in the garage, the cheapest ones are available for a similar cost.

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There have been sheet metal shears like this for a very long while."

....and any patents issued expired a few 100 years ago, although I doubt that will stop the USPO granting one or more for this "new" invention.

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Bah!

I needs this. It is relevant to my interests.

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Yes, yes ...

Enquiring minds etc ...

Nearest thing we've got for an enquiring minds icon ... >>

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You can even cut COLORED things with it!

Good bye to monochrome-only scissors, finally!

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Re: You can even cut COLORED things with it!

Now if only someone would invent some digital scissors.

Hey, don't laugh. I have table top camera tripod that is digital ready. These scissors could be used to say... crop pictures.

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Re: You can even cut COLORED things with it!

All scissors I use are digital.

I mean without fingers it gets really hard to use them.

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Simpler solution - angle grinder

Also works for cutting the wife's toe nails which I doubt those scissors could manage.

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Re: Simpler solution - angle grinder

Pictures or we don't believe you!

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Agreed.

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Re: Simpler solution - angle grinder

No way, not going there again. Last time I tried that the flying shards of toe nail bust the camera.

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Re: Simpler solution - angle grinder

@Chris W - Is your name really Mr Ogg?

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Re: Simpler solution - angle grinder

Well, if you've got one, a plasma cutter'll do the job even easier, But I'll bet the missus'll be livid if you try that on her!

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Re: Simpler solution - angle grinder

Didn't plasma cutters require a grounded and conductive workpiece...?

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>grounded and conductive workpiece

Nothing a bit of salt water won't fix.

A plasma cutter is top of my wish list, can't justify it just yet. When I can I'll post the effectiveness.

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