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Date: 2/25/14 9:05 PM

I am in the market for pinking shears. Less-expensive would be great, but I am willing to spend up to $40 or so. My hands are large and blessed with both carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis. A large, soft ergonomic handle is important to me.

I adore my Kai dressmaker shears, which I originally got for the soft handle and later appreciated for the quality of the blades. I thought I would order Kai pinking shears as well, but I noticed on the website that they do not appear to be bent like dressmaker shears (and like most other pinking shears). Does this make a difference? Also, the handle of the shears I own is yellow, not black. I don't recall the label anymore, but they may have been "Omnigrid" scissors, made by Kai. Does anyone know if the yellow handles are different from the black handles in texture or design?

If bent handles are preferable for pinking shears, I would consider trying Fiskars Softgrip. I am not a brand snob, as long as they work well. Does anyone have feedback on these?

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Date: 2/25/14 10:11 PM

In general, bent handled shears are intended to be used on a table, with the bottom blade resting on the table. Straight trimmers are supposed to be used free of a table. Pick which you like based on that, I'd think. If you're going to cut out and pink in one operation, bent handled would suit how I do things better. If you're planning to cut out and then pink, straight might be better.

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Date: 2/25/14 10:14 PM

My black handled Kais do have a squishy grip, but I bought a pinking blade for my rotary cutter instead of shears. The blades are under $7 from Wawak (but I already had the boards). It's fast and easy.

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Date: 2/26/14 1:56 AM

I have a pair of Kai pinking shears and a pair of regular shears. I also have an Olfa rotary pinking blade. My Kai regulars cut like they're cutting through butter but the pinkers are very difficult to open and close. I emailed Kai and was told that it is just the way they are. I much prefer my Olfa rotary pinking blade to the Kai's. HTH

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Date: 2/26/14 5:27 AM

I found the same thing with my Kai scissors-the shears are a joy to use, even on upholstery fabric, but the pinking shears have never been as easy to use as I thought they should be. I have a pair of Fiskars that came in a 'craft-pack' of 4 types of scissors from Aldi for $20 and they cut much better than the expensive Kai pinkers.

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Date: 2/26/14 7:18 AM

And don't forget pinking blades for rotary cutters, I find rotary cutting so much easier on my sore hands than scissors.

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Date: 2/26/14 8:37 AM

I have the Fiskars and find them quite good. Since I use my pinking shears primarily to trim curved edges instead of clipping them before turning, they sometimes balk a little when there are a lot of layers. Maybe it's just me but I find the pinking blade from my Olfa cutter harder to cut with.

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Date: 2/26/14 10:27 AM

I have both Fiskars (orange) and Kai (black) pinking shears and I find the Fiskars to be much smother cutting than the Kai. Couldn't return the Kai as they were bought in another country, but if I could, I would have.
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Date: 2/26/14 11:10 AM

I had carpal tunnel and tendonitis in both hands and found the fiskars easy action pinking shears to be much easier to use. The spring action really reduces the stress on my hands, which I appreciate even though I've had surgery for both conditions.

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Date: 2/26/14 3:11 PM

Quote: Tarrbaby
And don't forget pinking blades for rotary cutters, I find rotary cutting so much easier on my sore hands than scissors.

ITA! The rotary pinking blade seems to last longer than pinking shears in my sewing room. I rarely use the pinkers.

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