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Glossary of Scissor Terms

Integrated finger rest = Finger rest is part of the scissor and cannot be removed.

Screw finger rest = Finger rest can be removed.

Length includes finger rest = Scissor length measurement given by the supplier includes the length of the finger rest. Average finger rest measures half an inch. For example, an 8.5” Geib compares to 8” in another brand that does not include the finger rest length.

Finger rings = Inside measurement of the finger hole in millimetres on the most popular model (usually based on an 8.5” straight depending on the range). May vary slightly between types within a range (eg: thinners versus curved).

Offset handle = The finger rings are not side-by-side. The angle of the offset will vary from a slight offset (like the Entrée) to more extreme (like the Kiss Blue). Offset handles have a longer finger shank and shorter thumb shank. The wider your palm the larger offset you may like however any new range will take some getting used to. Offset handles are usually used with the thumb and ring finger. 

Symmetrical handle = The standard handle type where finger holes line up side-by-side. Favoured for using with the thumb and middle finger (instead of thumb and ring finger). See more about handle types and photos to compare >

Tension adjuster: Usually a screw or adjustable dial. An adjustable dial type is simpler as the adjustable dial allows the user to adjust the tension just by turning it, without the need for a tool. The screw type usually requires a tension adjuster tool. These tools are small circles of metal with small teeth around the edges that will fit perfectly into the two small spaces on the adjustment screw. Some screw type scissors have a flat-head screw that can be adjusted with a small screwdriver.