Scissors and Pocket Multi-Tools

Scissors. That’s right. Good old, every day, common, take ’em for granted, garden variety, scissors. But, when you stop and think about ’em, as we should when we start taking anything for granted, probably one of the best inventions ever, like, in the history of the world.

Seriously. Take a few minutes, stop runnin’ around like a chicken with its head cut off like we all do, slow down, and think about some of the tools we all take for granted–especially scissors. This was brought home to me recently when I started carrying a multi-tool in my pocket (they’re also small enough, and light enough to carry on a key chain) and, you guessed it, the multi-tool unfolds to a pair of scissors, voila! Now that I’ve got it really handy I use it every day.

Imagine: you’ve just been out shopping and you bought a couple pieces of clothing; you sit down on the couch to really look ’em over and you start taking off all those stickers and tags and you notice those tags with the plastic piece that’s stuck through the fabric and you can only get it off with-haha, a pair of scissors. Now, I know you think I’m just tryin’ to sell you something, like a brand of multi-tool. But, I’m a professional mechanic on mail-processing equipment and these pocket multi-tools really come in handy. For less than 25 bucks, I’ve got scissors in my pocket any time I need ’em! So, ya pop out your multi-tool, unfold it, and snip off that plastic tag; now the only problem ya have is whether you’re close enough to a trash can to keep the tags from ending up down in the cushions (dibs on the loose customizable multi tool  change!).

Or, consider: how many times have you been out and about and you notice you have an Irish pennant (no offense, I’m part Irish). You know, those loose threads you’re not supposed to pull on ’cause your shirt sleeve falls off when you do (just like Mom said), or the button falls off (just like Grandma said), or the seam unravels, and on and on. But, with my multi-tool in my pocket I’m not even tempted to pull that pennant. Just pop out the multi-tool, unfold it and snip away.

Which brings me to the best part of multi-tools: they fold up! That’s right. No sharp-pointed anything in your pocket to stick through and then poke your leg. I mean, accidental minor surgery just ain’t no fun. Ever carry a pair of scissors in your pocket like me to trim your beard/mustache? Even the safety scissors with the rounded ends aren’t really meant to go in your pocket, now are they? Pocket multi-tool, baby; now that’s the ticket.

The moral of the story is: don’t get outa bed without your pocket multi-tool! (That’s right: it’s the next generation “Don’t leave home without it.”) Scissors, knife, screwdrivers, file, nail cleaner, tweezers, bottle opener – for under 25 bucks! — women, men, teens, everybody needs to carry a pocket multi-tool. (Make a pretty good gift, don’t ya think?)


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