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True Utility sciXors hang out on your keyring till it’s time to snip

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Here at The Gadgeteer, we’re big fans of little tools. Especially keychain tools—we can’t seem to get enough of ‘em. The True Utility sciXors are my latest find, a pair of teeny, tiny scissors for your keyring. Made from stainless steel with black rubber grips, they attach to your keyring with a small, quick-release pull clip. Pop them off your keying and they pop open automatically via a hidden spring. Do your snipping and pop them back on your keyring. Easy peasy. Only 55 mm long (2.2 in) so they even seem to meet the new airline carry on rules for sharp objects (metal scissors with blade length less than 4 in are now allowed).  Priced at GB £6.50 (currently about US $10.92). Link over to the True Utility site for more info.

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  • Chris K June 11, 2014, 1:26 pm

    I bought one of these from ThinkGeek a while back — out of the box they’re too dull to cut through paper effectively (and the two blades didn’t even sit flush with each other), with some sharpening and some straightening they might work a little better but if anybody is looking for small portable scissors I’d highly recommend looking elsewhere first… these are pretty pricey for scissors that don’t actually work as scissors very well.

  • Andy Jacobs June 11, 2014, 2:05 pm

    @Chris K – Thank you, that is valuable feedback. Sounds like they are a little lacking where quality control is concerned. And this is unfortunate considering that cutting is sort of their main function!

  • deadcrow June 11, 2014, 3:51 pm

    Have them. Love them. And mine cut paper fine. Even thin flimsy paper like a Zig-Zag. I was pleasantly surprised with the rubber grips. They really help since the scissors are so tiny, and I have not small fingers. Somehow they did come off of the pin once, so I am on my second backup pair, on the original pin.

    P.S.
    My EDC key chain also includes a 110 punch down tool. ;)

  • Andy Jacobs June 12, 2014, 3:22 pm

    @deadcrow – Thanks for that feedback as well. Sounds like you and Chris K had different experiences.

    P.S. You lug a 110 punch down tool on your EDC keychain? Wow, what else is on your keychain?

  • deadcrow June 14, 2014, 11:30 pm

    Yeah, sounds like a QC problem at the manufacturer.

    I wouldn’t call it “lug”. The 110 tool is key sized and plastic, and I have never found another like it since. I wish I could, its getting a bit round. I think Siemens gave it to me during an RFP for a phone system many years ago.

    As for the rest of my EDC: Pill emergency lighter. Swiss Tech 19 in 1 multi-tool. Scixors. Nano Light. Swiss Tech UtiliKey key knife. Oh and some keys.

  • Andy Jacobs June 19, 2014, 8:22 am

    @deadcrow – It’s a bummer when you have an item like that, one that you really like, and it is starting to wear out with no way to replace it. Bummer.

    Nice EDC, very functional yet compact and lightweight.

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