Paper edgers are decorative craft scissors with sculpted blades. The shape of the blades range from a simple zigzag to more complex designs.
I bought three nine years ago when I first thought about DIY Christmas decor. But we bought ready-made decor instead and the craft scissors (the three on the lower half of the photo) remained mostly unused. Thinking that they were lost or, if they were still around, they would have rusted over time, I decided to buy three new ones (the three on the top half of the photo).
As it turned out, my daughter Sam kept the Fiskars craft scissors from nine years ago and they were still in perfect condition. The new one that I bought are unbranded and really cheap. I don’t know how long they will last but, for now, I have six pairs of craft scissors with different designs.
Craft scissors are used by scrapbookers and paper crafters. I am not a scrapbooker but I love paper crafts. With craft scissors, all it takes is a snip to make paper edges look unique. I’ve made gift cards and tags with them using colored paper and the results had always been spectacular. This year, we’re making origami angels to hang on the Christmas tree and I used one of the craft scissors for the hemline of one of the angel’s dress and the edges of the wings.
To make craft scissors last a long time, use them only for their intended purpose. I use mine exclusively on paper but never on a thick stack of paper. Cut one sheet at a time and the scissors will work fine. Use them scissors on cardboard and they won’t make clean cuts. Worse, the blades will likely become blunt faster.
When storing craft scissors (or even ordinary scissors for that matter), make sure that the storage place is free from dust and moisture. If you need to oil the screws of the scissors occasionally, make sure to wipe the scissors dry afterward with a cloth. Oil attracts dust and if oil gets on the blades and the scissors are kept in a place where dust gets in, it’s not easy to wipe off dust from the serrated blades.
The best practice is to wipe the scissors, including the blades, after use. Store in a box or drawer or, even better, place in a box and store the box in a drawer. Trust me, you’ll want to take good care of your craft scissors because there are so many wonderful projects you can create with them.