Growing up my first exposure to a scissor collection was at the barbershop… lined up on the counter next to the combs sitting in blue water. I used to think to myself, why so many scissors and what’s with the blue water? Turns out there are good reasons, and it comes down to what you’re cutting.
Okay, you’re asking “what’s the deal?” Let me tell you a true story and you can judge for yourself. It all started on my wife’s birthday when the kids sent their mother a bouquet of long stem roses. They were red and they were gorgeous, and I was equally impressed that the thorns were removed. So now the plan was to put these flowers into an appropriate vase for everyone to see, fill with just enough water and stir in one of those food packets to keep them fresh.
I always put the packets in and I always wonder whether they really do anything or if the florist just gives them to you to make it seem like he is doing you a favor. Does it work? Would the flowers last the same amount of time without the little packet? Your guess is as good as mine.
Now I go into the closet looking for the right size vase for the flowers, and you guessed it, long stem roses and the vases in my closet don’t match…time to cut the flowers. Well my wife grabs an old pair of scissors in the kitchen drawer and begins cutting the stems one at a time. Ever see a rose stem projectile? Ever see blisters on your hand using a dull kitchen scissor and stems hardened to RC 50?