This sections includes roller cutters and electric scissors, self-opening, table-top, or training scissors and those with soft touch handles. Within in this section, there are scissors or roller cutters suitable for a range of activities such as craft work, food preparation or opening packaging.
Roller cutters and electric scissors reduce the need for the user to squeeze or close their hand. Table top scissors require the user to push down, depressing the handle. Self-opening scissors have a spring fitted which automatically reopens the scissors after each cut or when pressure is released.
Your posture may affect your ability to use scissors safely, particularly if you have tremor or the use of only one hand. Sitting down, using a table with your feet flat on the ground, your arms supported may help when using scissors.1
Scissor skills are generally developed in childhood over a period of time by starting initially with simple exercises and then moving to more intricate projects.1 This may be a useful approach if you have the use of one hand only or more strength on one side and are becoming accustomed to using, for example left hand scissors for the first time.
For more information view our advice on Choosing scissors.
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