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When you’re thinking about supplies you need for your next knitting or crochet project, your mind goes to the usual: yarn (which color and weight), knitting needles or crochet hooks (what size and material) and maybe a darning needle. What usually we forget about are the scissors. Scissors are such a part of our life in so many ways that we rarely consider how important they are for a project.
Scissors are an everyday thing, used to cut paper, fabric, tape, strings and yes, yarn. We often have more than one pair, and often we hang on to a pair or two that are not even that good. Raising my hand here! I sometimes put up with scissors that are mediocre just cause they are there.
That’s why when you get a pair of scissors that’s amazing, you stop and think: “Wow, that’s what a good pair of scissors should feel like!”
I’ve recently got a cutest pair of scissors from Darn Good Yarn (who I am an affiliate for) and they asked me to use the scissors and let them know what I thought. I’m always on a look out for a good pair of small snipping scissors for my crochet and knit projects, so I said: Yes, please!
Unicorn Scissors: First Impression
First, how cute are they? One word: Unicorns. And not just any unicorn, a rainbow one!
The coating used on these snips is this glimmering rainbow that changes as you move the scissors side to side, like on some fancy sports cars I see in Los Angeles. So, depending on how you turn the scissors, they look purple, or blue or green, super cool.
Per Darn Good Yarn’s website, this is a ‘unique rainbow plasma coating’, how futuristic is that? I like that the coating on the scissors is not just on the outside, but also inside the blades, so when you open the scissors, they are still this pretty rainbow color, keeping the whole unicorn vibe going.
The Feel and Quality of Scissors:
Next, what I noticed right away when I held the scissors is how heavy and solid they felt in my hand. I don’t know if you’ve ever used scissors that are flimsy and would break apart or the screw would fall off making the scissors unusable? I had.
These scissors from Darn Good Yarn are the real deal. They are heavy, well put together and tightly screwed together. The blades move closely against each other, with no rattling or wiggling.
Per Darn Good Yarn, these 4” snips are made out of stainless steel and you can totally tell that they are. There is a hefty, quality feel about them and it was a pleasant surprise. The other 4” smaller scissors I’ve used before always felt really light with blades loosely connected.
The Packaging and Storage for Scissors
What I really like is that the scissors come packaged in a clear pouch that is not just for shipping purposes.
It’s a nice and sturdy triangle case that fits the scissors just right and it has a zipped closure at the top allowing you store the scissors away safely. That’s a nice feature since my smaller snips tend to poke through my crochet bags when I carry them around.
This sturdy pouch lets me protect the scissors and protect the totes I carry them in. I feel safe putting these snips into my bag or purse and not worrying about getting poked or making a hole in the purse lining.
How Did the Unicorn Scissors Cut
And of course, the most important thing – how do these Rainbow Unicorns Scissors at cutting things?
Since I knit and crochet, I use the scissors primarily for cutting yarn, often needing to make a very precise, close to fabric cut when I weave in the ends. Let me tell you, when you spend 4 weeks on crocheting a blanket, the last thing you need is to cut the yarn where you don’t need.
These little snips do such a good job! The blades are really sharp and tightly fitted so they cut the yarn with ease and precision. I mean, I cut the yarn so easily that the ends didn’t even move from their place while I cut them apart. I actually whistled a little when I did my first cut, I was impressed.
Now, I want to be a realist here and point out all the things about these scissors, good and bad.
So far, after using these scissors for a couple of weeks, the only complaint I have about these scissors comes from the thing that makes them good as well – the blades put together really tight, so it takes a bit of effort to open the snips.
Since I use these primarily to cut the yarn, I don’t do a whole ton of cutting (like cutting a fabric or paper, for example). However, the tightness of the scissors might potentially be a concern for those who would use them for a lot of continuous cutting.
Another thing is that since the scissors are all metal, with no additional cushioning on the finger rings, they do tend to press into your fingers when you cut (especially since the blades are connected tightly together). This can also be of concern to someone who would cut a lot at a time.
Final Notes on Unicorn Scissors from Darn Good Yarn
- Stainless Steel
- 4″ Long
- Rainbow Plasma Coating (outside and inside)
- Zipped Carrying Case/Pouch
- $12.99 on DarnGoodYarn.com
I suspect that with time and with use, some of the tightness in scissors will go away as they are used more and more, making the blades open a bit easier. The finger rings might still be of concern, so a solution for that can be the silicone shear finger ring inserts used to cushion the rings.
All in all, I’m happy to have these cute 4” scissors in my arsenal. They are sturdy, quality made, cut really well and just so fun to look at! And I totally look forward using them in my Instagram photos for that touch of adorableness and whimsy.
If you are on a lookout for a sturdy reliable pair of small scissors and are in love with rainbows and unicorns (aren’t we all?), the Rainbow Unicorn Scissors from Darn Good Yarn are a great choice. They are available on the DarnGoodYarn.com (and you can check out 52 five-star reviews for these scissors while there).
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