Killer Dyneema Scissors

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I have been doing a bunch of splicing of single braid Dyneema (AmSteel) lately—lots of storm preparation.

The stuff is seriously difficult to cut, without making a mess of it, particularly when cutting single strands to taper the bury, but these scissors from D-Splicer do a loverly neat job and will even cut through a full 12mm with a single easy snip, even though mine are only meant to go to 10mm.

I have had a couple of pairs of scissors that proport to be for Dyneema before, but these are way better. Highly recommended and worth every penny of their admittedly eye-watering price.

Brion Toss Splicing Wand


I have owned this great tool for at least 25 years. I don’t use it that often, but when I do, it saves so much agro.

The photo above shows the way I was using it locked in a vice to Brummell splice 1/2″ Amsteel.

No way my little D-splicer was going to work to get 40 inches of tail threaded through.

Justifying Expensive Tools


The enjoyment of one’s tools is an essential ingredient of successful work

Donald Knuth

This quote makes me feel a lot better about blowing the price of a nice second hand car on new tools after we sold the McCurdy and Rhodes 56 with all my old tools. Thanks to Stan Honey for the heads up on the quote.