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    Default Recommendation for Fish Shears

    Does anyone have any good recommendations for trimming fish. Quality and durability is my priority. I was thinking about Fiskar, or maybe Cutco.

    I will be using to trim porgy spines and fins prior to scaling and gutting.

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Recommendation for Fish Shears

    Fiskars are pretty tough. I cut green crabs up with them for bait with ease.

    Kevin
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    Default Re: Recommendation for Fish Shears

    i have a pair similar to these
    i like the offset and the spring open

    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Default Re: Recommendation for Fish Shears

    I was just thinking about adding a pair of these to my tackle box. Partly because of the easy breakdown for cleaning. Already have a pair in the kitchen... and like them a lot. Stout, and easy to use --

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    Last edited by David G; 09-04-2017 at 10:02 AM.
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    Default Re: Recommendation for Fish Shears

    Harbor Freight carries (still?) heavy stainless shears with return spring and locking closed lever, two different sizes, get the larger 8". The blades are stainless and THICK, and that makes a difference when cutting heavy stuff, they don't flex open. IIRC, the sharpened edge has fine serrations to grip things when cutting. Nearer the pivot, the edge is sharpened to create a thicker and better angled cutting surface for heavy cutting, like poultry shears. They come apart easy for sharpening. I used to carry to cut away things in an emergency that's keeping someone from being rescued; nylon strap, snagged PFD, etc. I also have a set in my cooking kit. Currently $10. Like me, others give excellent reviews, 5/5 stars.

    https://www.harborfreight.com/8-1-4-...ors-97049.html

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    Default Re: Recommendation for Fish Shears

    Just a word on the spring-action cutters: The blades may be stainless; make sure those springs are ( for coastal use)

    Kevin
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    Default Re: Recommendation for Fish Shears

    Thanks guys. I ended up going with these Fiskar (premium quick release multi-snip)
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    They worked well for what I needed. The only negative was how easy it was to pinch my hand where the spring is.

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