Hardy Scissor Pliers review

Hardy Scissor Pliers, as the name suggests, combine a pair of scissors with a pair of pliers. They're great quality and perfect for unhooking fish and cutting through tippet and leader material.

Hardy Scissor Pliers review
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Hardy Scissor Pliers review
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Hardy Scissor Pliers review
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What do the Hardy Scissor Pliers do?

As the name suggests, the Hardy Scissor Pliers combine a pair of scissors with a set of fishing pliers or forceps. The scissor part can be used for cutting tippet and leader, while the forceps can be used for unhooking or debarbing hooks.

Are they well made?

Yes, as you'd expect from Hardy, the Scissor Pliers are beautifully made and look and feel very good quality. They're made from stainless steel and are quite chunky, so they are fairly weighty for their size. Even with regular use, mine still look like new, so they should last for ages.

How good are the scissors?

The cutting edge on the Hardy Scissor Pliers is quite short and is tucked towards the back of the hinge, which means you can unhook fish without the risk of cutting them with the blades. The edge is sharp and finely serrated and they cut through tippet and leader with ease, even if it's fairly thick. When lure fishing, they have no problem with braid either.

And the pliers?

Unlike some other fishing pliers or forceps on the market, the tips of the Hardy Scissor Pliers are quite wide. The inside is also deeply grooved. This gives you quite a bit of grip when removing hooks, so unhooking is very easy.

However, the grooves do mean that the Hardy Scissor Pliers are slightly more fiddly to use for debarbing hooks, although they do still work adequately. For debarbing, I find a flatter edge to the pliers is best, so I've resorted to carrying an extra set of pliers in my bag, just for debarbing hooks. Slightly shallower grooves or an alternative grippy surface to the insides would make this less of an issue.

What sizes are available?

The Hardy Scissor Pliers come in two different sizes - short and long - they're both pretty similar. The short ones are just a bit chunkier. The long version are £13.99 a pair, while the short ones are £10.99.

Would you buy them again?

The Hardy Scissor Pliers are great quality, nice to use and should last ages. While not ideal for debarbing hooks, that's really their only drawback and the combination of scissors and pliers means that you really only need to carry one tool with you when you go fly fishing.

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