When I first saw the Scissor Mouse by Westcott, my first thought was “genius!” – and as someone with disabilities who often has difficulty manipulating regular scissors, I was especially excited about the possibilities this new product presented.
According to the website description, the Scissor Mouse:
- Cuts paper fast, easily & safely
- Cuts straight lines or long waves
- Blade is not exposed safe for adults and kids to use on any surface
- Won’t harm surfaces
- Great for cutting paper, coupons & craft projects!
The Scissor Mouse is shaped just like the mouse for your computer!It fits easily in the hand, and requires little effort to hold.
There is a center line on the Scissor Mouse, along with a small ruler along the front, with a “0″ mark in the middle, to help you line up straight when cutting.
There is a red paper guide on the bottom, where your paper slips in, and the circular blade is next to that. The blade is flush with the bottom of the Scissor Mouse, so that little hands are protected (as are your cutting surfaces). You can see the four wheels, which help the Scissor Mouse move smoothly while cutting.
The Scissor Mouse is designed for cutting “straight or long, wavy cuts,” so I decided to try it out on multiple types of papers and materials. To use the Scissor Mouse, you simply roll it over the paper, making sure the paper slips under the paper guide as the Scissor Mouse rolls over the edge of the paper, and begin to cut. It couldn’t be more simple.
First, I cut up a piece of vintage dictionary paper. You can see that, for the most part, it cut smoothly through the paper.
It did, occasionally, get hung up, though, and cause tearing…and I would have to pull bits of paper out of the blade area. This was very thin paper, so I’m guessing that was the problem.
Next, I tried cutting card stock. I was able to easily cut both a straight line and a curvy line, with no problem.
I wanted to also see if I was able to draw a curvy line, then follow it with the Scissor Mouse – to see how well I could control the cutting. You can see that while I wasn’t able to stay exactly on the line, it was a close approximation to the line I had drawn.
I also tried making some short cuts, using the grid on my cutting mat, to see if I could cut 1″ squares, and I was able to successfully do so.
Next, I tried cutting apart photo paper, and the Scissor Mouse easily cut the photos apart.
This is watercolor paper (90lb) which had been painted on with an acrylic glaze. The Scissor Mouse cut through it cleanly.
I pushed the boundaries a bit and tried to cut through some Sticky-Back Canvas. The Scissor Mouse wasn’t able to cut through it. It cut through the paper backing, but wouldn’t cut through the canvas.
I tried cutting a sheet of clear transparency, (fairly thick…probably from product packaging) – and the Scissor Mouse made a small cut, but then got caught up and wasn’t able to continue.
I tried cutting wrapping paper (one of the recommended uses), and the Scissor Mouse worked beautifully and quickly – a much cleaner, straighter line than I ever get when cutting with regular scissors!
Finally, I tried cutting some tissue paper. However, the Scissor Mouse was unable to cut it – likely because the paper was just too thin. The paper bunched up and got stuck in the blade of the Scissor Mouse.
The Scissor Mouse easily cut through two-sided scrapbooking paper…and I used it several times as I worked on the following page layout.
All in all, I think the Scissor Mouse is a useful tool for anyone who needs to make a lot of straight cuts on such papers as wrapping paper, kraft paper, copy paper, etc. Â It is certainly not for making detailed cuts, and will not replace your regular scissors. For anyone who has disabilities affecting the hands, such as neuropathy or arthritis, this could be a very useful general use tool for making straight cuts through regular paper. It is easy to hold, doesn’t require a lot of strength or dexterity, and is easy to manipulate. It would also be good for small children who are just beginning to cut paper, or who haven’t yet mastered scissor skills…as the blade is not exposed and it would be easy for them to manipulate.
The Scissor Mouse retails for $14.99, which seems reasonable compared to other specialty scissors on the market.
What do you think about this concept? Have you seen it – or tried it?
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