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The popular micro spring scissors for delicate work

Surgical Scissors are cutting instruments used for surgery. Here are some tips to keep in mind when choosing an appropriate pair of surgical scissors.

Scissors are cutting instruments with two blades joined together at a pivot point so that the sharp edges slide against each other to cut through the material between the blades. Here are some tips to keep in mind when choosing an appropriate pair of surgical scissors:

Fine-tipped scissors (such as Vannas, Castroviejos, and McPherson) are ideal for use in very tight spaces. They are perfect for right- or left-handed use and are designed for ophthalmologic procedures, which require gentle tissue incision. With these sharp blades, you can make quick, precise cuts with minimal tissue damage.

Scissors with curved tips are a good choice when you want to avoid cutting through underlying tissues.

Scissors designed with a heavier construction (such as Metzenbaum, Mayo, and SuperCut scissors) are useful for cutting through hair, thicker tissue, or vessels.

The length of the scissor tips should match the depth of the incision you need to make.

Scissors made with a heavier construction can be used to cut fur, thicker fabrics, bone, and muscle.

Our black-handled surgical scissors designate our SuperCut scissors. These scissors have a razor-sharp blade and a micro-serrated edge. The sharp edge gives a clean cut with minimal damage to the tissue, and the serrated edge actually holds the tissue in place to prevent it from slipping while making an incision.

Scissors with tungsten carbide inserts have gold-plated handles. Tungsten carbide tools are more durable, hold the edge longer and last longer than stainless steel tools.

Scissors with one black and one gold handle are both serrated and have tungsten carbide inserts, giving you the best of both worlds.

The spring scissors are perfect for left- or right-handed use. They are designed for neurosurgical, vascular, microsurgical, and ophthalmological uses.

504075 Sapphire Blade

Sapphire blades can be used in microsurgery, dissection, and related applications. They are not as hard as a diamond but are still hundreds of times harder than a razor blade. Sapphire blades can cut with minimal pressure, without tearing or damaging the specimen. The blades are corrosion-free and salt solution resistant. They offer a super-sharp cutting edge and work with stainless steel or titanium handles. These blades can be autoclaved at up to 200ºC.

Some common types of scissors include:

Vannas scissors are gentle spring-loaded scissors that are perfect for right- or left-handed use. They are frequently used in ophthalmic and neurosurgical applications. The thin blades of the scissors are sharp. Vannas scissors work well under a dissecting microscope.

Castroviejo scissors are designed for ophthalmologic procedures, which require gentle tissue incisions. You can make quick, precise cuts with minimal tissue damage using these sharp blades.

McPherson-Vannas scissors were originally designed for ophthalmologic work that requires delicate, thin blades for such intricate work.


Jensen Instrument Technologies is a long-established company distributing precision surgical instrumentation across Australia and New Zealand. Our company specializes in the supply of maintenance of precision mechanical, optical, and power surgical instruments for surgical theatres. Learn more about us here.


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