Kai 7170 Scissor
Kai 7170: 6 2/3″ Professional Scissor
From me: The Kai 7000 professional series is my personal favorite, and I’ve tried many scissors!
This particular one (7170: 6 2/3″ scissor) is the perfect mid-size blade for cutting single-layer appliqué, small multi-layer appliqué, garment trimming and much more. The blades on the 7170 are just a bit longer than the 7150: 6″ scissor, but just as useful–in fact, I’m constantly torn on which mid-length scissor I like better! (To be honest, I like having both, because I can have one at my cutting table and another at my sewing machine–or one at home and one on-the-go!)
In particular, this scissor is great for appliqué projects such as Botanics, Alturas, Ebb and the like, and it’s also great for trimming/clipping seam allowances in other projects like the Social Tote and the Nest Egg Tote, as well as grading seams and making clips in garment sewing.
If meeting up with sewing buddies or traveling with a project, I’ll often have a pair of these or the 7150: 6″ for cutting needs on the go.
From Kai: The Kai 7170, 6 2/3″ scissor is an all-around, powerful cutting tool. The blade is made of high-carbon stainless steel that ensures a sharp cut, all-the-way to the tip. It also features large handles made of “Elastomer” soft plastic, which are designed for better leverage and ease of handling while cutting.
Additionally, the Kai 7170, like the Kai 7150, is an ideal size for tasks such as general trimming, cut-work, or any task where larger shears would be too bulky, but cutting power is desired.
Again, as with the Kai 7150, the Kai 7170 is also a popular size scissor for use in your sewing/quilting kit when taking classes, and it works great when doing take-along projects as well.
The 7000 series scissors, including the 7100, are made of a high carbon, hardened stainless steel. The addition of carbon allows for a steeper cutting angle, giving the scissor a sharper, finer edge. The carbon also allows the finer edge to be more durable, which in turn, extends the cutting life of these professional scissors.