I prefer using Fireline for beadwork as this braided fishing line adds some support to finished work. But I have always struggled with cutting it. You too, huh? I never get a clean cut and messy end makes it difficult to thread it through beading needles. 

Fireline is thin and doesn't stretch. Yet it is strong and durable - the same reasons why anglers and beaders alike appreciate superlines like Fireline.  Fireline knots easily - at least the knots we use to finish our work. But we beaders could not care less if Fireline floats, which it does!

It will survive the sharp burs inside glass bead holes which are not polished off during manufacture. My mother did not believe me when she started making beadwoven earrings using Gutermann cotton sewing thread. Then her earrings fell apart because the threads wore out quickly due to abrasion against these burs!

All this strength means Fireline is hard to cut. Forget using old scissors.  And even sharp new scissors don't do a good job as I found out in this little experiment. 

I test cut 6 lb Fireline with a newpair of craft scissors against a pair of scissors designed for cutting superlines.  I bought the latter at a local discount store.  

You can get different brands like this one either online or from a fishing store near you.  I thought the Boomerang fishing line snip is great because the short blades make this unit particularly compact and portable.

Both the scissors I tested effortlessly cut the Fireline :

But you can carefully observe from the close up that the craft scissors left a wispy bit of thread poking out (left)

I have dedicated the craft scissors for other purposes as continuing to use it on Fireline is going to blunt it quickly.  I now use the braid scissors exclusively for Fireline.

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