Dissection Scissors and Chisels

Dissection Scissors and Chisels

Tools with shaped or beveled cutting edges used for cutting or carving hard material, most often for obtaining bone specimens in dissection labs. Able to make precision cuts and shavings or for breaking skulls for autopsies.

Many surgical scissors can be used by both right- and left-handed people. Scissors specifically designed for left-handed users are also available.

Types of Lab Scissors

  • General purpose: Used to cut paper, foil, cloth, and other thinner materials
  • Utility scissors or shears: Used to cut cardboard, wire and other heavier materials
  • Dissection or iris scissors: Small scissors with very short, sharp blades
  • Operating or Mayo scissors: Usually have one sharp and one blunt blade


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