August 15, 2002
To end the problem of having my supply of student scissors dwindle each year, I devised a permanent method of marking them. I purchased nylon zip-ties (sometimes called cable ties) inexpensively from a local home-improvement store. These come in different colors. I tightly attached one zip-tie to the handle of each pair of scissors, and closely trimmed the excess. Now I can tell which scissors are mine at a glance. This method is permanent, since the only way to remove the zip-tie is with a very sharp pair of scissors. Using this method has greatly reduced the amount of scissors I've needed to replace over the years.