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Toucan Gardening Shears

The Toucan Gardening Shears use an innovative dual lever mechinisim that radicaly changes the way the user applies force to the shears: the strongest (fore and middle) fingers with the longest reach are given the most leverage, while the (ring and pinky) shorter and easier pull. the head of the Toucan is tilted to reduce strain on the wrist and enable the user to engage their forearm muscles while closing the shears.

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  • Hi Daniel, First - nice portfolio! I am just starting to fill out my profile this week and i hope to be able to upload enough of my work to be able to make something that is even half as complete. Second - I am a fan of fiskars work, you guys manage to consistently pull off a potent mix of quality and innovation while still keeping to a sane price point. Finally - a little background: this project is a 10 year old sketch model that explores the concept of providing the most leverage for the strongest fingers on the hand. yes, it uses the old quad bar linkage like the power lever, but the quad-bar has generally been used by fiskars as a force-multiplying device for an otherwise fairly conventional draw. (ie the pinky finger still travels the furthest). the point of Toucan experiment was to find a way that modulate the draw distance and path of the handles to match the natural reach of the fingers ( ie the fore-finger travels the furthest ). one inspiration was the traditional japanese back-sprung paper shears which are fantastically easy to use, in part because of their bias to the fore-finger/thumb, but they under-utilize the rest of the hand. I see you explored a similar idea using a back-pivot with the "geogia o'keefe pruner." I would love to hear more about your experience with fiskars, and the US ID scene in general - send me a PM. cheers, Adam

    8 years ago

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    8 years ago

  • Hi Daniel, First - nice portfolio! I am just starting to fill out my profile this week and i hope to be able to upload enough of my work to be able to make something that is even half as complete. Second - I am a fan of fiskars work, you guys manage to consistently pull off a potent mix of quality and innovation while still keeping to a sane price point. Finally - a little background: this project is a 10 year old sketch model that explores the concept of providing the most leverage for the strongest fingers on the hand. yes, it uses the old quad bar linkage like the power lever, but the quad-bar has generally been used by fiskars as a force-multiplying device for an otherwise fairly conventional draw. (ie the pinky finger still travels the furthest). the point of Toucan experiment was to find a way that modulate the draw distance and path of the handles to match the natural reach of the fingers ( ie the fore-finger travels the furthest ). one inspiration was the traditional japanese back-sprung paper shears which are fantastically easy to use, in part because of their bias to the fore-finger/thumb, but they under-utilize the rest of the hand. I see you explored a similar idea using a back-pivot with the "geogia o'keefe pruner." I would love to hear more about your experience with fiskars, and the US ID scene in general - send me a PM. cheers, Adam

    8 years ago

Adam Amoroso
Independent Design Professional Shyorongi, Rwanda