Authentic  MIR Cutting Shears
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These cutters were
used during training for cosmonauts going to the
MIR Space Station.

It is an authentic, flown piece
of Russian Space History.

They are used while working onboard the station and during EVA's to cut thin metal sheets or any other materials that would require strong scissors to cut.
    The cutters head can be attached to the legs, which can be easily removed & turned 90 degrees to allow the pliers to reach into tight spaces.
    The 10.5" long handles give the cosmonaut a good mechanical advantage while working with a gloved hand. They can also be used with any other tool- heads, which makes the handle assembly universal. The release-lever on each leg is large, which also allows easy manipulation with a gloved hand. All three parts have a lanyard-ring and each part can be attached to a cord to prevent drifting away in microgravity onboard and outside the station. The shears - part of a family of tools which share the same 2 legs, but have different heads, can be attached to the legs, for different purposes. These tools were all individually made, one of a kind pieces intended for use in space. 
Weight of the Cutters - On Earth = 1 1/2 Lbs / In Space = 0
Here are our Space Cutters on display at the Museum of Discovery  & Science in Fort Lauderdale, Florida 

Here are some of our Space Tools on display at the Museum of Discovery  & Science in Fort Lauderdale. 

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