demining accidents have occurred while using shears and other
tools to cut undergrowth. All have involved the initiation of
fragmentation mines. The tools used were usually unsuitable
for the task, a machete for example, but it is possible that
these deminers would not have initiated the mines with the AVS
shears if they had been issued with them.
part of the AVS manual demining tool-bag, shears were adapted
to begin to meet the needs of demining rather than those of
the gardener. They are comfortable to use with hands at a distance
from the blades and do not separate or shatter in a normal AP
AVS shears have longer than usual handles in a fixed position.
Their blades are shorter than usual. The angle of the handles
is narrower than usual, so encouraging the user to hold the
handles near the ends. The bend between the blades and the handles
is shallow, encouraging the user to have his hands close to
the exception of three nuts and one bolt, the AVS shears are
in four parts, two of which are the polyethylene handles. The
cutting blade length of the AVS shears is 9cm shorter than most,
so reducing the risk of cutting something beyond the range of
sight. The blades are made of a high grade but still ductile
steel that extends through the handles.
tests, the shears were placed with the blades on top of a blast
mine. The shears bent but did not separate and were readily