Trimming a candle's wick (ideally to between 1/8" and 1/4") is absolutely necessary to prevent smoke and ensure a bright, pointed flame. And while regular scissors can work in a pinch, it's all too common for the charred end of a wick to messily drop into the molten wax. For this, nothing beats a purpose-made tool. Made in Italy, these are sharp and precise. The handle's bend ensures that it can reach deep into jars or other high-sided holders, while the 1-1/2" duckbill blade catches the wick offcut, preventing it from falling into the wax. At 5-3/4", it's easy to store alongside your matches and extra tapers. One of those tools you'll wish you had years ago.