History of Scissors

The History of Scissors

Shears from 2nd century AD

Scissors are believed to have been invented by the ancient Egyptians, with the earliest type being spring scissors. Essentially these were two blades, connected at the handle by a flexible strip of metal which not only held the blades in alignment but also allowed them to be squeezed together and pulled apart.

These scissors continued to be used until the sixteenth century but the scissors we know today were invented by the Romans. The two blades pivoted at a point were first used in China, Japan and Korea and it was not until 1760 that William Whitely and Sons began producing scissors in Sheffield and the company still makes scissors today.

Another name, important in the development of modern day scissors is Robert Hinchliffe, who produced scissors from hardened and polished cast steel.

During the 19th century scissors were made with very ornate handles so were decorative as well as useful.

Usually with lower quality scissors, the cutting blades are not very sharp and the scissors rely on the shearing action between the two blades, however, the blades are both sharp and tension sprung in high quality scissors and these will cut at the exact point where the blades meet.

Today, there are specialist scissors of an infinite variety from children’s scissors with rounded blades to scissors that can cut through metal and even mechanised scissors are used to break up cars and aeroplanes.

The Scissor Shop offers scissors for all circumstances, with products drawn from many parts of the world, at many price levels. Our experience in this field is in clothing, footwear, needlecraft etc, over many years. Any scissor not on our list may be supplied.