Recently, in one of my table cleanups I realized how many pairs of scissors I've accumulated and how valuable each and every one of them is. That lead me to look into the history of scissors. Scissors were most likely invented around 2500 BC. The early scissors were the 'spring scissor' type comprising of two bronze blades connected at the handles by a thin, flexible strip of curved bronze which served to hold the blades in alignment and to allow them be squeezed together and to pull them apart when released. Notice the carving on these blades.
I have a total of six pairs of scissors in my studio and I'm sure that's a small number compared to other stitchers/crafters.
My original, many years ago, is the red handled pair. At one time, there was a scissor/knife sharpener who appeared each spring at one of our local fabric stores. Sadly he gave up his trade. My red handled scissors became my 'paper and anything else' cutters. They were replaced by this beautifully floral decorated scissors which cuts like butter through even felted wool.
As for little scissors I have four pair. Two are straight blades and the other two are curved blades. The turquoise pair is older and has become a paper cutter. The others are all fabric/ribbon/thread/yarn cutters. My favorite pair are again, the floral design curved scissors.
Do you have a scissors story -- I'd love to hear it.
"I play with scissors for the shear fun of it". Anonymous