A little information about one of our most important tools….Scissors!
Did you ever wonder who or when some of the most common things we use were
invented? Like scissors for instance. Every day we use a variety of different
scissors to do everything from cutting paper to cutting fabric. We don’t give it a
thought – just find the pair we need, use them and set them down somewhere.
A good pair of sharp scissors is imperative to our fabrication businesses. In fact to
protect our best scissors we guard them, hide them from the family, and do
anything to keep them from ending up in the garage.
It is commonly thought that scissors were invented 3000 to 4ooo years ago in the
Middle East. That’s a long time ago!
It is believed that around 1500 BC Egyptians used a two bladed device connected
by a spring like mechanism.
Then around 100 AD the Romans invented a cross
blade design similar to our modern scissors.
In 1761 English manufacturer Robert Hinchliffe adapted the design so that it could
be mass produced.
So this common object that we use every day goes back a long way. There is an
almost endless variety of types of scissors for every use and need as well as left
and right handed scissors.
What are your favorite scissors? What brands do you prefer? Do you have a pair
that you have owned for longer than you can remember? I have a pair of Ginghers
that are decades old. Please share with us in the comments section below.