I am OBSESSED with scissors. Just the sight of a pair of scissors makes me feel happy. They have not evolved or changed since they were first created. Scissors can last forever depending on their care and hype.
Scissors are simply a cutting instrument for paper, cloth, etc. They consist of two blades each having a ring handle (bow)that are pivoted together so that their sharp edges work against each other. Scissors have blades that are less than 15cm with handles and thumb holes of the same size. Shears blades are longer than scissors the handles have a smaller hole for the thumb and the second hole should hold two or more fingers. Scissors consists of two blades; each called a scissor, hence, the verbiage “a pair of”. The blades’ lever action is with the pivot which acts as the fulcrum. It is not necessarily how sharp the blade is but the shearing between the blades which cuts. The material is cut when the shear stress applied at the cutting location exceeds the material’s shear strength. To increase the shear strength, the manufacturer moves the pivot closer to the end of the scissors. For example, if your hand is twice as far away from the pivot than the area being cut, then the force at the cutting location is twice that of your hand pressure.
Your scissors must be properly aligned to cut correctly. The blades must meet at two points: the swivel and the cutting point. The cutting point moves away from the swivel as the blades are closed. Scissors are tested to ensure they cut and not tear the fabric.
NEVER, NEVER, NEVER use your needlework scissors to cut paper! Almost everyone agrees we should only use scissors for the purpose they were designed for. Pick the scissors to match the project.
I love the sound a pair of scissors makes as it cuts through fabric. The sound a large pair of scissors makes on a table as you cut through the fabric.
I have childhood memories of my mother’s scissors. How shiny and heavy they were. How I wasn’t allowed to touch them – they were for fabric only. Then there were times when I could use them to slice through the fabric and her beautiful scissors felt so much better than my school scissors.
Always try your scissors out before you buy them. Make sure they fit well and are comfortable to hold. Hold the blades in front of the light and see how close the blades are to each other. The closer they are, that is the less light you can see through them the better they are. A good pair will have a prominent blow to the blades when open, ensuring that when you close them they will be pressing together for that closer cut.
As an adult, I still notice and appreciate lovely scissors every time I see them or pick them up. I always feel they are worth of investigating in. Don’t scrimp on scissors you will ultimately disappointed. Price is not the deciding factor – you get what you pay for.