June 29, 2014

Something Wonderful: Scissors / Hands

The Putter who puts scissors together at Ernest Wright and Son Ltd Scissors.

[HT: The ever admirable A Continuous Lean.]

Posted by gerardvanderleun at June 29, 2014 12:29 PM
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I'd buy em'. I'm so sick of having to repeatedly buy more Chinese crap. I'm looking for quality workmanship.

Posted by: scottst at June 29, 2014 8:43 PM

I wonder if this sort of craftsman even exists anymore... or if he's just a fond memory from a bygone era.. Likely these scissors are now made by preteen children in Pakistani sweatshops..

Posted by: Jake from Seattle at June 30, 2014 10:27 AM

He's still working and still making scissors in England today.

Posted by: vanderleun at June 30, 2014 10:44 AM

My mother owned her own beauty salon for 42 years. She owned Sheffield Steel scissors. I have one pair in my possession today. Still sharp, cut beautifully, and are a joy to handle. 86 years old and still going strong. Craftsmanship, you can't beat it.

Posted by: Jimmy J. at June 30, 2014 8:06 PM

@Jake:
See also Brooks Saddles- English Bicycle saddles handmade using the same sort of 19th century tech. The same saddle used on WWII RAF paratroopers' bikes is still being manufactured today. (I have one) And I've seen WWII vintage saddles still in service. Very nice stuff.

JWM

Posted by: jwm at June 30, 2014 8:34 PM

(U.S.)I used to work/run a metal shop.
I would have gone insane doing the same thing, day in, day out. I DID go out of my way to have a "Record" brand vice installed. I ALSO did woodwork. My Sheffield steel chisels are "the good ones" the rest were "beaters" and "loaners".
Things that are hard to explain to folks that don't use, instruct with, and maintain,(even the vice got an annual blorp of grease on the screw) such tools.

Posted by: CaptDMO at July 1, 2014 6:45 AM