English Polished Steel Shears

The hot forged, chrome-plated steel blades of these scissors protect against corrosion for a precise cut. Made in Sheffield, England, since 1760 by an eleventh generation family business. Available in left-handed and right-handed models. (more info)

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These English polished steel shears undergo more than 20 steps in the manufacturing process. The eleventh generation family business that makes these scissors uses only salt-bath hardening methods – not slot-furnace flame hardening, which only hardens the outside – to harden the product all the way through. The top ranges of the shears feature a high-grade steel and the blades are hot forged and chrome plated for corrosion protection along the inside edge. High carbon steel offset handles and machine pivot screw.

The sidebent design has evolved over the years to provide a cleaner cut when the scissors are run under a bolt of cloth. They keep the fabric as still as possible, unlike a pair of straight trimmers. Each model of scissors offered by the company is designed according to a particular purpose. Paper scissors, for example, have long blades and short handles, while leather shears have short blades and long handles to provide enough force with which to cut through denser materials.

Use & Care

After use, wipe the blades with a soft, oily cloth. This removes tiny particles of dust and fiber, which build up between the blades and can impair cutting ability. Keep away from moisture, as steam and humidity can corrode the blades. If the scissors require sharpening, bring them to a skilled craftsman; incorrect sharpening can damage the product.

Production & Design

Made in Sheffield, England, our polished steel shears are produced by an eleventh generation family business that can be traced back to 1760 – the oldest of its kind in the world. The shears were granted a Royal Warrant in 1840 and won numerous prizes at the Great Exhibition in London and Paris. Today, the company offers more than 250 models of industrial and professional scissors and shears, for everything from tailoring to surgery.


8 inches long

Stainless Steel

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