There are so many different kinds of scissors. A knife was used to cut hair before scissors were invented, and there was a need for something better which were scissors. After reading this, I had a new appreciation for scissors!
During the middle ages, scissors were made by heating a bar of iron or steel, then flattening and shaping its ends into blades on an anvil. The center of the bar was heated, bent to form the spring, then cooled and reheated for flexibility.
In 1500 BC, ancient Egyptians used a single piece of bronze metal made into two blades controlled by a metal strip. The strip separated the metal blades until they were squeezed.
The first known scissors closer to what we know as scissors appeared 3,000 to 4,000 years ago in Mesopotamia, which is between the Euphrates and Tigris rivers northwest of the bottleneck of Baghdad in Iraq. However, the Romans invented makeshift scissors of bronze or iron around 100 AD. Not as easy to use as what the ones we have the opportunity to buy today.
In 1761, Richard Hinchchliffe who lived in Cheney Square, London, England, made a more modern type of scissors. He used hardened and polished cast steel to make scissors, and he manufactured and mass produced them.
In 1893, pinking shears were invented and patented by Louise Austin of Whatcom, Washington. These scissors have notched or serrated blades that cut cloth to give it a wavy or zigzag edge.
In the early 1900's, scissors were hand-forged with made with elaborate and beautiful handles. They were made by hammering steel on indented surfaces known as bosses to form the blades. The rings in the handles were made by punching a hole in the steel and enlarging it with the pointed end of an anvil.
I hope you've enjoyed learning about scissors. Something we use almost daily.
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