: - see also, the webster 1913 definition
for preciseness. May also want to check out shears
for reference. Normally I'd include other entries on the same topic, but me thinks this w/u will be deleted long before the holy webster 1913
's w/us are. He should be including ME, damnit!
: The oldest finding of shears
are from Emar
, Capital of Astata
, from the Fourteenth Century BCE. They were discovered by Jean-Claude Margueron
. Following is a quote of Jean-Claude Margueron's findings, courtesay of J W Hughes
"Besides ceramics, occasionally collected in large quantities, the houses produced stone and metallic objects illustrating both day-to-day needs and the activities of city merchants: beer filters; containers; arrow and javelin heads; scales of armor; needles and scissors; long nails; bronze scrapers; millstones; mortars; many kinds of grindstones; pestles; various tools; and stone rings."
In the Third Century B.C.
, the Egyptians had eloquent bronze shears
. The design of the shears was obviously showing Greek
influence, but the high degree of craftsmanship and a small dose of Egyptian innovation made these far superior. The Egyptians put a spring between the two shears and used them to clip wool
In the First Century A.D. Sir Flinders Petrie
was attributed as describing a simple "cross-bladed" shear, being used by the Roman
One of the first recorded mentionings of cross-blade scissors
, however, was in the Fifth Century. The scribe Isidore
described a cross-bladed shear, with a center pivot, used by barber
s and tailor
s. These scissors did not gain widespread use in Europe until the 1600's. (One thousand years later!)
used varying types of paper-cutting devices in the early 10th century and onward, as a form of art and was not used for practical purposes.
In 1761, the first modern cast-steel scissors were invented in England
by Robert Hinchliffe
Shears and Scissors were never patented, but Pinking Shears
were in 1893 by a Louise Austin
Shears vs. Scissors
: Cletus the Foetus
asks this good question, and upon reviewing my old text, I realize I made a misleading set of statements. They have been fixed. Shears
are hinged at the base, at only one end; one would hold it like one holds a stapler in their hand, and shearing is done by squeezing the blades together. The Egyptians
, as I noted above, put a spring in there to allow quick and effecient shearing action.
Much later (when exactly is not know, but I do mention some dates above) the cross-bladed
shears appeared. These are now known as scissors
. They are essentially shears, with the pivot at the middle instead of towards the end of the blades. Handles were also added. This removes the need for a spring, and puts the force of leverage at your side.
: "Don't Run with Scissors
" is a phrase heard in households everywhere from your Mom
. "Running with Scissors
" is also the title of a Weird Al
album. (Thanks, p_i!)
: Known throughout many countries in countless variations, the North American
-titled "Paper, Rock, Scissors
" is enjoyed by one and all. But that's a whole other node
in it's own.
Fun Scissors Facts
/msg me with any fun scissor facts you may have
Sources: about.com gives special thanks to "J W Hughes" for their research. Also got details from "The Story of Scissors" by J. Wiss & Sons, and got a few tidbits from several websites.