An illustration of three sets of hands performing various crafting tasks.

Busy Fingers

An illustration of three sets of hands performing various crafting tasks.

Specialized implements used to cut human head hair. They should not be confused with razors (which usually refer to tools used to cut facial hair or bodily hair) and scissors.

Hair Clipper

Specialized implements used to cut human head hair. They should not be confused with razors (which usually…

"Fig. 6- scissors, knives, and forceps, 1/2 natural size." Elliot Coues, 1994 These items may be used to seize and draw out a membrane or embryo from the egg.

Scissors, Knives, and Forceps Used for Egg Blowing

"Fig. 6- scissors, knives, and forceps, 1/2 natural size." Elliot Coues, 1994 These items may be used…

Three men at work grinding scissors.

Grinding Hull

Three men at work grinding scissors.

At first scissors seem to have been small, awkward things, with straight blades and handles. Now they are made in many different styles, shapes and sizes, and are adapted to a great variety or uses. Some have bent blades, others curved or bent handles, some are long, some very thick and short, some have rings for the fingers or thumb.

Manicure Scissors

At first scissors seem to have been small, awkward things, with straight blades and handles. Now they…

The florist and gardener use scissors with a curved blade for pruning, and a delicate pair for gathering flowers, and large shears, called pruning shears, for trimming hedge plants.

Pruning Shears

The florist and gardener use scissors with a curved blade for pruning, and a delicate pair for gathering…

A cutting instrument consisting of two cutting blades movable on a pin in the center.

Scissors

A cutting instrument consisting of two cutting blades movable on a pin in the center.

"Many instruments in common use are on the principle of this kind of lever. Scissors, consists of two levers, the rivet being the fulcrum for both. The fingers are the power, and the cloth to be cut, the resistance to be overcome." -Comstock 1850

Scissors

"Many instruments in common use are on the principle of this kind of lever. Scissors, consists of two…

These scissors are delicately made.

Scissors

These scissors are delicately made.

These scissors include handles formed in the shape of lilies.

Scissors

These scissors include handles formed in the shape of lilies.

These scissors include handles formed in the shape of lilies.

Scissors

These scissors include handles formed in the shape of lilies.

These scissors include handles that are formed in a round shape.

Scissors

These scissors include handles that are formed in a round shape.

These scissors are made in the form of a coat of arms. It has a motto of the Cavendish family, a British noble family during the 14th century.

Scissors

These scissors are made in the form of a coat of arms. It has a motto of the Cavendish family, a British…

Showing the different stages of scissors manufacturing.

Scissors manufacturing

Showing the different stages of scissors manufacturing.

Scissors are hand operated cutting instruments. they consist of a pair of metal blades, or tangs, connected in such a way that the sharpened edges slide against each other.

A Pair of Scissors

Scissors are hand operated cutting instruments. they consist of a pair of metal blades, or tangs, connected…

Scissors are hand-operated cutting instruments. They consist of a pair of metal blades, or tangs, connected in such a way that the sharpened edges slide against each other.

Large Pair of Scissors

Scissors are hand-operated cutting instruments. They consist of a pair of metal blades, or tangs, connected…

An edge tool having two crossed pivoting blades

Large Pair of Scissors

An edge tool having two crossed pivoting blades

Scissors are hand operated cutting instruments. They consist of a pair of metal blades, or tangs, connected in such a way that the sharpened edges slide against each other.

Large Scale Scissors

Scissors are hand operated cutting instruments. They consist of a pair of metal blades, or tangs, connected…

A pair of scissors along with a needle, thread, and thimble.

Sewing Supplies

A pair of scissors along with a needle, thread, and thimble.

A cutting instrument consisting of two blades with a bevel edge, movable on a pin, used for cutting cloth and other substances.

Shears

A cutting instrument consisting of two blades with a bevel edge, movable on a pin, used for cutting…

Scissors or shears for cutting cloth.

Shears

Scissors or shears for cutting cloth.

Metal cutting shears although similar to a pair of scissors feature a fulcrum closer to the cutting blades than the handles to increase mechanical advantage. Shears are able to cut through many thin sheets of metal.

Shears for Cutting Metal

Metal cutting shears although similar to a pair of scissors feature a fulcrum closer to the cutting…

Shears for clipping hair, especially that of horses.

Clipping Shears

Shears for clipping hair, especially that of horses.

"Multiple-bladed Sheep-shears. a, a, handles joined by coiled spring c; b, b', plates joined to the handles and sliding upon each other, the motion being limited by the screw f working in slot g d, d, blades." -Whitney, 1911

Multiple-Bladed Sheep Shears

"Multiple-bladed Sheep-shears. a, a, handles joined by coiled spring c; b, b', plates joined to the…

Traditional sheep shears consisting of two blades that cut the wool when the shearer squeezes them together.

Sheep Shears

Traditional sheep shears consisting of two blades that cut the wool when the shearer squeezes them together.

This shear attachment features tensioners riveted at the fulcrum.

Tension Attachment for Shears

This shear attachment features tensioners riveted at the fulcrum.

Ordinary sheep-shears are not in any sense a pair of scissors. These simple shears have no pivot on which the blades turn.

Sheep-shearing Shears

Ordinary sheep-shears are not in any sense a pair of scissors. These simple shears have no pivot on…

A bench-shears is a tool with two short, stout blades and very long handles, one of them being fitted with a point to hold the shears firm on the bench.

Tinsmith's Shears

A bench-shears is a tool with two short, stout blades and very long handles, one of them being fitted…