"Block shears act with additional leverage, and can consequently be used for rather thicker metal, the upper bow being replaced by a long straight handle, and the lower one by a stake which can by firmly fixed in a block of woood or otherwise." — Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

Block Shears

"Block shears act with additional leverage, and can consequently be used for rather thicker metal, the…

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…

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…

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…

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 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.

A pair of pruning shears used for larger plants.

Pruning Shears

A pair of pruning shears used for larger plants.

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…