Yesterday I visited the kutrite scissor works in Sheffield, I have written about them before here and here, they are wonderful chaps, the three guys working there have 150 years experience of the cutlery trade between them. This is Cliff, the “putter togetherer” that is the official job title that you would advertise in the days when there were 60 scissor firms in town.
Anyway after my previous posts about them some people have asked about buying a pair of their wonderful scissors. They normally only sell to trade but have agreed to do a mail order service for my blog readers and supporters of the Heritage Crafts Association. We chose one of their most popular lines 8 1/4″ dress making shears, I think these tools are at once a mini sculpture and a gorgeous piece of engineering. The cost is just £20 plus £5 P&P.
The difference between these and a cheap pair of scissors is that these are drop forged out of high carbon steel then hardened and tempered to give a very tough and hard long lasting tool. The other big difference is the setting. On a pair of cheap modern scissors the two blades never actually touch they lie parallel to each other and do not cut as a pair of proper shears do. The two blades are skilfully ground and set in a slight curve so that they always touch just at the point you are cutting.
The effect of this is a gliding slicing cut that just feels wonderful. Why 8 1/4″ and not 8″? Well back in the days before VAT there was a thing called purchase tax which applied to scissors but not tools. Shears over 8″ were tools and so you will never find a pair of traditional English shears at just 8″.
So here we have the perfect gift for anyone who has ever been frustrated at the lack of quality in modern tools. For just £25 inc P&P you can have a little bit of Sheffield history and help to keep this wonderful trade going for a little longer.
Sadly they don’t do paypal or credit card payments so it has to be an old fashioned cheque made payable to “Kutrite of Sheffield Ltd” include your address and a note asking for 8 1/4″ dress making shears. Post it to
Kutrite of Sheffield Ltd
72 Russel Street,