William Whiteley & Sons (Sheffield) Ltd is officially recognised as first starting the manufacture of scissors in the year 1760, although it is believed the business began trading
even earlier. The business has passed in direct descent through eleven generations to the current day.
The firm of Thomas Wilkinson & Son, Manufacturers of Tailors Shears and Scissors, was also founded in the 18th century and was appointed Manufacturers of Scissors in Ordinary to
her Majesty Queen Victoria and Cutlers to H.R.H. Prince Albert on October 16th 1840.
Both firms were awarded prize medals at the London Exhibitions in 1851 and 1862 and the Paris International Exhibition in 1855. The firm of Thomas Wilkinson was acquired by the then
William Whiteley in the year 1875.
While the company is justly proud of its reputation for quality founded in those far off days, it has never-the-less continuously invented and innovated in order to maintain it's
position as the leading producer of industrial and professional scissors and shears. The company offers a comprehensive range to match the requirements of all modern manufacturers. A
move to new facilities in 2007 and the upgrading of in-house hardening and painting facilities, followed by the recent acquisition of a state of the art laser marking machine continue
to ensure the company remains at the forefront.
In recent years the company's product has been endorsed by quality assurances and recommendations from organisations such as the Ministry of Defence, the German "T.U.V. Rheinland
Product Safety GmbH" and RoSPA among others.
William Whiteley's has developed a reputation for working alongside high tech companies developing cutting solutions to match the very latest manufacturing materials being introduced
in automotive, aerospace, ballistic protection and many other markets. Recent projects involve Sheffield University's Materials Department and a number of global players in the
Constant reviews of our product range mean that only the most popular patterns are identified in this catalogue. However, many "Specials" mean the range now extends to over 250
patterns covering uses from fly fishing to Formula One racing car construction.
All product is fully guaranteed against faulty workmanship and materials (subject to our standard terms and conditions - available on request).