William Whiteley and sons
Customer Reviews

Leave a Scissors Legacy

If you're going to live, leave a legacy - make a pair of Whiteley scissors.
Michael Horton, UK

Strong and Precise

The first time I used this knife was for chutney and it diced 3 kg of apples and onions with no effort. It is strong and precise. I usually have to choke up on the bolster of a chef knife with my small hand, but I can hold this one properly and control the whole blade. And it is stunning! I was speechless when I opened the box. A Whiteley Damascus steel kitchen knife is history in your hand. I love cooking with it! I am so pleased.
Anne LaBarba, NJ (USA)

Impeccable Service

On a personal note, I am so happy that business is booming. I visited your factory as a child with my father and continued to use your company as an adult. I can honestly say that I have always received excellent, honest and impeccable service. I wish you continued prosperity during these hard times.
Robert, UK

Pieces of Art

My EXOs have arrived and they look fantastic. I will certainly cherish these pieces of art. I am absolutely gobsmacked. What a beautifully packed and handcrafted pair of scissors.
Hans S, Germany

My new favourite tool

I bought the big black tough Glide scissors. They are absolutely fab. I have arthritic thumbs and these scissors made mincemeat of the vinyl I wanted to trim, the plastic lid I adapted to mend a chair leg and the thick plastic-lined rope I wanted to cut. My new favourite tool.
Joan G, UK


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Amanda, UK:

I’m in love with William Whiteley scissors. A great British long standing company which I’m proud to support. Only the best.


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Susan, UK:

Many thanks for my order which I received on Saturday. The 8″ Gold Sewing Sidebents look beautiful in the gift box. I love them and I hope for many sewing projects in the future! The 8″ Black Sewing Sidebents are so much nicer than I expected. The subtle engraving is perfect for special gifts. I will indeed be ordering more in the future. My husband really liked his BBQ Turner too, the engraving was perfect. Thank you so much for the free pen knife and the Henderson’s Relish in my second order to. How generous! Had some Henderson’s on the butcher’s pies last night.

David, UK:

I just want to thank you for the Stork Embroidery Scissors and 8″ Black Sewing Sidebents. They are a present for my wife and she was over the moon. The quality is second to none, true British quality. I only got to know about your company by watching one of the antique programmes. My wife as wanted a pair of the stork since she was a young girl. Wish come true now. Once again thanks.

Fiona, UK:

Firstly, I received my DIY shears in two working days, amazing service! Now I have received them, what a game changer! I EcoBrick, so cut up clean plastic that can’t be recycled and make bricks using plastic bottles. I’ve been using ordinary scissors which takes me a long time to get through all the material and is very painful on my hands. I have just completed cutting an entire bag of plastic up in 10 minutes using my new DIY scissors. That would have usually taken me a whole evening of cutting. Fantastic scissors which are going to chomp through my backlog of plastic in no time!

Dana Blouin, Thailand:

I received my 13 inch big bolt shears and threadclips recently and I could not be happier! The shears have blown my mind, they cut like a dream – they are on another level. The craftsmanship and precision sets them apart from any other shear I have cut with. The threadclips live up to the same standard too; they work seamlessly every single time.

Gary Gembala, USA:

I recently learned of William Whiteley & Sons in Sheffield, England and was so impressed with their history and products that I purchased the new Expedition model scissors online from Ohio, USA.  The finishing, engraving, and cutting action of these scissors is superb. A gift to my son that could be passed on for generations to follow.

I have to add, the personal attention of Whiteley & Sons customer sales staff was outstanding. Regular email updates on the status of my order were provided throughout the manufacturing process and shipping. William Whiteley & Sons is a well run, customer focused, company of proud, skilled craftsmen and wonderful, caring staff that have been producing exceptional products since 1760.  Well worth the investment.

Chair Repair Workshop, UK:

I’d been following William Whiteley & Sons for a while and had become increasingly obsessed with their scissors and the process of handcrafting them. After getting frustrated with my current pair of scissors at the time, one too many times, I decided to purchase a pair from Whiteleys…

Why didn’t I do it sooner? There is a certain tactile feel with quality handcrafted items and these tick the box!

They cut like a dream and they look amazing – they still bring me joy every time I use them. I will certainly be back for another pair to add to my collection! 

Andrew J Musson – Bespoke Tailor, UK: I am absolutely delighted with my new EXO Gold shears from William Whiteley & Sons. Being a tailor, it is really important to have the right tools for the trade. The EXO shears are just this, sharp, lightweight and a great design. Perfection! I would highly recommend these shears!

Scenic Stitches – Embroidery Artist, UK: Where do I start with these beautiful Gold Embroidery scissors – they are simply perfection. I had read so many great reviews, and when a good friend of mine had this exact pair of Whiteley scissors, and nothing but good things to say about them, I knew I had to get involved! Founded in 1760 and handmade by craftsmen every time, William Whiteley & Sons blow my mind. Their scissors are both beautiful and they work perfectly.

Upholstery Bee – Upholsterer UK: I love using my Wilkinson 8′ Classic Sidebent shears as they slice through all my upholstery fabrics with ease, whether fine cotton or a thick luscious velvet. They are also perfect for snipping excess fabric off the pieces of furniture that are being reupholstered.

Felicity Fabrics – Fabric Stockist, UK: We are so proud to be stockists of the amazing Whiteley handcrafted scissors. We particularly love our pinking shears which we use to finish all our swatches beautifully.

Jim Ratcliffe – Infrastructure Engineer, UK: I recently purchased a pair of Wilkinson Black Electrician Snips and what can I say? Fantastic is an understatement, these are something on another level entirely, a true mark of quality, a perfect finish, perfectly engineered, and something that really should be an industry standard. To compare these to anything else of a similar type is impossible, and a disrespect to the design, quality, engineering and production services of Whiteley and Sons, there is no second best.

I can safely say that these will more than likely outlast me, and go on to serve my children and grandchildren with the same quality and service they’ve given me!

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