Fabric or Death: Why Choosing the Right Scissor is So Important.
The Importance of Choosing the Right Scissors for Effective Cutting –
At Whiteley’s, we often receive inquiries from people seeking guidance on choosing the right scissor to cut challenging materials. Over the years, we’ve encountered various samples, from fire hoses to bulletproof Kevlar, highlighting the growing demand for precise cutting solutions.
“Fabric or Death” –
While we relish the challenge of finding solutions for these unique materials, it’s essential to emphasize the importance of using the right scissors, even for everyday tasks. A common issue we’ve noticed involves fabric scissors being misused for cutting paper by well-meaning family members or friends, despite their specialized purpose.
Since introducing personalised laser engraving for our scissors, we’ve noticed a trend in customisations such as ‘fabric only,’ ‘fabric, not paper,’ or even the humorous ‘fabric or death.’ These customisations remind us of the need to preserve the integrity and functionality of fabric scissors for their intended use.
The Science of Scissors: Steel and Design –
But why is it so important to have separate scissors for different materials? It starts with the choice of steel. We select the steel specifications, focusing on wear resistance and re-sharpening capabilities for each pattern. With our craftsmen drawing on over a quarter of a millennia of experience, we’ve honed each scissor’s design for optimal performance.
When dealing with specific materials, we incorporate features to enhance performance. Need to cut slippery fabrics? Our ‘Xtra Sharp’ Wilkinson shears feature serrated edges for a secure grip. Working with heavy materials like leather or suede? Our leather shears have longer handles for more power. Trimming nails? Our nail trimmers have curved blades to prevent skin snagging. Each scissor design is tailored to meet specific performance requirements, emphasizing that using the wrong scissors can complicate tasks and potentially damage your shears.
So, the next time you think about using fabric scissors to cut paper, remember that paper often contains minerals that can dull the scissor’s edges over time. Invest in dedicated paper-cutting scissors to extend the life of your scissor collection.
If you need guidance in selecting the right scissors for your needs, our team is here to assist you. Contact us via email, or browse our online store to find the perfect tool for your specific task to ensure precise, efficient, and lasting results with every cut.