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William Whiteley

Makers of the highest quality scissors and shears since 1760


Our ground-breaking EXO is now available in gold

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William Whiteley

Our History

For 258 years, William Whiteley & Sons have been designing and manufacturing beautifully hand-crafted industrial scissors in Sheffield, England; the birthplace of stainless steel


The Process

Hand-crafted products using traditional techniques and skills honed over centuries

Our Heritage

Founded in 1760 and granted a Royal Warrant in 1840, today Whiteley’s is still a family-run firm, now in its 11th generation


We're proud to be supported by everyone from bespoke tailors to world record breakers

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Our personalized scissors made the perfect gift



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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

Fantastic knife

I received our Classic Kitchen Scissors and Cleaver Knife yesterday. The knife is fantastic and cuts effortlessly. The kitchen scissors are beautiful and look great in the kitchen. Will definitely be returning.
Nicola L, UK