We were officially founded in 1760, at the forefront of the industrial revolution, although the company is believed to have been trading even earlier.
Since then we’ve made scissors through storms, floods, strikes, world wars, depressions, recessions, and more. We’ve never stopped making scissors because people have never stopped needing them!
The oldest scissor-makers in the Western world, Whiteley’s began life on the outskirts of Sheffield, in an area called ‘White Lea’. Water power harnessed from a forging dam was used to power the forging and grinding wheels, until the turn of the Industrial Revolution, where Whiteley’s moved into town – freed from the water wheels by the development of steam engines.
In 1875, Whiteley’s incorporated Thomas Wilkinson & Son; another scissor-maker who was appointed ‘Manufacturers of Scissors in Ordinary to her Majesty Queen Victoria and Cutlers to H.R.H. Prince Albert’.
A renowned Master Cutler, Wilkinson invented and patented the ‘sidebent’ scissor. With cranked handles to tilt upwards, allowing for smoother cutting of cloth as the lower blade could run flat along the fabric, Wilkinson invented the blueprint for every pair of dressmaking and tailors’ shears you see today.
We still use the Wilkinson name as the brand for our highest-quality products; Wilkinson tailors’ shears are world-renowned for their unbeatable quality and longevity, with some customers returning a pair for sharpening that are over 80 years old and still in perfect working condition.
Since then, the company has gone from strength to strength, and we continue to make beautifully hand-crafted scissors that last a lifetime.
Send us your scissors with note identifying the symptoms, and we will assess and quote you a price based on the work needed to get them back to full health.
Prices start from £40 for a basic regrinding and resetting, additional work to be carried out will be quoted accordingly.
If you require an urgent turnaround, we can also provide this at a flat fee of £X.