Scissors by Hand Size
Today Whiteley’s produces over 250 different types of scissor and we are positive that within our range you can find the most perfect scissor to suit your hand size. You need a scissor to fit your hand size as this not only avoids fatigue after prolonged use but also means your cutting will be neat and accurate as the scissor won’t slip about with each cut.
Finding the best scissors for your hand size can be difficult, especially in this day and age of online shopping. If you want to take advantage of our laser engraving and personalise your scissors, then you need to know the perfect pair for you before you put your mark on them.
So what are the best scissors for small hands?
7 inch sidebents
Our smallest sidebent scissor is just 7 inches.
If your hands are particularly petite, or you want scissors for a young adult who is perhaps getting into fabrics, the extra small bows are perfect without compromising too much on cutting length with a 7cm cut in total.
8 inch sidebents
If you need a slightly longer cut but have small hands, our 8 inch scissors still have petite bows but a 9cm cut, they fit small hands with slender fingers comfortably whilst still being incredibly light. These are the go-to scissors for most female sewers and crafters.
We make 8 inch scissors with either a Classic or X-tra Sharp blade edge; the X-tra Sharp has one serrated bade for tougher materials. The classic edge has a standard black painted handle, but you can also choose from our ‘Colours’ range or have go for the all black Teflon coating. Our 8 inch sidebents even come left-handed too.
If you suffer with arthritis or struggle with heavier scissors, we offer an 8 inch lightweight scissor too, the Glide range have plastic, ergonomic handles and are extremely light without compromising on the strength and cutting ability of the blade.
What are the best scissors for an average hand size?
The most powerful, sharpest and comfortable professional scissor we make are our EXOs.
When we designed them, we heard from Savile Row cutters and tailors that they often struggled with 12 or 13 inch shears (the go to size for cutting within the tailoring industry). 12 or 13 inch shears can be difficult for some users to open wide and therefore the user does not always gain the benefit of the overall length of the blade.
The handles of our EXO were designed using 3D printing technology to make sure they were as perfect as possible for every hand size before the tooling was created. They are as ergonomic as possible and fit an average hand size like a glove.
They fit comfortably in most hand sizes whilst offering a professional length of cut. In addition, there are two ways to hold the EXO scissor with larger hands, with your first three fingers in the bows or with your middle, ring and pinky finger in the bows with your first finger under the nook in front.
10 inch sidebents
When working with large areas of fabric, 10 inches tends to be the most desirable scissor size. The length of the cut is a hefty 13cm and the bows measure 7.5cm by 2.5cm and their largest inner width and length. Petite individuals with small hands might struggle to handle these scissors for long periods of time due to their size and weight.
What are the best scissors for large hands?
10 inch sidebents
Popular for working with fabric with a hefty cut of 13cm. The bows measure 7.5cm by 2.5cm and their largest inner width and length. Perfect for larger hands with 3 fingers in the bows.
12 inch sidebents
Our largest sidebent scissor, and heaviest, these shears are most suitable for those with larger hands. Made from high carbon steel, they are good for big cutting jobs, such as carpets or vinyl flooring, upholstering.
Available with either a black painted handle Classic blade edge or a red painted handle X-tra Sharp blade edge; with one serrated blade.
There are two ways to hold the EXO scissor with larger hands, with your first three fingers in the bows or with your middle, ring and pinky finger in the bows with your first finger under the nook in front.