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User Guide

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The following notes provide information to help you choose the best scissor for the job and get the optimum service from them.

*Explanation of terms used in this guide.

"Hot forged" - steel is heated in a furnace and forged with a drop hammer into the desired shape. It is an expensive process but produces a high quality scissor with excellent grain structure and hardness.

"Sidebent" - this means that the "Bows" are offset so that the scissor can be held flat to the worksurface and the operator doesn't have to lift up material when cutting.

"Bows" - these are the finger holes that help you grip the tools. Our bows are specially designed for each style of scissor to suit your cutting needs.

"Shank" - the part of the scissor between the blades and the bows.

"Set" - this is "feel" of the scissors when you cut with them. A good "set" should give smooth, uniform cut all the way to the tip without hesitation or roughness.

"Pivot" - a high quality screw that has been engineered to hold the blades in the correct plane.


A quality scissor will generally be made of "Hot Forged" high carbon steel, hardened and tempered. The process of forging the steel in a drop hammer strengthens the crystal structure of the steel, the hardening is a scientifically controlled process further enhanced by tempering which provides an optimum uniform hardness on the blades prior to grinding. Great care is taken to finish all the surfaces, particularly inside the "Bows" to achieve maximum comfort of use. Quality machine grinding with the blades "Set" by craftsmen complete the criteria for a quality product. The Wilkinson range have a unique coating on the inside of the blades which resists corrosion thus adding to durability and improving cutting performance.


Using the right scissor ensures that the job will be easier, safer and more effective. The following points will help you choose the most suitable scissor:

  • Broad categories set out in our catalogue (e.g. Textiles, Industrial, Household, General Purpose and Surgical) suggest the types of materials a scissor range will cut. However, scissors are very versatile and may be used for more than one purpose - for example Tailors' Trimmers can be used for cutting canvas and rubber.
  • Choose the size appropriate to the type of job. Big scissors are used for cutting large amounts of material, scissors with short blades and long "Shanks" for cutting through thick material and small sharp scissors for work which requires a high degree of accuracy. Using the wrong size deforms the "Pivot" and reduces the performance and life expectancy of the scissor.
  • Choose the right cutting edge - "Knife Edged" shears have a more acute angle on the cutting edge. This makes cutting thick, dense materials such as carpet easier and puts less strain on the operator. The "XTra Sharp" range have one serrated blade to grip the material and one knife edge to offer maximum efficiency.
  • Select the biggest pair of scissors that can be comfortably held.
  • Some materials such as Carbon Fibre, Glass Fibre and Aramid (Kevlar) are very difficult to cut using normal scissors. The development of a special range allows these modern materials to be cut successfully through special machining, setting and a Teflon coating. These scissors have a ten-fold cutting life extension when compared to standard scissors. It is not recommended that these scissors be used to cut both glass fibre and Kevlar because users have reported a rapid fall-off in performance. If cutting both types of fibre, use one scissor exclusively on each of the two types of fibres. The company offers a free technical advice service which often involves doing free trials on a sample of the customers product. Nearly 250 years of experience and over 250 different product (specials included) offers the customer an unprecedented service.

Product ranges and specifications can be easily identified by their codes. The first four numbers are the pattern number, the letters indicate the type of finish and the number after the dash specifies the overall length of the scissor.

There are five types of finish (the first four on top of carbon steel, stainless steel product is made entirely from surgical grade stainless steel);

  • BS - Bright Steel or Polished
  • NP - Nickel Plated
  • CP - Chrome Plated
  • T - Teflon Coated
  • SS - Stainless Steel
  • C - for Carbon Fibre
  • G - for Glass Fibre
  • K - Kevlar (Aramid)

Letters are also placed after the size to give a further description on certain product. For example;


The different letters are;

  • SS - two sharp points
  • BB - two round points
  • LH - left hand
  • R - rounded points on a standard design for extra safety

The product code is then followed by a more detailed description of the product; 1920BS-12 Sidebent Scissor/Bright Steel finish/12" overall length 1809NP-5/SS Household Scissor/Nickel Plated/5" overall length/two sharp points


Following these guidelines for maintenance and care for maximum cutting-life and satisfaction.

  • Always use the correct pattern for the job. Using an incorrect size or pattern could lead to damage to the scissors, distorting blades and damaging edges rendering the scissors unserviceable. It will almost certainly increase the effort required by the operator to complete the task which also has a bearing on productivity.
  • Wipe the blades of the scissors after use with a soft oily cloth. This extends the life by removing tiny particles of dust and fibre which build up between the blades and also acts as a protection against corrosion on carbon steel patterns. This build-up can also impair the cutting ability.
  • Avoid harsh treatment of the scissors - dropping them can cause irreversible edge damage if the blades are open. Leather holsters are available which protect both scissor and operator.
  • Keep away from moisture. Steam, humidity and perspiration can cause damage through corrosion.
  • Occasionally scissors may need sharpening and this should be carried out by craftsmen - incorrect sharpening can render a product useless. We offer a re-sharpening and resetting service. Serrated blades should not be resharpened.