Top Ten Cool Scissor Designs takes a look at your mundane, daily tool in a new light, adding essential sophistication or utility value to it.
Up first, are these large household scissors forged by Tajika Haruo in Ono (Japan). Available for $82 on Nalata Nalata, these have a grip to please most users for domestic handiness.
Allex Non-Stick Scissors with colorfully accented handles are peachy to look at, coming as they do in some beautiful contrasts of dark Teflon body and bright colors on handles. The Teflon is particularly effective for cutting adhesive tapes and surfaces, keeping the blades from sticking together. Available for $40 at McNally Jackson stores.
William Whiteley & Sons have been a name to reckon as Scissor makers for over two centuries! Their latest Heavy Duty Paper Scissors for £18.50, at Labour and Wait boast of a black protective coating to resist corrosion.
Household Scissors are never out of vogue. But then this pair comes with a fair bit of history. William Whiteley & Sons (Sheffield, UK) have been in this game since 1760. Seven inches of nickel-plated steel is blue-blood royalty for a mere £15.
From history to modern finesse. Italian shear makers Westcott Clauss Scissors hot forge these pairs from cutlery-grade carbon steel. Sold from $32 at Schoolhouse Electric.
These Indian Fabric Scissors are good enough to cut through made-to-order fabric rolls, plastic, paper, thin leather, suede or even thin metal wires. Versatile at $20 (6-inch) or $28 (8-inch) blade varieties, these are a must-have.
Sheffield Kevlar Shear is an award-winning pair of shears which has regularly made it to the list of popular household gadgets. At $76 they may be on the expensive side, but one of the most efficient for industrial use.
The CDT Black Scissors, manufactured in Seki, in Gifu Prefecture is a town in Japan known for their craftsmanship with Samurai Swords. Little wonder, then, that these $72 pairs at Tortoise General Store are a favorite with discerning users. Designed with an ambidextrous grip, they are also available in Silver color.
The Spanish 6-inch pair of scissors from El Casco, look and work their ‘sharp’ bit. Available at $65 (Amazon), they also sport a 9-inch variety available for $135 in Barney’s (New York). Chrome finish gives them a classy, polished look and sharp, rust-free edges.
We round off the list with these ultra-thin Brass Scissors from the house of Danish accessories company Hay. At a mere £10, they offer the comfort of a plastic grip, and razor-sharp blades to go with their beautiful look.