Wilkinson 8" Composite ShearsRegular price £57.00
Hot-forged carbon steel sidebent scissors with non-stick coating, for heavy duty tailoring and dressmaking.
- 8″ right-handed shears with “sidebent” shape; cranked handles tilt upwards, allowing for smoother cutting of cloth as the lower blade can run flat along the fabric
- Made from hot-forged carbon steel for unrivaled quality and durability
- Teflon-coated; non-stick means tape and adhesive won’t ruin the blades
- Industrial grade; used by professionals
- They feature a unique corrosion protection coating on the inside of the blade
- Extra sharp with one micro-serrated blade and one knife edge blade; these shears are able to grip slippery materials and reduce cutting effort
- Blackhorse Lane Ateliers logo etching
- Handmade by craftsmen in Sheffield, UK
- Weight: 200g
- Thickness of blades (when placed together): 8mm
- Style code: SIDEBENTTEF8
- Tailoring; wool, shirting
- Dressmaking; fine fabrics, mediumweight wovens, jersey
- Leatherwork and rubber
- Heavy duty enough to cut through Kevlar
Scissors begin at the drop forge, where blanks (individual scissor halves) are stamped out of a bar of carbon steel. The edges of steel are trimmed before being sent back to the factory to be bow dressed, where the rough steel is sanded down, and a hole is drilled for where the screw will eventually sit. The steel is still too soft at this point so the blanks are submerged in a furnace and quenched in oil, then tempered (baked) to slow down the hardening. The blanks are then placed in a vat with ceramic chips and low-grade acid ready for buffing (no longer are there women with cloths) so that they can be shiny and smooth.
Whiteley’s are the last UK-based scissor maker to hand-grind their shears, giving the scissors a sharp edge. Putters will then assemble the scissors using different methods for each style, uniting the two scissor halves and doing final quality checks. If, like this pair, a scissor is to be coated then this process is done before assembly, otherwise for painted handles or “japanning” then this step is done next.
William Whiteley & Sons was established in 1760, and received a Royal Warrant in 1840 for their designing and manufacturing of beautiful hand-crafted industrial scissors in the North of England, Sheffield. In 1875, Whiteley’s incorporated another scissor-maker Thomas Wilkinson & Son, also royally appointed. A renowned Master Cutler, Wilkinson invented and patented the ‘sidebent’ scissor. Still a family-run firm, Whiteley’s skills have been passed on down through the generations. Today, Whiteley’s produce over 250 styles of scissor with advanced development for all types of industry keeping their craftsmanship fresh.