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Hand Forged Medieval Pivot Scissors

Product code: 1980000300
The shanks elegantly curve back upward to form generously sized finger rings
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                           Medieval Shears / Pivot Scissors, hand-forged

These Medieval shears have been hand-crafted. Each scissor half has been forged from one piece of steel and the two halves then riveted together in the centre. The shanks elegantly curve back upward to form generously sized finger rings, making the scissors easier to hold and use, even with larger hands. The forging marks were intentionally left visible to lend a rustic, authentic character to the historical shears, and the surface was blackened to improve rust resistance.

Although fully functional, these period-style scissors have just slightly sharpened edges which may have to be re-ground to improve sharpness if needed.

While earliest evidence of the use of so-called spring scissors goes as far back as the 15th c. BC in Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt, "modern" pivot or pivoted scissors (two cross-blades attached at a pivot point) first appeared in Ancient Rome around 100 AD. Although they did not fully supersede the spring scissors until the Renaissance period in Europe, they were nonetheless already in use in the Middle Ages, as can be seen for instance on the Tailor's Window in the 13th c. Freiburg Minster, Germany. In terms of basic design and functionality, they have remained virtually unchanged since then and continue to see service to this very day in the widest range of forms.

This visually appealing blacksmithing piece is perfectly suited for camp life and re-enactment or living history events and will be a great decorative prop for any medieval seamstress, herb woman or barber surgeon.


Material: forged steel (not stainless)

Overall length: approx. 19 cm

Length of the blades: approx. 8.5 cm (cutting edges approx. 5 cm)

Width (when closed): approx. 10.5 cm

Finger holes: approx. 7.5 x 4 cm (each)

Weight: approx. 172 g

Please Note:

Above specs may slightly vary from piece to piece. As this is a hand-forged product, each pair of scissors is a very unique piece and slight variations in shape and/or surface finish are quite normal. The pictures are thus for reference only.

The steel used here is not rust-proof and might show slight surface tarnishing in places. We recommend you to maintain the scissors on a regular basis, for example by using an  Oil, which is ideally suited for steel care.

Shipping Weight: 0.50 kg

Product Code 1980000300
Weight 0.4kg