This little film makes me never want to buy cheap scissors again.
And if I had a pair of Ernest Wright & Son scissors, I’d never need to – they last a lifetime. There’s something lovely about honouring the process of hand making clothes with beautiful tools like handmade scissors – to me it speaks of sustainability, slow making and quality.
This short film documents some of the metal working processes involved in putting together a pair of scissors, at the Ernest Wright & Son factory in Sheffield, England. The family-owned business has been making scissors for more than a century, and their factory is possibly the last in Britain still making scissors by hand. They were rumoured to be on the verge of shutting down a couple of years back, but this film has apparently revived this scissor business – with sewers, crafters and hipsters from all over now busting to buy a pair. I love a happy ending.
Psst – I don’t want to increase my competition, but you can enter to win one of 10 sets of Ernest Wright & Son scissors on Instagram at the moment. Competition closes late September 2015. Game on, sewists.
And for those who miss out, you can buy them at a few places in Australia, including The Drapery – they post!