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  • do you own a really nice pair of scissors?

    Last week I visited the kutrite scissor works in Sheffield, more info and pictures about them here http://greenwood-carving.blogspot.co...eld-craft.html and here http://www.britishblades.com/forums/...hlight=kutrite

    They are wonderful chaps, the three guys working there have 150 years experience of the cutlery trade between them. This is Cliff, the "putter togetherer" that is the official job title that you would advertise in the days when there were 60 scissor firms in town.



    I thought some folk here might be interested in owning a lovely pair of hand made scissors. They normally only sell to trade but have agreed to do a mail order service for forum users on one of their most popular lines 8 1/4" dress making shears. I think these tools are at once a mini sculpture and a gorgeous piece of engineering. The cost is just £20 plus £5 P&P.





    The difference between these and a cheap pair of scissors is that these are drop forged out of high carbon steel then hardened and tempered to give a very tough and hard long lasting tool. The other big difference is the setting. On a pair of cheap modern scissors the two blades never actually touch they lie parallel to each other and do not cut as a pair of proper shears do. The two blades are skilfully ground and set in a slight curve so that they always touch just at the point you are cutting.





    The effect of this is a gliding slicing cut that just feels wonderful. Why 8 1/4" and not 8"? Well back in the days before VAT there was a thing called purchase tax which applied to scissors but not tools. Shears over 8" were tools and so you will never find a pair of traditional English shears at just 8".



    So here we have the perfect gift for anyone who has ever been frustrated at the lack of quality in modern tools. For just £25 inc P&P you can have a little bit of Sheffield history and help to keep this wonderful trade going for a little longer. Sadly as their main markets are all declining and the business is struggling, this offer will help them dip their toe into a new market to see if it is viable and to help them keep the skills alive.




    How do you buy them?

    Sadly they don't do paypal or credit card payments so it has to be an old fashioned cheque made payable to "Kutrite of Sheffield Ltd" include your address and a note asking for 8 1/4" dress making shears. Post it to

    Kutrite of Sheffield Ltd
    Kelham Works
    72 Russel Street,
    Sheffield
    S3 8RW
    http://www.robin-wood.co.uk

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    Do I own a nice pair of scissors?
    Yes. they were my favourites. Embriodery scissors that were so sharp, snipped so close, I could unpick stitching with them, they made the perfect eyelets......AND I'VE LOST THEM!
    Buckets of tears
    AnnieAnna

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    • #3
      I had some of these many years ago. I didn't think you could get them anymore, as nearly all of the ones I see have plastic handles. Obviously not looking in the right place then am I? I wouldn't have much use for them now but they are a good price!
      Gail x

      My Blog: http://gailburtonart.blogspot.com/

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      • #4
        They're the REAL THING! Just like the ones my grandmother had, and I'll likely inherit from my mum in years to come, as they work beautifully forever
        Cheers,
        Scorch

        Scorch's Pyrography : www.scorchpyro.co.uk
        Crafts on Flickr : http://www.flickr.com/photos/tanniso...7606138937826/

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        • #5
          Robin - how do you get to see the other scissors they make? (Apart from nicking the photo in your blog and blowing it up.) I assume they haven't moved into the website age yet. Can I ask for a catalogue?
          AnnieAnna

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          • #6
            Hi Annie,

            They don't have a catlogue or an online sales set up yet, they make 140 different types of scissors. I have posted this on my blog and a couple of forums for them and if they get enough orders to make it look worthwhile then they will hopefully get something sorted out. Most of their business is doing runs of 500 mailbag scissors for the royal mail or scissors for trimming carpets as they come off the loom etc. All their markets are in decline but I think there is still a market for well made British craftsmanship. I'll post here if they get a system up and running that allows folk to order other items.

            Robin
            http://www.robin-wood.co.uk

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            • #7
              my nana had a pair of those with a red handle she used to make all my dresses

              thank goodness she doesnt sew anymore

              *shudders at the thought of putting my 3 girls in matching green tartan all in one suits*

              she did make nice frilly ones though, me and my cousin in one of the dresses

              Gem
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              • #8
                Oh my. I would just love a pair of those. How long is the offer on for? I can't afford them for about 4 weeks.
                Carol
                God helps them that help themselves.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Critchley View Post
                  Oh my. I would just love a pair of those. How long is the offer on for? I can't afford them for about 4 weeks.
                  I am sure they would be happy to send you a pair if you order in 4 weeks.
                  http://www.robin-wood.co.uk

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                  • #10
                    Thanks Robin

                    I think your post is really important especially in these times. I want to support crafts and industries like this and appreciate the care and time that goes into such products. I have ordered the shears and would like to order some of their other scissors so I hope they will consider selling small quantities to individuals soon. A website would help them I think, at relatively low overheads.
                    Thanks again
                    Viv

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                    • #11
                      Oh, it's one of Sheffield's Little Mesters. There used to be so many of them. Whereabouts in Sheffield are they?
                      Celia
                      I can't be creative and tidy too
                      www.jencel.co.uk for beads, findings and threads
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Faffree View Post
                        I think your post is really important especially in these times. I want to support crafts and industries like this and appreciate the care and time that goes into such products. I have ordered the shears and would like to order some of their other scissors so I hope they will consider selling small quantities to individuals soon. A website would help them I think, at relatively low overheads.
                        Thanks again
                        Viv
                        Thanks for that I hope that these sales will encourage them to put up at least a basic website. They do 140 different models of scissors but I reckon they could easily put up a simple site with maybe 10 on.

                        Originally posted by jencel View Post
                        Oh, it's one of Sheffield's Little Mesters. There used to be so many of them. Whereabouts in Sheffield are they?
                        They are next door to the Kelham island tavern just round the corner from Kelham island museum.
                        http://www.robin-wood.co.uk

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                        • #13
                          I second the they need a website thought.
                          I was getting to screaming point not having my pointy embroidery scissors and if they had had a website and if there had been some on it I'd have bought some even if they hadn't had a shopping cart and I'd had to phone up.
                          As it was I had to go into town today so bought a pair from my little local craft shop.

                          I feel really guilty for not supporting the scissor men....then not so guilty as I supported my woolshop ladies.

                          AnnieAnna

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                          • #14
                            Twitter

                            Ms Robin Wood - I posted your original information on Twitter about this factory and am pleased to say it was re-tweeted several times. I hope this will tweak their interest in selling online

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Faffree View Post
                              Ms Robin Wood - I posted your original information on Twitter about this factory and am pleased to say it was re-tweeted several times. I hope this will tweak their interest in selling online
                              Thanks for that, Robin (Mr )
                              http://www.robin-wood.co.uk

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