Embroidery Scissors 3

2013

  • Shape - craft
  • Blade material Damasteel Munin
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These scissors were the second small batch of scissors that I made after a secondment at Ernest Wright & Sons, Sheffield in 2013. The first batch used their blanks but this group were entirely made by me. I used two types of steel; a stainless damascus steel from Damasteel and damascus steel handmade by Ed Schempp. Three sets used an identical profile; 3 of 4 was slightly shorter than the others because of the piece of material that I used. I realised that the way they were finished, the shaping of the shanks and the bows, the filing of the sections, subtly changed the feel of the finished scissors so each are different.

I was interested in learning to make scissors to put into my knives but I got sidetracked by the wonder of scissors in their own right. Learning their subtleties and beauty was a real pleasure.

Embroidery Scissors 4

2013

  • Shape - craft
  • Blade material Damasteel Munin
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These scissors were the second small batch of scissors that I made after a secondment at Ernest Wright & Sons, Sheffield in 2013. The first batch used their blanks but this group were entirely made by me. I used two types of steel; a stainless damascus steel from Damasteel and damascus steel handmade by Ed Schempp. Three sets used an identical profile; 3 of 4 was slightly shorter than the others because of the piece of material that I used. I realised that the way they were finished, the shaping of the shanks and the bows, the filing of the sections, subtly changed the feel of the finished scissors so each are different.

I was interested in learning to make scissors to put into my knives but I got sidetracked by the wonder of scissors in their own right. Learning their subtleties and beauty was a real pleasure.

Thread Scissors 1

2013

  • Shape - craft
  • Blade material carbon steel
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These scissors were part of a small batch that I made after a secondment at Ernest Wright & Sons, Sheffield in 2013. I used their rough drop forged blanks to work on and finish in my own workshop. They were all identical blanks but I realised that the way they were finished, the shaping of the shanks and the bows, the filing of the sections, changed the feel of the finished scissors hugely so I played with seeing how different I could make them.

I was interested in learning to make scissors to put into my knives but I got sidetracked by the wonder of scissors in their own right. Learning their subtleties and beauty was a real pleasure.

multiblade

2013

  • Shape - jj
  • Blade material Grace Damascus
  • Scales Ebony
  • Liners Silver
  • Pins Silver
  • Spring material 5160
  • Lock Slip Joint
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A two bladed pocket knife with scissors in matching damascus steel.

The scissors have a titanium spring and the webs are sterling silver. The ebony is from a reclaimed piano key. The silver pins were designed to disguise the structural pins holding the knife together – the mechanism of the knife relies on stainless steel tubes that are plugged with the silver wire. When the silver is riveted, all the pieces are held together securely. One of the features of this shape of knife is how close to the back edge the middle pin is. Structurally, a 2mm pin is perfect but that means that if the scales are rounded off, then the pin gets finished at an angle. By using the tube and pin method, the problem is reduced and the integrity of the knife is retained.

Thread Scissors 2

2013

  • Shape - craft
  • Blade material carbon steel
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These scissors were part of a small batch that I made after a secondment at Ernest Wright & Sons, Sheffield in 2013. I used their rough drop forged blanks to work on and finish in my own workshop. They were all identical blanks but I realised that the way they were finished, the shaping of the shanks and the bows, the filing of the sections, changed the feel of the finished scissors hugely so I played with seeing how different I could make them.

I was interested in learning to make scissors to put into my knives but I got sidetracked by the wonder of scissors in their own right. Learning their subtleties and beauty was a real pleasure.

Thread Scissors 3

2013

  • Shape - craft
  • Blade material carbon steel
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These scissors were part of a small batch that I made after a secondment at Ernest Wright & Sons, Sheffield in 2013. I used their rough drop forged blanks to work on and finish in my own workshop. They were all identical blanks but I realised that the way they were finished, the shaping of the shanks and the bows, the filing of the sections, changed the feel of the finished scissors hugely so I played with seeing how different I could make them.

I was interested in learning to make scissors to put into my knives but I got sidetracked by the wonder of scissors in their own right. Learning their subtleties and beauty was a real pleasure.

Snips

2001

  • Shape - craft
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Design and make a small set of snips that can be mass or batch produced. The design should be non-aggressive and visually interesting.

The snips are designed to be worn on the finger almost as jewellery. They can be worn around the back of the hand when not needed or swung around into the palm for use. They would be most useful for people performing tasks that require dexterity and frequent use of snips such as textile restoration, needlework and general craft applications. They could also be packaged as part of sets - desktop set including paperclips etc and sewing sets including a tape measure etc.