Twisted Seamstress

2015

  • Shape - ceremonial
  • Blade material - 15N20 & CS70 damascus Steel with BS1407 blades
  • Handle material - Glove leather
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£2500

Sordid Objects of Decadence and Domesticity

15N20 & CS70 damascus Steel with BS1407 blades Glove leather & micarta sheath 250mm 138g

Damascus Steel by Mick Maxen

Forged by Joshua Burrell

Designed, fettled & finished by Grace Horne

With social and economic upheaval during the Victorian age in Britain, an increasing number of gentlewomen were required to seek work. Their upbringing meant that their choices of occupation were limited; becoming a governess was often considered desirable and, as sewing was taught to all girls, becoming a seamstress or milliner was also popular. However, census data revealed that there was a disproportionately large number of women claiming their profession as seamstresses while actually plying their trade around dubious urban areas late at night. As the carrying of weapons was illegal but carrying 'tools of the trade' was acceptable, an urban myth developed regarding prostitutes carrying scissor-daggers. However there is little evidence of these being popular or even existing during this period.

'Twisted Seamstress' is my version of a pair of scissors that a fallen gentlewoman might carry, whilst frequenting disreputable parts of town late at night...

Silk scissors

2014

  • Shape - craft
  • Blade material - sliver steel & wrought iron
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£600

This pair of scissors was the first that was made in collaboration with Joshua Burrell. I contacted Josh at the beginning of 2014 to see if he was interested in working with me on hand forged scissors and this was our first attempt at working together; he forged them and I fettled and finished them.

The shears are ground very thin and springy along their length and the edges are sharpened specifically for fine cutting of material such as linings and fine silks.

The main body of the scissors are forged from wrought iron with a forge welded blade of tool steel. They have been etched to show the flow of the forging and a small bud was carved from the iron which was left unetched.

Embroidery Scissors 2

2013

  • Shape - craft
  • Blade material - 15n20 and 1084 Damascus steel and Ed Schempp Damascus
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£400

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 3

2013

  • Shape - craft
  • Blade material - Damasteel Munin
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£400

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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£400

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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£175

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
more...

£175

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.

Embroidery Scissors 1

2013

  • Shape - craft
  • Blade material - 15n20 and 1084 Damascus steel and Ed Schempp Damascus
more...

£400

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.