IMPROVING A CLASSIC DESIGN

YOUR STYLISH KITCHEN COMPANION

The Kutrite pattern of flat kitchen scissors was originally designed by Philip Wright in the early 1960’s and was produced until the 1980’s. It was a homage to the brilliant Turton pattern that emerged from Sheffield in the 1920s. You can put one pair on top of the other and see that they are the same essential tool – yet both beautifully individual.
THE STORY

REDEFINING THE KUTRITE

In 2012, the idea began to re-introduce the elegant and practical ‘Kutrite’ pattern, to have an alternative all-purpose pair of stainless steel kitchen scissors.

But to do so, the tooling and dies, which enable the hot-drop-forge to produce scissor ‘blanks’ from high-quality stainless steel, had to be completely renewed. A Kickstarter campaign started in 2016, and was received very well by thousands of scissor enthusiasts around the world.

Kutrite and Turton scissors in  presentation box
Ernest Wright Kutrite scissors
Ernest Wright Kutrite scissors

IMPROVING THE ALMOST-PERFECT

Although the original pattern was near perfect, Nick Wright decided to alter the model. This was at his own risk and when the new blanks arrived, everyone at the workshop realised that they were faulty. But due to time pressure the blanks were accepted, and production was attempted.

These blanks have several defaults:

No Centrepoint. This makes it hard to drill a hole exactly in the right place. Especially when the drills are sharpened by hand and there is slack on the bench drills. Thus, it is almost impossible to fit both sides of the scissors perfectly together.

The thickness of the new blanks leaves ‘edges’ everywhere. Most can be removed by hand, but the toothed gap between the blades are very difficult to improve within an acceptable timeframe.

The bottle opener won’t open crown caps. The opener is too small and a lot of extra effort is required to make it work the way it should.

KUTRITE UPDATE!

Over the last year, we’ve been awaiting the right opportunity to bring back the Kutrite. Now, a breakthrough is near. Ernest Wright has teamed up with a tool and die specialist who shares our vision: to recreate the old model as true to the original design as possible, whilst adapting the materials to our current high standard of production.
We love it – but should we take the risk of investing in this project? We want to know your opinion… visit the new Kutrite update page!

Ernest Wright Kutrite kitchen scissor
Prototype Ernest Wright Kutrite scissors
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