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12” Hardened Industrial Shears

Ernest Wright 12" Industrial Shears


Available on back-order


We are currently in the process of making a batch of this model, and some of the units being produced are still available to backorder. We expect the batch to be finished within 10 weeks, after which point the backorders can be fulfilled. This timescale should be taken as a conservative estimate, not a guarantee, as our production is limited and subject to change due to external factors. This also means that products ordered after the 25th of September 2023 will not be delivered before Christmas.


The 12″ hardened industrial shears are designed for hard work. If you’re a craftsman who loves our scissors but worries that the other styles won’t quite cut it, then these are the shears for you. Handmade and expertly put together, they have the same precision and feel that make Ernest Wright scissors world-famous; but with 6″ hardened carbon steel blades, they cut with confidence through all types of technical textiles. Letting you focus on your craft.


Type: Cutting all kind of (technical) fabrics
Use: Tailors and craftsmen, cutting (technical) fabric
Total length: 13″ 1/4  / 33.02 cm
Blade length: 6,3″ / 16 cm
Weight: 830 g
Material: Drop forged high quality carbon steel,
long-life precision edge retention
Finish: Hand polished
Packaging: Leather holster

Ernest Wright 12" Industrial Shears
Ernest Wright 12" Industrial Shears
Ernest Wright 12" Industrial Shears


Once the industrial shears have been forged and hardened, the surface of the handles is very rough, with burrs and scales. To make industrial shears pleasant to hold when in constant use, and as thumb and forefinger produce pressure for cutting, shears handles require special processing.

Very often, the burrs are simply covered with a thick layer of paint. This process inadequately tries to avoid an old but very elaborate technique, namely that of flexible grinding which is the basic requirement for really smooth handles. In flexible grinding, scissor handles are precision-ground with the help of a large number of grinding discs and belts, differing in shape, hardness and grinding agent. Different tools are required for the various curves in the scissors’ handles. The insides of the handles are processed by stringing them on a grinding belt. Then the belt is placed on a moving roller and the handles are processed by being turned and guided.

This is a technique requiring great skill and experience and used to be an accepted part of processing scissors of professional quality. Right up until the Seventies, flexible grinding was a skilled occupation in Britain. Our craftsmen still use this technique to deliver the best possible scissors and shears.