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13″ Heritage Tailor Shears

Ernest Wright 13" Heritage Tailor Shears

£ 550.00

Out of stock


This model is currently out of stock. It is not available on backorder, as we have not yet started the process of producing a batch of this particular model. As soon as we have a good estimate on the schedule for a new batch, we will switch the status of this model to "Back-order" or even to "In Stock".


The 13″ Heritage Tailor Shears place the standards and wisdom of the past into the hands of tailors today.

During our search for old patterns, we happened upon a very old model of tailor shears, complete with the original Die and Tooling. We wanted to bring this model back to life in the best possible way, with some sensitive technical enhancements. We have forged a limited run of blanks for the 13″ Heritage Shears in C60 carbon steel – a uniquely high grade for such large shears, which makes them supremely sharp and tough for perfect performance. And to help the tailor’s work run smoothly, we remade the screw and bolts so that the shears can rest securely between cuts.

Despite their great size, these shears are relatively easy to open to their full extent, even for users with small(er) hands, owing to their raised top blade.

Please note that we can only make a very few pairs of these shears per month, due to the wealth of time it takes to craft them flawlessly.


Type: Tailor Shears
Use: Tailors and craftsmen, cutting fabric
Total length: 13″ / 33.65 cm
Blade length: 6,9″ / 17.50 cm
Weight: 1,000 g
Material: Hot Drop forged high quality C60 carbon steel,
long-life precision edge retention
Finish: Hand polished
Packaging: Leather holster

Using a pair of tailors’ shears

The first time people use a large pair of tailors’ shears like this upcoming Ernest Wright model, they often express surprise at the size and weight of the shears. These big, hefty tools are a far cry from scissors and shears made for general household use.

If you’ve ever picked up a pair of these shears and suddenly questioned the strength of your arm, don’t worry. Tailors’ shears are not made to be held aloft during use, like a pair of dressmakers’ shears. Instead, they are designed to be rested on a table while they work.

Using a pair of tailors’ shears correctly is a question of technique, not strength. One of the most important requirements – after using a table – is to make use of the notch under the bottom bow. By placing your forefinger firmly into this notch, you will pull your thumb towards its correct position around the upper bow. This creates the right grip for producing powerful, controlled cuts.

While the index finger sits in its notch, the other three fingers should be placed through the bottom bow of the shears. This gives a high level of sensitivity to the feel of the material being cut, which can help you to work accurately and efficiently.

Another feature of tailors’ shears that should be used to full effect is the lug, which can be seen towards the bottom of the bottom bow. In most cases where you’re using a pair of tailors’ shears, only your forefinger and the bottom blade of the shears will make contact with the table. However, when you’re cutting a particularly tough fabric, you can rest the lug against the table, which makes it possible to press down with more of your bodyweight, without losing control of the cut.

There are good reasons why professional-quality tailors’ shears are made big and heavy. Their large size improves the shears’ stability, and helps the tailor to make long, straight cuts. Meanwhile, the weight of the top blade helps the user to cut down with minimal effort. Across thousands or even millions of cuts, these gains can add up to an indispensable advantage for the tailor.