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8″ Dressmaker shears

Ernest Wright 8" Dressmaker Shear


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 8″ Dressmakers are of high quality and easy to use. A versatile scissor, they are perfect for cutting through textiles and tough fabric (canvas, rope, carpet, rubber), making them fit for both professional and daily tasks. Lightweight and capable, the 4″ carbon steel blades will never let you down. Hot forged and hand made in Sheffield, by craftsmen with traditional techniques. A mirror finish makes these shears the most beautiful tool you’ve ever owned.


Type: Dressmaker / Tailor
Use: Tailors and dressmakers, cutting fabric
Total length: 8″ / 20.3 cm
Blade length: 3.5″ / 9 cm
Weight: 175 g
Material: Drop forged high quality carbon steel,
for long-life precision edge retention
Finish: Hand polished
Packaging: High Quality presentation box

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