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General Purpose 6.5″

Ernest Wright General Purpose scissors

£ 66.00

Availability: 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.


The General Purpose Scissors are a decades-old pattern, cut from a batch of recovered blanks in 2020 by Ernest Wright. They are an ideal companion for working with textiles, or for all-purpose domestic use. Dressmakers and tailors will appreciate these scissors’ sharp, precise points, which are perfect for trimming fabric and unpicking threads.

Their neat profile, keen blades and smooth bows make the General Purpose Scissors a joy to use around the house, whether they are needed to cut paper, card, tape, fabric, or whatever else lands on your desk.


Type: General purpose scissors / Household
Use: Cutting fabric or paper
Total length: 6.5″ / 16.51 cm
Blade length: 3″ / 7.62 cm
Weight: 111 g
Material: Drop forged high quality stainless steel,
for long-life precision edge retention
Finish: Hand polished
Packaging: Handmade leather pouch

Ernest Wright General Purpose scissors
Ernest Wright General Purpose scissors
Ernest Wright General Purpose scissors


Once general purpose 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.