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Paper Hanger 12″

Ernest Wright 12" Paper craft scissors


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.


Paperhanging is the art of hanging wallpaper. This trade has been practiced masterfully by British paper hangers for centuries – you’ll see their work everywhere from stately homes with hand-painted chinoiserie wallpaper, to contemporary small businesses with bespoke interiors.

Made from 1980s blanks, our Paper Hanger scissors will help professional and enthusiast paperhangers cut wallpaper clean and true.

The blades are long and straight, and they produce long, straight cuts to match. This is particularly important in paperhanging, where sections of wallpaper must be cut to perfectly fit the wall, and patterns on the wallpaper need to be matched accurately between sections of wallpaper. The blades of these scissors will lie flush on the surface of a trestle table – an essential attribute for paperhanging.

More than just a wallpaper scissor, the 12″ Paper Hanger can be used for all sorts of paper crafts, from collage to garland-making. The scissors’ precisely tensioned blades cut cleanly along their full length, without chewing or crumpling the paper.


Type: Paper craft scissors / Paperhangers / Crafts
Use: Decorators, artisan, creative craft, cutting paper / wallpaper, paper craft
Total length: 12″ / 30.48 cm
Blade length: 6.7″ / 17.0 cm
Weight: 315 g
Material: Hot drop forged high quality carbon steel,
for long-life precision edge retention
Finish: Hand polished
Packaging: Handmade leather pouch

Ernest Wright 12" Paper craft scissors
Ernest Wright Paper craft scissors
Ernest Wright Paper craft scissors


Once Paper craft 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.