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Due to social distancing, our production capacity is lower than normal. As such, we are producing a reduced range of scissors and shears, and unfortunately, the product you are viewing is not currently being made. We will resume producing our full range of products as soon as we can. Until then, thank you for your patience and understanding.


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. They can also be used to cut card and paper for general craft use.

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.

These 12″ Paper Hanger scissors are best suited to users with large or medium hands. Users with smaller hands should also consider our 10″ Paper Hanger scissors, which are lighter, have tighter bows and are also of a suitable length for paperhanging work.


Type: Paperhangers / Crafts
Use: Decorators, artisan, creative craft, cutting paper / wallpaper
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



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.


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