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Re: pinking

Post by Erik_Kowal » Wed Apr 02, 2014 6:51 am

Though shears tend to be larger than scissors, size isn't an essential defining characteristic of them. Function can also be relevant. See and for a more detailed overview.

Re: pinking

Post by Wizard of Oz » Fri Apr 04, 2014 11:36 am

.. the smaller scissor size pinking shears is a recent development .. pinking shears were always much longer and heavier than scissors .. this change in available sizes has to do with craft use and not, as originally used for, dressmaking use .. an advertisement for Wiss shears & scissors shows the sizes, in 1951, as being >> sewing scissors, 5 inches; embroidery scissors, 3.5 inches; dressmakers' shears, 7 inches; pinking shears, 9 inches .. by 1975 further pinking shears sizes had been added, 7.5 inches, but they still remained longer and heavier than the scissors where the longest size was 6 inches .. the small pinking shears that you have probably seen are specifically designed for cutting fancy patterns on the edge of paper and card and have become freely available in the last decade .. they are for modern day craft use .. besides length and weight the noticeable difference is in the finger holes .. scissors have symmetrical round holes for thumb one side and one finger on the other side .. shears will have one round hole, thumb, and one elongated hole that may allow up to 3 fingers to be inserted ..

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