Scissors are widely used in our daily lives. They are essential instruments to perform many tasks and also useful to play a myriad of trades. We are so used to them that do not stop to ask how they appeared in the history of mankind.
The scissors were already used by our ancestors during the Bronze Age to cut animal skins and hair. They were C shaped and they had a spring. The instrument consisted of two steel blades with a single edge and it was bent into an arc shape. The two blades were joined in such a way that the cutting edges slide against each other and cut materials placed between them. Nowadays, there are bronze and iron remains of Egyptian, Greek and Roman origin, used to shear, cut hair, prune trees or make dresses.
During the Middle Ages, scissors emerged with the shape we know today. In the fifteenth century began to be manufactured in steel, a material that allowed the production of better cutting blades. However, it was in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries when craftsmen changed the shape of these utensils, lengthening and stylizing the blades and decorating their handles and finger holes. Over the years, the use of scissors has become widespread and, currently, we have a wide variety of shapes, all of them with the same purpose: cutting everything we need.
This delicate tool has always been on the table of clerks, notaries, scribes and chancellors; in sewing kits, in toilets and in a special place in many trades.