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Scissors are used for sewing, in the kitchen, and for paper.

Scissors are a tool used for cutting thin material like:

Knives are better than scissors for some uses. Unlike a knife, scissors have two sharp edges. Some types of scissors, like children's scissors, are not very sharp. Children's scissors are often protected with plastic. These are called "Safety Scissors".

Scissors can be made for left-handed or right-handed people. Using scissors made for the wrong hand is very hard for most people.

There are many kinds of scissors used for cutting different materials and shapes.

Specialized scissors

Among specialized scissors and shears used for different purposes are:

Gardening, agriculture and animal husbandry

Type Image Description/purpose
Hedge trimmers Taille haie.jpg for trimming hedges
Grass shears Gardena-Grasschere klassisch.jpg for trimming grass
Averruncators Averruncator.png for trimming high branches
Pruning shears or secateurs Secateur ouvert.jpg for trimming small branches
Loppers Astschere.jpg for cutting through large branches
Blade shears BladeShears.jpg for cutting an animal's fleece to harvest wool

Food and drug

Type Image Description/purpose
Kitchen scissors or kitchen shears Kitchen-Scissors.jpg For food preparation, but often used for a variety of other purposes. Today, kitchen scissors are usually made from stainless steel for food hygiene and oxidization-resistance reasons. They often have kitchen functionality (other than cutting) incorporated, such as bottle-cap, to fish scale, to crack nuts and bottle-openers built into the handles.
Poultry shears to cut poultry
Cigar cutter Cigar cutter.JPG specialized scissors with concave blade edges to cut cigars


Type Image Description/purpose
Hair-cutting shears Hair Cutting Scissors.jpg for trimming hair
Thinning shears Modellierschere.jpg for thinning thick hair to avoid a bushy look
Hair clippers Manual hair clippers.JPG for cutting hair by barbers, hairdressers, and pet groomers
Nail scissors Nagelschere.jpg for cutting finger- and toenails
Moustache scissors for trimming moustaches
Nose scissors small scissors for nostril hair, blunt-ended to protect the sensitive interior of the nose


Type Image Description/purpose
Snips Combination snips.png for cutting through sheet metal.
Tin, or tinner, snips
Compound action snips
Pipe and duct snips
Hydraulic cutters Extrication cutter 1.jpg for cutting heavy sheet metal, often in traffic collisions. Sometimes referred to by the genericized trademark "Jaws of Life".
Throatless shears ThroatlessShear.jpg for cutting complex shapes in sheet metal


Type Image Description/purpose
Trauma shears, or "tuff cuts" Aa trauma shears.jpg for use in emergency medical response and rescue should it be necessary to cut off clothing. The rounded tips are designed to slide across the patient's skin without causing injury.
Dissection scissors for cutting flesh in dissection
Surgical scissors Surgical instruments3.JPG for cutting flesh in surgery
Iris scissors for ophthalmic surgery
Metzenbaum scissors for delicate surgery
Tenotomy scissors for delicate surgery
Mayo scissors often for cutting fascia
Bandage scissors for cutting bandages


Type Image Description/purpose
Ceremonial scissors Joshua Kent, with the help of Col. Jay Silveria cut the ribbon and Carlos Mencia Kid Rock and Jessie James cut the ribbon to open new fitness stations at RAF Lakenheath.jpg giant scissors used for ceremonial ribbon-cutting events

Sewing and clothes-making

Type Image Description/purpose
All purpose, or Crafting scissors Lerche 4007 scissors.jpg With long blades and pointy tips, designed to cut long, straight, smooth cuts in a variety of materials, as well as to get into small areas with the tips. In sewing applications they are primarily used for non-fabric cutting applications, such as cutting out paper patterns.
Applique scissors An offset handle and paddle-shaped blade pushes away the bottom layer of fabric for controlled cuts close the stitching. Designed to cut/trim close to the fabric while protecting it from damage, and used for applique work and rug making.
Button hole scissors Forbici da occhielli.jpg Adjustable, short-bladed, heavy-duty scissors for opening button holes.
Dress-makers shears Dressmaker's shears have a long blade (typically 7–10"), to facilitate cutting out fabric. Blades are tapered, with one pointed and one rounded tip; the blunt tip prevents fabric from snagging on seams and threads. Blades have a "knife edge": the top blade is set at an acute angle which allows them to cut through fabric easier than scissors. More heavy-duty than general scissors, the bottom blade sits flush on the table- making it easier to cut accurately through fabric.
Embroidery snips Small scissors without loopholes for the fingers, which have a fine pointy tip, designed to get close to the fabric without damaging it. These snips feature a curved blade, to facilitate getting as close as possible to the base of a thread without damaging the garment.
Pinking shears Zackenschere.jpg for cutting cloth and producing a serrated edge so that the fabric does not fray.
Sewing chatelaine scissors Chatelaine is a French term meaning "mistress of a castle, chateau or stately home", and dates back to the Middle Ages. It refers to an ornamental clasp or hook from which chains were hung from the waist, holding perhaps, a purse, watch, keys, scissors or thimble case. The sewing chatelaine became a popular ornamental appendage worn by Victorian ladies at their waist, but disappeared when fashion changed and skirts were no longer full and long. Sewing chatelaines are now produced and worn as pendants around the neck.
Tailor's scissors Schere 18-19 Jh.jpg Designed to cut through heavy-duty materials like leather or multiple layers of fabric. Generally shorter in length (5″ blades are typical), with thicker blades that feature precision-ground knife-edges which cut all the way to the tip.

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