Who Invented the First Pair of Scissors?

It is not known who first invented scissors. Scissors are estimated to have been invented about 1500 B.C. in ancient Egypt. The first scissors were the spring scissor type and were made of a single piece of metal with blades that were connected by a flexible metal strip.

Early scissors were used in Europe until the 16th century. The other type of scissors, known as pivoted scissors, were invented by the Romans around 100 A.D. Pivoted scissors are made of two cross blades that pivot somewhere between the tip and handles; these are the scissors that are most commonly used in modern times.