Although scissors are popularly thought to have been one of Leonardo da Vinci's inventions, earlier examples of the device have been dated to between 3000 and 4000 years ago. While a single original inventor is not known, the earliest scissors are attributed to people of the Middle East.
Ancient Egyptian scissors were made of bronze and incorporated a spring-like mechanism that kept the blades apart until squeezed together.
The modern pivoted or cross-blade scissors are thought to have been a Roman invention, appearing around 100 A.D. Like the Ancient Egyptian scissors, these were also commonly made of bronze or iron. This pivoted design was adapted for mass-production in 1761 by the Sheffield, England-based manufacturer, Robert Hinchliffe.