Who Invented Scissors?

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.