Q: How can you tell the
difference between LEFT-handed scissors and right-handed scissors??
Take a look at the scissors below. The pair on
are GENUINE left-handed scissors and the pair on the right are
Notice how they are a
MIRROR image of each other.
The easiest way I have found to quickly see whether the
scissors I am looking at are genuinely left-handed or not is to hold
them in both hands in front of me - as in the pictures above.
left hand will be holding the handle on the left side and my right hand
will be holding the handle on the right hand side. Then a
glance at the blades is all that is needed.
blade in my LEFT hand is sitting ON TOP of the other blade, then they
are genuine left-handed scissors
and they will cut perfectly for me! If the blade in my left
goes underneath the other blade - they are right handed scissors and
they won’t work well for me regardless of what the blurb on the
packaging might say about them supposedly being suitable for everyone
ra ra ra …….!!!
Q: Why is it essential to give a left-handed
child GENUINE left-handed scissors??
When young children first start to cut out shapes with
is a big step - and a frustrating step if you
can't do it and everyone
else can! A left-handed child using right-handed scissors will find
that they cannot see the
line they are trying to cut along and the paper tends to bend
between the blades rather than being cut cleanly.
blades of left-handed scissors are set so that, whichever way up they
are held, the left blade
is always uppermost, that is, it is ALWAYS ON
TOP. The blades are also biased so that the
cutting action of the left
hand pushes the blades
together, giving a smooth, clean cut as well as
a clear view of the
cutting line for the left-hander.
Providing your left-handed child with genuine
left-handed scissors at an early age will save your child from losing
confidence and self esteem - the natural progression of things arising
from feeling useless and clumsy compared to their right-handed
friends. The tragedy is that so many of these negative
and tears of frustration can
so easily be avoided!
Please be aware that some unscrupulous marketers and
manufacturers of scissors actually print on their packaging that their
scissors are suitable for use by both left-handers and right-handers -
they say these are “dual” or universal scissors that anyone can
use! Sure...….anyone can use them, but
cannot use them
equally well !!!
When manufacturers and marketers make this claim, all
they have actually done is shape the handles of the scissors so that
they feel comfortable for both right-handers and
left-handers! If you see these so-called “dual scissors” in
the shops, take a close look at them and don’t be taken in by this
marketing ploy! You will see that the blades are set for
right-handers!! Compare them with the scissors at the top of
this page and you’ll know straight away that they are in fact
It is technically
IMPOSSIBLE to make a pair of scissors that work equally
well for both lefties and righties because there would have to be a way
to REVERSE the blades!
Because these manufacturers have managed to
cause a fair amount of confusion in the market place, we consistently
refer to the scissors in our range as genuine left-handed
By “genuine left-handed scissors” we mean that:
- not only are the handles
specifically moulded to suit and be comfortable for the
- but the blades
have been reversed and
- the blades
are biased to complement the left-hand cutting motion.
- The left-hander does not have to jamb his thumb
knuckle into the handle as a means of squeezing the blades together to
get them to cut!
- For the left-hander, they cut perfectly without any
effort at all!
- And because the blades have been reversed, the
left-hander can see the cutting line clearly!
So now you know that whenever I talk to you or write about left-handed
scissors you can bet that I mean:
not the fake ones that don’t work
for us lefties!!