When was the scissors invented?
Scissors have become an indispensable tool in people’s daily production and life. Tailors need to cut cloth and threads, village women need to cut paper and metal skins, herders need to cut wool, gardeners need to cut branches, coppersmiths need scissors.
Scissors are not amazing, but they are versatile. When tools such as knives and shovel do not work well, shears can be easily solved. So how was the scissors invented? When was it invented? Who invented it?
As a daily necessities, scissors have a long history in China. This can be learned from the poem “Whoever cuts out the thin leaves” in the poetry He Zhizhang of the Tang Dynasty in “Waning the Willow,” the spring breeze in February is like scissors. The long-standing folk art of paper-cutting also proves the long history of scissors in China. The pictographic meaning of the Chinese character “cut” is “there is a knife in front of the knife”. The ancients also called the scissors “dragon knife”, which shows its importance in life. The earliest surviving scissors in China were discovered in Luoyang.
Recently I had the opportunity to visit the famous Tomb Museum in Luoyang again, where I saw this pair of scissors unearthed from the ancient tomb of the Western Han Dynasty. It has been more than 2,100 years ago.