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Old 27th April 2012, 11:51 PM   #1
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Hi,
was watching an antiques programme on UK TV and this item appeared described as a unusual pair of scissors possibly of Damascus origin.
To me it looks like a 'concealed dagger' when closed, the finger 'loops' forming a functional handle.
Thinking that I had possibly seen 'weapon' in a utillitarian house hold object, I did a few searches to find out ........that these do exist ie scissor daggers

A few screen shots below, has anyone any more info ? who used these....women for protection ? assasins ? .....murderous Tailors

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Old 28th April 2012, 01:24 AM   #2
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Well, I have seen pictures of a couple of these scissor/daggers on-line (see pics), and some are still being manufactured in Asia for the tourist trade. Could a scissor be used to stab someone? Sure! However, I question these being intended to be used as a dagger - they seem like a rather inefficient weapon for stabbing despite having dagger-like blades. Just my 2 cents
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Old 28th April 2012, 07:18 AM   #3
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Hi David

I think these were used by calligraphers (scribes). For trimming paper.
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Old 28th April 2012, 02:21 PM   #4
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Hi Colin and Stan,
thanks for your input

I appreciate that 'any' scissors could be used as a weapon, and know that in several murder cases .......scissors were the weapon used. However, the example I've shown is an unusual 'configaration. The finger 'loops' , in a closed position form, a perfect hilt/handle. Although this does not mean that it is a weapon, it strongly suggest a double use. You could argue that the 'closed' position would make it more 'compact' for carrying purposes, but the positioning of the finger 'loops' make it more awkward to use as scissors and the advantage of a more 'compact' closed scissor 'gained' is not worthwhile

If the scissor/dagger does exist ...I believe this example is likely to be a 'real' one. Many of the other examples 'touted' as such ...just seem to be elongated, perhaps for a specific use ....tailor's scissors tend to be long, for instance, to give a more accurate cut for 'distance cutting.

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Old 28th April 2012, 05:45 PM   #5
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Hi Colin and Stan,
thanks for your input

I appreciate that 'any' scissors could be used as a weapon, and know that in several murder cases .......scissors were the weapon used. However, the example I've shown is an unusual 'configaration. The finger 'loops' , in a closed position form, a perfect hilt/handle. Although this does not mean that it is a weapon, it strongly suggest a double use. You could argue that the 'closed' position would make it more 'compact' for carrying purposes, but the positioning of the finger 'loops' make it more awkward to use as scissors and the advantage of a more 'compact' closed scissor 'gained' is not worthwhile

If the scissor/dagger does exist ...I believe this example is likely to be a 'real' one. Many of the other examples 'touted' as such ...just seem to be elongated, perhaps for a specific use ....tailor's scissors tend to be long, for instance, to give a more accurate cut for 'distance cutting.

All the best
David



Salaams Katana ~ These are caligraphy scissors not tailors and I suggest not as a weapon~ Very nice and well collectable.. Other items that go with it are the brass penholder?inkwell, pen rest, and penknife (for sharpening bamboo sticks as pens and quils. Beautiful scissors like these inlaid with gold for the highly specialised art of caligraphy.
In respect of the idea of scissor daggers I am trying to find a reference but no luck just yet... searching.
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Old 29th April 2012, 12:54 AM   #6
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Salaams Ibrahiim,
I too cannot find a definative reference to scissor daggers being a genuine weapon. I do find that references refer mainly to Ottoman or Persian examples. Both civilisations were subject to subtifugue and assasination...perhaps there are a few genuine examples used by an assassin or perhaps as personel protection
There are so called reproductions of 14th Century European scissor daggers but cannot find an original version

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Old 29th April 2012, 02:49 AM   #7
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OVER THE YEARS I HAVE SEEN SISSOR DAGGERS FOR SALE BUT NEVER HAD ONE. SOME WERE SAID TO LOOK LIKE SISSORS BUT DID NOT OPEN AND WERE A DOUBBLE EDGED BLADE. THEY HAVE ALWAYS BEEN SAID TO COME FROM PERSIA OR MOGUL SOURCES.
I SUSPECT ANY THING OPENING LIKE A SISSORS AND HAVING NO EDGE TO THE OUTSIDE IS A SISSOR SOMETHING WITH A SOLID BLADE AND EDGES A TRUE DAGGER. PERHAPS SOMEONE HAS HANDLED ONE? IN DANGEROUS TIMES PERHAPS SOMETHING LIKE THIS WAS MADE AS A CONCEALED WEAPON.
SMALL PICTURE SAID TO HAVE BEEN MOGUL SISSOR DAGGER. OTHER ONE HAS TEXT.
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