Scissor anatomy



  1. Finger ring - this is the place where you put your finger. Scissors have a 'finger ring' and a 'thumb ring'.
  2. Shaft - attaches the finger rings to the pivot. Sometimes these can be smooth or molded.
  3. Pivot Screw - holds the two scissors together.
  4. Inner Blade - this is the side of the blades that face each other. Most scissors have hollow ground inner blades.
  5. Blade - the sharp part of the shears. Edges are either convex (Japanese style) or beveled (German style).
  6. Ride Line - this is the smooth shiny line along the edge of the inner blade.
  7. Point or Tip - this is where both blades meet when the scissor is closed against it's stopper.
  8. Spine - the thickest part of the blade, usually opposite the cutting edge but may be down the center of the blade in sword edge shears.
  9. Outer Blade - the side of the blade that shapes the scissors edge.
  10. Insert Rings - a plastic or rubber ring that fits inside the finger and thumb rings to make the holes smaller to custom fit a hand.
  11. Stopper - a rubber or plastic insert that allows the scissor to close at the tip in the correct position.
  12. Half Moon - this area is behind the pivot and is a smooth area where the blades move over each other.
  13. Logo - indicates who made the shear and often includes model identification, size and steel used.
  14. Finger Rest or Tang - the place where the pinky finger rests. Tangs are either fixed or removable if present at all.