5o years ago Fiskars revolutionized the way the world saw scissors. Not only we’re the orange handled scissors lighter, more comfortable and easier to handle than heavy forged scissors, they also delivered an amazing leap in cutting performance. Since then, over a billion Fiskars scissors have been sold worldwide. Today, their scissors are loved worldwide for their superior cutting performance and legendary durability. They’ve even become part of the permanent collection at MoMA in New York. With over 1 billion scissors sold there comes a lot of stories and memories. I’m sure that a lot of you can remember the scissors from your childhood too.
I can clearly remember the orange Fiskars scissor from my own childhood. My mother always used this beloved scissor in the kitchen, for different crafts so as knitting and sewing. Since I moved into my own home I’ve of course my own orange scissors in different sizes for different activities so as knitting, sewing, cutting paper, wrapping gifts and in my kitchen. On my pictures I’ve been using this iconic scissor to cut flowers for a summer bouquet for my living room. The orange Fiskars Classic Universal scissor is part of my everyday life. There are no scissors who matches the cutting performance as this one has.
The orange colour has become the symbol of Fiskars and of the world’s first plastic – handled scissors. Both in the U.S. and in Finland the colour, Fiskars OrangeTM, is an officially registered trademark. In 1967 when the first basic models we’re about to be manufactured the designer wanted the scissors to be black, red or green. As the prototype went into production, the machinist decided to finish off the orange colour he had in his machine. The meant prototypes we’re made in four different colours, of which the orange and black we’re most popular. A choice he had to made. An internal vote was taken at Fiskars, and the result gave birth to Fiskars orange- handled scissors. Still Fiskars Classic Universal scissors is produced and tested by hand at the factory in Finland, a factory and a brand known for its high demand on quality and with a heritage back to 1967.