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Tools of the Trade => The Haberdashery => Topic started by: BrendaP on February 07, 2019, 17:23:17 PM

Title: Ernest Wright scissors in Production again.
Post by: BrendaP on February 07, 2019, 17:23:17 PM
I've just opened an email from the new owners  0_0
Limited range at present but they are on the way back.
https://www.ernestwright.co.uk/ (https://www.ernestwright.co.uk/)
Title: Re: Ernest Wright scissors in Production again.
Post by: Francesca on February 07, 2019, 17:31:37 PM
Woohoo!  I have really wanted to buy a pair of their embroidery scissors for a while, to replace my inferior chinese version.
Title: Re: Ernest Wright scissors in Production again.
Post by: Sewingsue on February 07, 2019, 17:48:35 PM
Just signed up for the newsletter. I do hope they can keep the business going.
Title: Re: Ernest Wright scissors in Production again.
Post by: Lollipop on February 07, 2019, 21:25:33 PM
Good news, I hope their range increases and they keep flying the flag for Sheffield. :snip:
Title: Re: Ernest Wright scissors in Production again.
Post by: crafter on February 07, 2019, 23:07:19 PM
I am so pleased that this company is up and running again.  There is no way though that I could justify £185 or a pair of scissors  I could ask for them as a Christmas or Birthday present I suppose, but it was hard enough to get my son to buy pair of duck billed scissors a few years ago.  He just couldn't understand it.
Title: Re: Ernest Wright scissors in Production again.
Post by: BrendaP on February 07, 2019, 23:20:22 PM
The stork embroidery scissors are £30 which is, I think, about the same as they were two or three years ago.  Interesting that they were originally designed for cutting the umbilical cord.
Title: Re: Ernest Wright scissors in Production again.
Post by: crafter on February 07, 2019, 23:40:36 PM
The stork embroidery scissors are £30 which is, I think, about the same as they were two or three years ago.  Interesting that they were originally designed for cutting the umbilical cord.

Knowing what they go for as 'antiques' at auctions, they are probably an investment.
Title: Re: Ernest Wright scissors in Production again.
Post by: Francesca on February 08, 2019, 09:03:25 AM
Considering I have said scissor design tattooed on myself I probably should get a better pair.
Title: Re: Ernest Wright scissors in Production again.
Post by: Iminei on February 08, 2019, 09:06:31 AM
Excellent, subscribed to their newsletter! Thank you for this info Brenda
Title: Re: Ernest Wright scissors in Production again.
Post by: Ellabella on February 08, 2019, 10:08:46 AM
The stork embroidery scissors are £30 which is, I think, about the same as they were two or three years ago.  Interesting that they were originally designed for cutting the umbilical cord.

Thanks @BrendaP I always wondered about the stork, now I know.
Title: Re: Ernest Wright scissors in Production again.
Post by: Seweasy on February 08, 2019, 17:57:45 PM
I too received the email and can say Im so happy that Ernest Wright have found the right buyer, that will enable Ernest Wright to bounce back....as their website displays, The Brand Lives On.....whoo hoo... 0_0  0_0
Title: Re: Ernest Wright scissors in Production again.
Post by: HenriettaMaria on February 09, 2019, 13:10:27 PM
As a contributor to the abortive Kickstarter campaign I received an email from them a while back telling me that it had been purchased (by a couple of the Kickstarter contributors, who did not want to see the name lost forever) but that none of the KS donations would be honoured.  While I understand that the KS punt was a gamble, I thought that the very least they could have done was to offer a percentage discount on the purchase of one of the new line of products, to show appreciation.  Ah, well, at least the craftsmen are back in a job.
Title: Re: Ernest Wright scissors in Production again.
Post by: Fiona M on February 09, 2019, 14:48:11 PM
As a contributor to the abortive Kickstarter campaign I received an email from them a while back telling me that it had been purchased (by a couple of the Kickstarter contributors, who did not want to see the name lost forever) but that none of the KS donations would be honoured.  While I understand that the KS punt was a gamble, I thought that the very least they could have done was to offer a percentage discount on the purchase of one of the new line of products, to show appreciation.  Ah, well, at least the craftsmen are back in a job.
I was a KS contributor too.  Reading the information provided in the last update though, it seems the company was in very, very poor shape, equipment not maintained, factory not meeting basic H&S standards etc.  I'm guessing the two chaps who bought the brand did not realise how much time it was going to take, or the amount of capital they would have to inject, to get things up and running to standard, and probably couldn't afford to offer the KS people much even if they wanted to.
Great news for the company and employees though.  I hope they prosper.
Title: Re: Ernest Wright scissors in Production again.
Post by: Barcoded on February 15, 2019, 23:45:15 PM
They have changed the name though, ‘hand made scissor ltd’ that doesn’t quite have the historical aspect 
Title: Re: Ernest Wright scissors in Production again.
Post by: Marniesews on February 26, 2019, 19:01:01 PM
All the public facing promotion and website has retained the name Ernest Wright so the product and business will still be called that by customers. They have registered the names 'Ernest Wright' and 'Kutrite' as their trade marks.

Must admit the pair I've just asked for are Gingher though.
Title: Re: Ernest Wright scissors in Production again.
Post by: Seweasy on March 12, 2019, 04:25:31 AM
LONG POST ALERT  |O

As some of you know, I purchased a pair of 10 inch side bent scissors about four years ago, from Ernest Wright. I've only used them twice/ three times during this time however, as they have always been very stiff to open and close after cutting into any fabric 'a few times'.  So not really wanting to make a fuss and knowing all the troubles and past problems Ernest Wright has had, I decided to put them aside and 'forgot about them', thinking in time with maybe the 'occasional use' they would 'loosen up', however each time I used them, the same problem ensued - after a few cuts, the scissors just became to stiff to use ....so over time my scissors simply became 'forgotten'...  :'(

Anyway, this week I had tidy up in my sewing space and I discovered these beautiful engineered scissors again and decided to give them another try at cutting fabric.....however, sadly again the same problem occurred.  Then I remembered I'd received an email a few weeks ago, from Ernest Wright saying they were now back in business again. So not knowing what to expect, I decided to contact Ernest Wright regarding my problem....and Paul, whom I have been chatting to regularly, replied promptly and with upmost professionalism every time, he suggested I return the scissors  for a further examination, either by post or in person, as it seemed something definitely wasn't right.....and after arranging  with him beforehand, that is what I and my hubby have done today and made the trip to Sheffield.

I met Pam, a lovely lady who clearly has Ernest Wrights best interests at heart and again was very pleasant and happy to see that my scissors were put right. I have to say, after trying out my scissors for herself, Pam wasted no time in agreeing with me, 'something wasn't right with my scissors' and set off to bring in Cliff who also 'assessed the scissors'.

So, whilst Pam, myself and my hubby chatted, together.... Cliff, opened and closed my scissors, gave them a once over, with his expert eye..... and then with a 'look on his face, that only a man with the many years of experience and knowledge that Cliff has'.....he disappeared.. and brought in Peter, who both immediately began to discuss the scissors ... (Peter is another lovely man and is part of the team that make up the new owners of Ernest Wright), Peter is learning 'the ropes' from 'Cliff) and both men today proved to me, that  they both 'clearly know their stuff'' and whilst Cliff is truly one of the best in his trade, Peter is learning the trade from Cliff, very well. They both went off and returned a while later, handed me my scissors and said to me, 'try these again'..... My scissors are now the best they have ever been and cut as precisely as they ever did before, but the action of opening and closing is so much smoother and fluent.

The problem Cliff told me, was that they had been fitted originally with two holding springs, .....Cliff removed one and reshaped the edge, making adjustments as he found necessary..... they are now absolutely perfect and a joy to use, once more I look forward to many years of use with them.

So, if you are thinking of buying a pair of Ernest Wright scissors, be assured that you really are getting the best in hand made precision and if like me, you do happen to find a problem with your scissors, be also assured that Ernest Wright will do their best to put things right., with no qualms or quarrels....
Title: Re: Ernest Wright scissors in Production again.
Post by: Fiona M on March 12, 2019, 11:28:31 AM
Really nice to hear!