US chap sharpens paradigm-busting scissors
The biggest advance in cutting tech for 2,000 years
The list of what the Romans ever did for us is impressive indeed, and apparently includes taking time between building aqueducts and making wine to invent the pivoting scissors, in around 100AD.
What the Romans unforgivably didn't ever do, though, was crack just how to cut wire mesh with scissors without doing yourself some serious damage. Now, though, US inventor Shane Vermette reckons he has the solution in the form of Right Shears, desribed as "the most important innovation in scissor design in 2000 years!"
Here's Vermette's story:
My father-in-law and I were cutting metal mesh to cover a basement vent on his home to keep the critters out, common to homes here in California. It was a two person job: he held the metal apart while I hacked at it with a regular pair of snips, and the metal mesh in return hacked away at our hands! I had to get my hands out of the way of that metal mesh, and when the solution occurred to me, I knew it was something I had to build! So I drew some sketches and cut out some cardboard and made the first (rough) prototype of what would become Right Shears.
The rest is history, and Vermette has taken to Kickstarter to punt his vision of a hassle-free cutting world, hoping to raise $46k to get Right Shears into production.
If you fancy becoming part of the "what have the Californians ever done for us?" movement, a pair of Right Shears can be yours for a pledge of $15. Delivery is scheduled for October, assuming Vermette hits his campaign goal. ®