This section includes scissors with assistive features. They are suitable for adults, children or both.
Kitchen and household scissors can be used either for cutting food, crafts such as cutting paper, dressmaking and embroidery, or household tasks like opening tray packaging. Included are scissors with soft touch and/or enhanced grip, long loop or extended loop scissors, self-opening scissors and scissors for left-handed use. Most are available in rounded (which are safer) or pointed blades (which are sharper).
Children's scissors including self-opening, left handed, training and/or scissors with large handles.
Roller cutters and battery powered scissors are designed primarily for craft materials such as paper or leather, others are suitable for cutting fabric or layers of materials such as those used in quilting.
Table top scissors have a small stand (often with a slip-resistant base) and are operated by pushing down to depress the handle. They can be used with one hand only and may be useful if you have tremor or difficulty with fine movements. Many table top scissors can be changed from handheld to table top use as the scissors slide in/out of a separate base. Table top scissors are self-opening with a spring which automatically reopens the scissors after each cut or when pressure is released. They can be operated with the whole hand, not just the fingers, making them a possible choice if you have a thumb injury or reduced grip.
If you know that there is a certain product that will help you, feel free to browse through our online catalogue or use our search tool for specific product names. National retailers are listed against each product and you can click on their link to go directly to their website to order that product or contact the retailer for more information. Don't forget to tell them you found their information on our site.
If you are unsure about what you need why not try our AskSARA tool to narrow down your search by considering what areas of daily living you need help with.
If you would prefer to speak to someone for advice about daily living equipment, please contact our Helpline on 0300 999 0004.
Our experienced advisors will help you find the solution to your problem and can send you information on products that might help you, where you can buy equipment and other useful organisations that might be able to help you.
You can also post a question on the Youreable forum. it’s free to join the forum and the community is supportive and knowledgeable. The forum is an online community of and for disabled and older people and their families/carers.