A Chest, Full of Metals



Americans of a certain age will remember this guy. Mark Spitz won an unprecedented 7 gold medals at the 1972 Olympics. And showed them off nicely!

I’ve never won an Olympic medal of any color. But I am a medalist in my own right. Or should I say a metalist?

I have a chestful of my own metals, more precious to me, not to mention more useful, than Mark’s. (And I’m wearing a shirt. You’re welcome.)


I’ve been thinking for a while about collecting every pair of scissors in the house, just for chuckles. Like most of you, I probably have more than I need and, in spite of that, I seem never to find a pair when and where I need them.

I have taken to wearing a small pair around my neck and have many of them on handwoven ribbons. They are sharp and pointy and it still took me too long this winter to figure out why all my knit shirts had a hole in the middle of the front . . . 

A friend solved my problem with a length of tubing that I cut to fit every single pair of the small scissors!

So, in all, in one household of two people, we have at least 27 pairs of scissors.

We have the kind-of-crappy-yet-useful scissors with the plastic handles of many colors.


We have the “good” scissors, the kind my mother used to threaten us kids never to use on anything but fabric.


And we have my favorite small scissors, all pretty and many of them “good,” with a nice representation of storks.


If I count right, that’s 27. Then there are the ones that turned up as soon as I finished taking the photos, and the ones that will turn up tomorrow . . .

And, as evidence that great minds really do think alike, Margaret recently posted about her collection of scissors—her collection is impressive!

Are you sitting there thinking, “I could top that!”? Go ahead. Write your own post and prove it!


76 thoughts on “A Chest, Full of Metals

  1. I am lucky – have an abundance of scissors, and hubby make me a leather cover for the stork scissors so I would not hurt myself when I wear them around my neck! Neat post!

  2. I am still laughing at this wonderful post! Thank you for the shirt:)❤️. I am sew going to have to collect my scissors and see where I stand on the medal block. I don’t think I have 27 pairs though… unless maybe I count rotary cutters as well😊😐 lol!

  3. This Margaret does not have an impressive collection of scissors. Certainly not sharp ones. But I do remember Mark Spitz, and I am neither sporty nor American. Which is a start.

  4. Oh, no! I could never top that. And, yes, a nifty trick with those pointed scissors. What a fun post!

      • No, not writing pens. I would have to say books. Almost every room in our house has books, and the bookshelves are full, full, full. And still I want more. 😉

  5. Holy moly…what a collection! I think I have only about 5 and one of those is good cutting hair. I don’t think I’d want to wear them around my neck, though (unless they had rounded tips). I’m sure I would impale myself or do bodily damage to my cat. Not a good thing.

    • I *do* worry whenever I scoop up one of the cats! That’s part of the reason I like using the tubing on the points–to protect them more than me.

  6. lol, you made me laugh! I do remember that photo of Mark Spitz. And that is a LOVELY shirt you are wearing. Thank you. 🙂

    I was reading this post thinking that I haven’t got that many scissors. I have NONE of the pretty little stork ones, but I do have the “fabric only on penalty of death left-handed dressmaking and pinking shears.” And I have lots of the plastic handled variety – a pair in the kitchen, a pair by my chair for knitting, a pair in the bedroom, and one in the bathroom. Plus some haircutting scissors in the bathroom for trims. And there are a few pairs of the plastic handled ones in the office. Not so bad.

    Then I remembered the craft room. Not only the treasured left handed sewing shears, but all the paper crafting scissors, with which one CAN cut paper. There are the little detail scissors, and the canister of shape cutting scissors.

    I do have a lot of scissors, don’t I?

    And NONE of mine are cute and pretty like yours, and I do not have pretty handwoven ribbons to wear them around my neck! So you clearly win the medal for best scissors collection. 🙂

    • Here’s how you get pretty, small scissors. Get one of those ubiquitous 50% off coupons from Michaels crafts and find their section of quality scissors. I got my silver stork scissors there and both pairs of larger Gingher scissors. I bought a different pair every week until I had what I needed, and got them all for 50% off. BUT it doesn’t sound like you need more scissors, any more than I do!

      • Lol that sounds like a good plan! I don’t need more scissors except those little stork ones. I think I need some of those. 😉. We don’t have Michael’s nearby, but we do have JoAnn, and they send me coupons all the time. I will check them oit on the scissors front!

  7. I consider myself to be an owner of many scissors, but cannot stand alongside you on the podium! Currently I have three pair sitting on a shelf just inside my art room because they have been taken from containers that had more than necessary jostling for position and I thought it time to do a little culling. I feel that any more than two pair of scissors in any one container is over kill. But it is important to have all kinds of cutters isn’t it and I do often consider purchasing more just because they are pretty, or finer, or sharper or non-sticky bladed or bigger or smaller than I already have…… I am going to make myself a doll etui especially for showing off my pretty scissors just as soon as I finish all the current blankets on the hook.

    • I really bet, if you went searching, you’d find as many pairs as I did. Buying new ones is very tempting–there are pairs with pretty flowered handles now. You just know they are being marketed to people like us!

  8. What a fun post! Would never have thought that something on scissors would be interesting, lol. But when you open up with that groovy photo of Mark, well, only good things can happen 😉 The stork scissors are fantastic. So pretty. And that’s absolutely it – 27 pairs of scissors but you can never find a pair when you need them. Yep.

  9. Your scissors collection leaves mine in the dust, and I don’t have those lovely linens to display my battered collection on. My excuse is that I need left handed ones. And to think I once thought that mustache was sexy.

    • Mark Spitz was quite the hottie back then. Now I think he looks a little creepy–times change, tastes change. Left-handed scissors! Are they hard to find?

  10. I’m not even close although I do have the same kind of scissors only ever used on fabric even though I haven’t sewed (sewn?) a stitch in over 25 years.

    • I think we all learned that lesson about the “good” scissors at our mother’s knees. And I think I have so many scissors because I am lazy and never want to have to get up and go looking . . .

    • Those plastic handled ones are unlovely but so useful! I don’t worry about leaving a pair out in the garden or in the car. And the “good” ones just feel nice in my hand.

  11. I don’t think I want to know how many scissors I have! I think there may be an entire box of those fancy edge making ones somewhere! Loved this post, and chuckled about the hole in the middle of your knit shirt!

  12. That’s quite a collection! I think I can muster a dozen pairs of scissors, including the fabric scissors which must never touch paper, and the paper scissors which must never touch fabric. Didn’t we all listen well to our mothers’ instructions! My latest acquisition is a wonderful pair of scissors for cutting tetrapaks and plastic bottles https://www.amazon.com/Style-Blade-Multi-purpose-Scissors-Shears/dp/B00GCADCJS Also useful for other things.

    • We did listen to our mothers, and then we became them! Those scissors you got look very practical–that plastic packaging is so tough to handle!

      • Oh, and my mother said I was never to run with a pair of scissors in my hand. And I was never to touch the sharp scissors in the sewing tin, but I did touch them and use them and ended up with a deep gash in my thigh. I listened to mother after that!

  13. My goodness, Mark Spitz – that took me back a bit! 😂 As for scissors – I can’t come anywhere close to your collection. But I have enough for my needs so I’m happy. I do love those beautiful special pairs. They look exquisite 🙂

  14. This post has made my day. Last week when I went to find my favourite and ‘best’ pair of dressmaking shears they were nowhere to be found. After much searching I concluded that I would need to replace them. The new pair were nothing like as good as my old favourites but they did the job and I was able to finish my sewing. Just as I was putting everything away, I found my old pair looking all smug and pleased sitting in the drawer exactly where they always lived!! I cannot for the life of me understand where they went or how they got back there, and it is a shame to have forked out on another pair. But mostly I am just glad to have back my favourites, so there was no question but to forgive them for going awol!! 🙂

    • Thanks, Sheryl! And, honestly, I never thought I’d come up with that many. I bet, if you went on a scissors hunt, you’d be surprised . . .

  15. I have scissor envy! This post brought back the delight I had as a child in my mother’s pinking shears. I loved to use them–the magical little mountain range they made–and I loved the name–it just rolled off the tongue and evoked a different time and place. I have always been curious about where the term “pinking” came from. After reading your post, I looked it up. My favorite theory is that it derived from the similarity to the serrated edges of pink flowers. I also ran across this piece from the 40s, which I thought you’d enjoy: http://jwissandsons.com/1940s/shears-scissors.pdf.

    • Oh, that Wiss site is amazing! I’ll read every word. And I hadn’t heard that pinking shears might be named after pinks but that would be a really satisfying explanation!

  16. You win! I have a lot but I don’t think that many. Interestingly enough, I tossed all my old scissors form Mom and the grandmothers some moves ago. Trying to keep them sharp was too much trouble and they are so heavy. They “shears” were for cutting fabric for clothing and I don’t do that much. When I cut long lengths now, I use a rotary cutter!
    Love your ribbons. I was taken by that loom at Becky’s but when I found out the price, I was less so! Also – I have come to realize that I do not hang potholders or towels in the kitchen! I have never had a hanger so they go into drawres.

    • I love my bandloom! I, too, was put off by the price but, for once, I splurged and I’m glad I did. I love dragging it outside by the lake and getting into the weaving rhythm. I do struggle with what to do with the bands, though–they weave up quite quickly . . .

  17. I love this post, Kerry! I adore your ‘stork’ scissors and have never seen anything like them here. As a family we have a few pairs of scissors all over the house but not as many as you have. We have two pairs of kitchen scissors – the second one bought after I complained my nice ones were being used to open thick plastic packaging. I used to have a fabulous pair of scissors for cutting through plastic and even thin metal but these went on a walkabout and I miss them terribly. I have shears and large scissors and embroidery scissors in my sewing basket and scissors for cutting paper. Three pairs of nail scissors and a pair for cutting hair. Richard has an old pair of wallpaper scissors (we don’t have wallpaper any more) that he has sharpened until they are ultra-sharp and they can cut roofing felt now. He has three different sizes of scissors in his bureau. Elinor has a few pairs of scissors in her room. That’s it. You are the Queen of scissors!

    • I don’t know—I think, if you collected all yours in one place, you might come close to my collection! I’m surprised you don’t have the stork scissors there . . . I could send you a pair, if you covet them!

    • It did take a long time to collect them all! But it was fun and it then allowed me to redistribute them in a more sensible way. And it seems to me that the men who still wear Speedos have no business doing so . . .

  18. I love a good pair of scissors! What a fun post, Kerry. I attended Santa Clara High School nine years after Mark Spitz. He was a local legend! A couple of my gym teachers were his peers. I had forgotten about that before seeing his pic, above.

    Your medals/metals are equally impressive, since I know each pair contributes to the beauty of your loving hands at home. I laughed at your “hole in your knits” comment. I have similar damage to my knits, but they’re all cat-claw related. There are days when I feel like a pin cushion.

    I still have my mom’s pinking sheers and though they’re stiff and hard to use, I cherish them. My own collection breaks down like this: kitchen shears, garden shears, paper crafting scissors and the “good scissors” hidden away in my sewing box for fabric.

    • I actually assumed the holes in my tops came from the cats, until I noticed the locations were identical . . . and then it dawned on me. And I wonder why pinking shears always seem to be so hard to use–the ones I have are very stiff.

  19. I’m sure I can’t beat you! I can count 14 pair, off the top of my head. That means likely there are 3 or 4 more pair that I’m forgetting. Not 27 or more! And YES good job putting rubber tubing over the ends. That’s good for your shirts as well as for the scissors.

    • I would bet $100 that, if you really went looking, you’d beat me! And I like the tubing idea but it does slow me down, always having to take it off and put it back on . . .

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