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Anonymous asked in Games & RecreationHobbies & Crafts · 1 decade ago

Why are "pinking shears" so called?

The scissors with the jagged cutting edge (to stop fraying) - is there any particular reason for them being called pinking shears?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    The cut produced by pinking shears may have given its name to (or be derived from) the plant name pink, a flowering plant in the genus Dianthus (commonly called a carnation). The colour pink may have been named after these flowers, although the origins of the name are not definitively known. As the carnation has scalloped, or "pinked", edges to its petals, pinking shears can be thought to produce an edge similar to the flower.

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  • 1 decade ago

    They were dubbed pink(ing) shears because the cut of the shear resembles the "pinks" jagged petal edge. Pinks are actually a dianthus.

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