The story of Right Shears
One never knows when inspiration will strike. :) 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.
Armed with the rough prototype shown above, I got a patent filed and worked with an excellent prototyping firm to create the rest of the prototypes shown above - created from cardboard, 3D prints, and eventually metal (with 3D printed handles)! As a left handed person myself, I made sure that the handles are ambidextrous.
The result was a pair of scissors useful beyond my wildest dreams, with far superior ergonomics in my opinion, increased leverage, and cutting ability suited to a much wider variety of applications than existing conventional and angled scissors.
Furthermore, there is potential to help people with severe arthritis (see my friend on video below), and fibromyalgia as one person who suffers from it told me after she saw Right Shears in action.
I'm very thankful and blessed for the opportunity to work on Right Shears and hopefully, with your help, we will be able to bring them to the world!
Uses are limited only by our imaginations! Some include paper and cardboard crafting:
Working with firm and sharp materials such as plastic:
Working in the kitchen (ergonomics really come into the picture here when working at a counter; try it yourself and see - try cutting a pizza or something flat on the counter with regular kitchen shears or scissors and observe what you do with your elbow and shoulder):
And, of course, working with the metal mesh that inspired Right Shears' creation in the first place (although, this is much better demonstrated in the video):
Working with thin sheet metal, aluminum and tin:
Even precision cutting:
Once you experience the superior ergonomics of Right Shears (demonstrated by the comparison below in which I try to hold the blades of a pair of regular scissors parallel to the Right Shears' blades - and have to lift my elbow and shoulder and put a bend in my wrist to do it), you will wonder how you ever made do with regular scissors!
Cutting an aluminum can bottom:
Cutting across poster board:
Cutting left handed! :)
My friend who suffers from severe arthritis:
As kitchen shears:
For more demonstrations, please visit the Right Shears YouTube channel.
-Unique patent pending handle and right angle design allowing for superior ergonomics (in my opinion) and allowing to keep the hand out of the way of whatever is being cut
-Patent pending rounded, chamfered interior angle portion of the lower blade to help prevent binding while cutting firm materials.
-420 stainless steel heat treated polished blades with extended tang for increased strength
-Ambidextrous handles for right and left handed use
-Length : 6.5"
-Height : 5.5"
-Width : 0.5"
-Weight : 4-5 oz (weight will be finalized in production)
2014 September - Idea conception
2015 January - Original patent application filed. Thanks Teddy! htplaw.com
2015 January - Radicand Design Collaboratory engaged for prototyping work. Thanks Greg and Scott! Radicand.com
2015 February - First 3D printed prototype followed by much testing and more prototypes both cardboard and 3D printed
2015 June - First metal prototype followed by much testing and another metal prototype (the one featured in the first videos and pictures of Right Shears after the CIP was filed)
2015 September - PCT International CIP patent application filed including everything learned throughout the prototyping process
2015 November - First demo version of Right Shears, heat treated and honed so I could create videos cutting materials other than paper
2015 November+ - User testing and feedback from folks not involved in the development process
2016 March - Crowd funding campaign to bring Right Shears into production.
2016 April - Crowd funding campaign ends
2016 July - First samples arrive from manufacturer for inspection
2016 October - Shipment of Right Shears arrives from manufacturer
2016 October - Right Shears ship to you!
The funding goal covers the following costs (and does not include any of my costs prior to the Kickstarter campaign):
1. Tooling for die-Conventional Stamping
2. Tooling for Injection molds for Handles
4. Stainless steel stock, TPR, and fulcrum hardware
5. Stamp, grind, curve, heat treat, and polish blades
6. mold handles
8. all freight, shipping and associated costs
9. Kickstarter fee and payment processing fees
Thank you so much to my loving and supportive family and friends, especially my wife Rupalee!
Thank you to Radicand for their excellent prototyping
Thank you to HTP Law for helping to protect the little guy :)
Risks and challenges
I want Right Shears to be available to the world. Rest assured that the job is not done until your Right Shears are in your hands!
I have a quote, agreement and schedule from my manufacturer (upon which the above schedule is based)
I have calculated all freight, insurance and associated costs
I have shipping estimates from USPS for US and worldwide for all shipment sizes of Right ShearsLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (30 days)