Scissors, cutting tool made of 2 metal blades joined at a pivot point. Cutting occurs between the blades as they are brought together when the handles at one end are squeezed together. Scissors may have been invented as early as the Bronze Age. They were in use in ancient Rome, China, Japan, and Korea, and came into regular domestic use in Europe in the 16th century. Among specialized scissors are shears (large scissors) and pinking shears (sawtooth scissors that cut fabric leaving zigzag edges).