Serving the Public since 1974....

We are one of the last high quality old fashion barbershops left in the Coachella Valley. I originally started cutting hair in Rancho Santa Fe, CA and spent over 14 years at the one location. It was there, that I understood what a neighborhood barbershop really meant. Unlike the national chain outlets, I developed the ability to establish a rich rapport with all my clientele. I was also very fortunate to work with the original owner of Scissors, Emily Banke for 3 years. I acquired Scissors in 2012 and I  look forward to maintaining our excellence in service for many years to come. Please call us for an appointment and we know you'll be very satisfied with our shop and service.



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Who invented Scissors?

From "Emar, Capital of Astata, in the Fourteenth Century BCE" By Jean-Claude Margueron:

"Besides ceramics, occasionally collected in large quantities, the houses produced stone and metallic objects illustrating both day-to-day needs and the activities of city merchants: beer filters; containers; arrow and javelin heads; scales of armor; needles and scissors; long nails; bronze scrapers; millstones; mortars; many kinds of grindstones; pestles; various tools; and stone rings."

From "The Story of Scissors" by J. Wiss & Sons, 1948:

"Egyptian bronze shears of the Third Century B.C., a unique object of art.  Showing Greek influence although with decoration characteristic of Nile culture, the shears are illustrative of the high degree of craftsmanship which developed in the period following Alexander's conquest of Egypt.  Decorative male and female figures, which complement each other on each blade, are formed by solid pieces of metal of a different color inlaid in the bronze shears."

Also from "The Story of Scissors" by J. Wiss & Sons, 1948:

"Sir Flinders Petrie ascribes the development of cross-bladed shears to the First Century.  In the Fifth Century, the scribe Isidore of Seville, describes cross-bladed shears or scissors with a center pivot as tools of the barber and tailor."

Pinking shears as we know them today were first invented and patented in 1893 by Louise Austin, of Whatcom, Washington, "to facilitate pinking and scalloping and as a marked improvement over ordinary pinking irons and tools".....and so the story goes.....

special thanks to "J W Hughes" for the research

Facts about Scissors

Early scissors have been found in Egypt as far back as 1500 BC. These scissors were made from one piece of metal. Modern cross-bladed scissors have been found in Rome as early as 100 AD. These were probably shears with the joint at the far end. They are mentioned in guild and artisans association records. Scissors simple design reflects the Romans love of clean lines and simple construction. As the Romans traveled, so did the scissors. Trade routes developed, following the soldiers, to Europe and a market was found with traders and guild members. Scissors were used in trades such as tailors and barbers. After the Roman period, greater care was given to the scissors’ quality and design. Especially in the Mediterranean countries, fancier styled scissors developed and more were sold outside of guilds. And as calligraphy spread throughout the Islamic countries, concave blades were developed to cut paper. Scissors became a part of everyone’s life and not just for the use of guilds and the wealthy.

Scissors developed their own power as superstitions and household sayings developed. Just as a forged key holds a blacksmith’s charm, scissors had their own power too. The power held by hand-wrought tools is still strongly tied to scissors lore.

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History of the Barber Pole.....


The barber's trade is an ancient one. Razors have been found among relics of the Bronze Age (circa 3500 B.C). Barbering is mentioned in the bible by Ezekiel who said "And Thou, son of man, take thee a sharp knife, take thee a barber's razor, and cause it to pass upon thine head and upon thine beard."

Barbering was introduced in Rome in 296 B.C. and barbers quickly became both popular and properous. Their shops were centres for dailynews and gossip. All free men of Rome were clean-shaven, while slaves were forced to wear beards. It is from the Roman (Latin) word barba, meaning beard, that the word "barber" is derived.

About 334 B.C. Alexander the Great made his soldiers shave regulary for the purpose of gaining an advantage in hand-to-hand combat so that his warriors were able to grasp an enemy by the beard, while themselves were safeguarded in this method of fighting. The barbers of early days were also the surgeons and dentists. Most early physicians disdained surgery and the barbers did surgey of wounds, blood-letting, cupping and leeching, enemas and extracting teeth. Since the barbers were involved not only with haircutting, hairdressing and shaving but also with surgery, they were called barber-surgeons. They formed their first organization in France in 1094.

In an effort to distinguish between academic surgeons and barber-surgeons, the College de Saint Come, founded in Paris about 1210, identified the former as surgeons of the long robe and the latter as surgeons of the short robe. French barbers and surgeons were organized as a guild in 1391, and barber-surgeons were admitted to the faculty of the University of Paris in 1505. Ambroise Pare (1510-1590), the father of modern surgery and the greatest surgeon of the Renaissance, began his career as an itinerant barber-surgeon. His brother was a barber-surgeon and his sister married a barber-surgeon. In England the barbers were chartered as a guild by Edward IV in 1462 as the Company of Barbers.

The surgeons formed a guild 30 years later and the two companies were united by the statute of Henry VIII in 1540 under the name of the United Barber Surgeon's Company. In actual pratice, however, barbers who cut hair and gave shaves were forbidden to practice surgery except for bloodletting and pulling teeth and surgeons were prohibited from "the barbery of shaving." In France a decree by Louis XV in 1743 prohibited barbers from practicing surgery from the barbers by acts passed during the reign of George II. The surgeons with the title of "Masters, Governors and Commonalty of the Honourable Society of the Surgeons of London." This body was subsequently dissolved and later replaced by the Royal College of Surgeons in 1800 during the reign of George III.

The origin of the barber's pole appears to be associated with his service of bloodletting. The original pole has a brass basin at its top representing the vessel in which leeches were kept and also represented the basin which received the blood. The pole itself represented the staff which the patient held onto during the operation. The red and white stripes represented the bandages used during the procedure, red for the bandages stained with blood during the operation and white for the clean bandages. The bandages would be hung out to dry after washing on the pole and would blow and twist together forming the spiral pattern similar to the modern day barber pole.

The bloodstained bandages became recognized as the emblem of the barber-surgeon's profession. Later in time, the emblem was replaced by a wooden pole of white and red stripes. These colours are recognized as the true colours of the barber emblem. Red, white and blue are widely used in America due partly to the fact that the national flag has these colours. Another interpretation of these barber pole colours is that red represents arterial blood, blue is symbolic of venous blood and white depicts the bandage. After formation of the United Barber Surgeons Company in England, a statue required barbers to use a blue and white pole and surgeons to use a red pole. In France the surgeons of the long robe placed a red pole with a basin attached to identify their offices. The barber pole - a historical link with surgery.