Double Scissors is a pair of universal, adaptable scissors designed specifically to merge the needs of right-handed and left-handed users into a single handheld appliance.

In a world full of products and designs tailored for right-handed users, too often left-handed people have to compensate for an appliance’s narrow adaptability by using their less dominant hand. While working toward our own ambidexterity will always be a worthy pursuit, designs have a long way to go in exploring a product’s handling and its potential for universality. Recognizing the lack of designs that left-handed users can operate, Ren Peng, a designer based out of Shenzhen, China, designed a pair of universal scissors called Double Scissors that both right-handed and left-handed people can use.

With more than 90% of the market’s scissors designed for right-handed users, Double Scissors takes on a double edge blade design to make a more universal pair of scissors that anyone can use. Switching between its right-handed form to its left-handed one is as easy as flipping a light switch.

When users would like to change the scissor’s orientation, they’ll need only flip over the finger handles on its swivel mechanism so that the blade’s positioning remains while the handles adapt to the user’s grip. Double Scissors’ grips are also color-coded to accurately indicate which orientation the pair of scissors can accommodate.

Recognized by the Industrial Designers Society of America for its innovation and versatility, Double Scissors introduces a universal pair of scissors to challenge the notion that separate products have to exist to accommodate left-handed users.

Describing the project in their own terms, Peng notes, “Trying to adapt to a pair right-handed of scissors is not a reasonable solution for lefties. Double Scissors is a pair of double-edged scissors that accommodates both left-handed and right-handed users. You need only switch the direction of the blade.”

Designer: Ren Peng

Featuring a swivel method, Ren Peng’s Double Scissors change between right and left-handed orientations seamlessly.

Double Scissors can be store and hung from the wall when not in use.

When not in use, users are protected from Double Scissors’ double edge blade with a protective carry case. 

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