The world's most expensive pair of scissors?

Earlier this month we had the official opening of our new custom-built showroom. We were lucky enough to have it opened by none-other than Manchester music legend Peter Hook – one of our customers.

On the last minute, we realised we’d forgotten to get some nice silver scissors for Pete to use to cut the ribbon…

We were about to do a quick dash to the shops when the incredibly talented @artminx (her art is for sale here) – who has a display of her art on our walls at the moment – stepped in with her scissors. They have green handles, which suit out colour scheme. Perfect!

So Pete did the honours and Artminx’s scissors had now been ‘Touched by the Hand Of God‘ (Well, Hooky, anyway and for many that’s not far off).

Christine Risby, Peter Hook, Eva Kahan, John Risby - and possibly the world's most expensive pair of scissors...
Christine Risby, Peter Hook, Eva Kahan, John Risby – and possibly the world’s most expensive pair of scissors…

In the excitement of the day we forgot to give them back to her. I tried to give them back to her a few days later when we met for a drink but she realised she’d probably have trouble getting into her gig with a pair of 12″ scissors in her bag… So I took them back with me.

I was flying back to Spain on Friday and took them back into work to leave them there. You may be ahead of me here…

It was as I was wondering why my bag had been pushed into the manual check section of security at Manchester Airport that I remembered that I’d forgotten to take them out of my bag.

Yes, I’d tried to board a plane in 2013 with a rather large pair of scissors (the couple next to me were stopped for having a corkscrew…)

I was given two options. Bin them, or check my bag into the hold. I was already late for my flight so called Artminx to check. I was pretty sure they meant something to her…

The call was terse. I really seemed to upset her so, despite already being late, I chose to leave security, go back out, check my bag in to the hold (pushing, as I was told to do by security, to the front of the queue), rush back, limbo under barriers, and barge my way through the security queue to get my flight.

It cost £100 extra to put the bag and scissors on to the plane. More than the actual flight cost.

If I’d have had more time, I could have given them to a taxi driver to drive to the shop, or even posted them. But that wasn’t an option.

It was either upset Artminx and throw away her ‘Peter Hook’ scissors (also great for cutting bunting too apparently), or pay. So…

I later found out the call was terse because she was busy when I called her. The scissors, she said, were good but …

If there is any lesson from this story, please do let me know!