I have had some information about the origins of crane scissors in response to my recent posting. The viewer wrote:
The crane is a well known symbol of long life and good fortune in Japan and it is very typical for that design to have originated there. Creating a practical item with an esoteric meaning would be very Japanese. The crane is often used as a New Year symbol perhaps made of paper - I have a string of them in my workroom made by a Japanese lady and given to me on my visit a few years ago. The crane is often woven into fabric design for the same reason and what better way to wish someone creativity than to give them a pair of crane shaped scissors.
So there you have it.