Samuel Briskman, of Brooklyn [Born: 24 Dec 1896, Died: 11 Feb 1967], invented pinking shears in 1931 and received his first three patents for them in 1934.
He formed the American Pinking Shears Corporation and opened a small plant at 158-160 Greene St, and then in a 5-story factory at 102 Prince Street in Manhattan, New York. [The Prince Street storefront is now a Tumi Luggage Store in the fashionable Soho neighborhood. The floors upstairs are expensive condominiums.] At some point the company name was changed to Pinking Shears Corp.
His firm milled the teeth into the blades. Wiss made the actual shears and had the exclusive sales in the USA and through their agents abroad. Briskman was also entitled to sell abroad under the name of Pinking Shears Corp. through his agents. Based on the number of pinking shears instruction folders printed in the 1950s, they were the boom years for pinking shears sales.
He had one son, Arthur (Artie) Briskman, who worked with him. We have no idea what happened to them, but sales fell off after a change in the type of fabric that was popular (synthetics don't need to be pinked). And then serge stitching became common on sewing machines. Norman F. Wiss, Sr. [Born: , Died: 15 Sept 1954] was the one who pushed for and who managed the agreement with Briskman.
Samuel Briskman died in 1967. His Feburary 16, 1967 obituary in The New York Times tells the story of his tinkering with two serrated knives and coming up with the basic patent. I have obtained a bunch of excellent pictures of Samuel Briskman and other people, many referred to in his obituary.
Briskman Patents (24 total):
Enhancements to the core patents
Covering the equipment to cut the teeth
Electric Pinking Shears: Briskman may never have manufactured these