Scissel. Metal scrap from blanking and trimming operations. For the most part scissel is the skeleton scrap left over from blanking, where disks or other shaped blanks are cut out on long strips of proper gauge metal. From trimming, scissel is mostly rings from pieces struck on oversize blanks and those that have their flash trimmed off. For items turned on a lathe it is the shavings from trimming the edge of medals. Scissel is reclaimed and melted for reuse. When this includes sweepings and other metal refuse it is called shruff. Scissel is clean metal scrap, shruff is dirty.
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