How To Sharpen Scissors

How To Sharpen Scissors

There are good scissors, and there are cheap scissors, and the type you invest in will ultimately determine how you sharpen the scissors.

If you want to make a good investment in a pair of scissors that will last (and need less sharpening), you need to buy a pair with a name that is trusted, like Fiskers. However, even the best scissors need to be taken care of and might need to be sharpened from time to time, depending how much you use them.

By spending just a little extra money on a good pair of scissors, and the right type for what you intend to cut, in the end you can save money because you won't be replacing them every few months.

When it's time for sharpening, here are the DIY tips to keep you cutting perfectly.

How to Sharpen Scissors with Sand Paper

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Sandpaper has many uses that you probably hadn't even imagined. Reader's Digest shared an article full of strange uses for sandpaper, including using it to sharpen your sewing needles and scissors.

You can find plenty of long-winded articles online with instructions on how to do it, but it's as easy as cutting some fine-grit sandpaper with your scissors. The finer the grit, the better. If you use the wrong stuff, you could cause burs in your scissors.

When you're doing the cutting, you can fold the paper in half, or flip it over after you've made a few full-length cuts with your cutting tools. When you're done, wipe off your scissors with a dry rag.

Sharpen Scissors with a Sharpening Stone

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You don't need to take a course to learn how to sharpen scissors with a sharpening stone or wet stone. You can use your sharpening stone for your scissors much as you do for your knives, or you can “cut” the stone with the knife to sharpen it. Cutting at things with your scissors to sharpen them ensures the right parts of the scissors are getting sharpened.

There are different styles of stone, but they all do the same thing. The looks are more of an aesthetic thing. Follow the instructions that come with your sharpening stone (like getting it wet before sharpening, if that's what that particular style of stone calls for) or find easy how-to videos on YouTube.

How to Sharpen Scissors with Aluminum Foil

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If you need a one-time quick fix for sharpening your scissors, cutting through a stack of aluminum foil will do the trick. You may need to cut through the stack more than once, according to most sources. While this trick works, it has some drawbacks.

If you sharpen your scissors like this too often, it can actually ruin them. The aluminum foil wears away the metal, permanently damaging your scissors. So, only use this as a one-time quick fix.

How to Sharpen Scissors Using a Screwdriver

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No sandpaper on hand? Forget to pick up a sharpening stone? Who doesn't have a screwdriver on hand? You can use a screwdriver for a quick sharpening by “cutting” the shaft with the scissors. Do this two or three times, and your scissors should cut like new.

If you're finding yourself lacking a screwdriver, some other household items can assist you in sharpening. Try an empty pickle jar, if your scissors are big enough to “cut” around it.

Sharpening Scissors with a Knife Sharpener

Sharpening Scissors with a Knife Sharpener
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If you bought one of those fancy knife collections that come with a holder and scissors, it's pretty likely it came with a knife sharpener of some kind. Don't toss that sharpener even if you think you'll never use it. It can come in handy for sharpening for than just your knives.

Cut at your sharpening steel just like you cut at the screwdriver, for sharpening scissors. Scissors work a bit differently than knives, so they sharpen differently as well. You can also use the mechanical sharpening tools, which you run your knife through, for sharpening your scissors. Use it the same as you do the for knife sharpening (but just on the inside of the scissor shafts instead of both sides).

When to Consider a Professional

Now that you know how to sharpen scissors from home, it's important to know that if you are working in the hairstyling industry, or you tailor clothing for a living, DIY scissor sharpening may not be as wise as it would for general use scissors. You want your sheers to cut at their best, so consider paying a pro to make them sharp again

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Harry worked as an economist for about 8 years after graduating from a college degree in the field. After a while, his sales department job slowly transitioned to becoming more of a professional reviewer of various consumer electronics.
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