The Best Way to Sharpen Scissors

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Many people own at least one pair of household scissors. Unfortunately, these scissors can dull very quickly if used improperly.. Instead of going out and purchasing a new pair scissors, you can learn to sharpen your own scissors. With just a sharpening stone, lubricant oil and about 10 minutes, your scissors will be working like new again.

Things You'll Need

  • Light machine oil
  • Large pot
  • Sharpening stone
  • Paper towel
  • 1 tbsp. dish soap
  • Scouring pad
  • Pour enough light machine oil into a large pot to fill the bottom 1/4 of the pot. Place your sharpening stone into the pot. The stone should be submerged in the oil; if it is not, add more oil to the pot. The oil will help lubricate the stones, which will make sharpening easier.

  • Open the scissors, and hold them in your non-dominant hand. Always hold onto the scissors at the pivot--where the two blades intersect. Point the first blade that you're going to sharpen away from you.

  • Hold onto the sharpening stone in your other hand. Place the stone on the pivot, then slide the stone down the length of the first blade.

  • Continue sliding the stone down the blade from pivot to point. Do this 10 times.

  • Turn the scissors around to begin sharpening the second blade. Slide the stone down the second blade--from pivot to point--10 times, as well.

  • Wipe off the blades using a piece of paper towel.

  • Clean the sharpening stone. Pour 1 tbsp. of dish soap on to the stone; use a scouring pad and water to work the soap into a lather. Rinse the stone off and allow it to air dry.

References

  • Photo Credit scissors image by timur1970 from Fotolia.com
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