The Best Way to Sharpen Scissors


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.

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