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How to Sharpen Scissors

It's important to keep your household scissors sharp for efficiency and safety. You can sharpen scissors at home using sandpaper or aluminum foil.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Cut a piece of sandpaper Cut several notches in a piece of fine-grit sandpaper, with the rough side facing down.
  • TIP: Cut with long strokes, so every part of the blade touches the sandpaper.
  • Step 2: Test the scissors Test the scissors by cutting through a scrap piece of paper. If they do not seem sharp enough, repeat the process.
  • Step 3: Cut through aluminum foil Use aluminum foil to sharpen the edge of your shears. Fold the foil a few times to make it thicker, and then cut several slices through the foil.
  • Step 4: Test the scissors Test the scissors by cutting through a scrap piece of paper. If they do not seem sharp enough, repeat the process.
  • Step 5: Use steel wool Use steel wool to sharpen your scissors. Make several cuts through a steel wool soap pad, rinse the blades, and then try them on paper.
  • FACT: Modern scissors were first manufactured by Robert Hinchliffe in 1761.

You Will Need

  • Scissors
  • Sandpaper
  • Scrap piece of paper
  • Aluminum foil
  • Steel wool

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