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It is very frustrating to grab a pair of scissors only to find that they are too dull for the job. Taking them in for sharpening can be inconvenient and costly. This is a guide about sharpening scissors.

Man's hands sharpening scissors on grinding wheel.
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July 1, 2011 Flag
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I know I have about 3 dozen scissors running around here. To keep them sharp, I buy a box of 00 steel wool from my local hardware store and cut through it with the scissors. This allows your scissors to sharpen themselves, and it also beats paying $15.00 to have them sharpened.

By Gem from VA

April 15, 2011 Flag
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Picture of sharpening scissors with aluminum foil.For an easy way to sharpen scissors, fold a piece of aluminum foil three or four times, then cut through it several times with your scissors.

By linn.2009 from Canada

June 27, 2011 Flag
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To sharpen scissors, simply cut through metal scrubbing pads and continue until your scissors are sharp. I have done this for years, and it works well for me.

By gem from VA


March 6, 2012 Flag
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Sharpen scissors by cutting superfine sandpaper.

July 27, 2011 Flag
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This is a fast and easy tip for sharpening scissors. I just grab a piece of aluminum foil, fold it a few times and then cut it with the scissors. They come out as good as new, and only for the cost of a sheet of tin foil.

July 28, 2006 Flag
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I am old enough to remember when knife sharpeners used to come to the DOOR. Not anymore - but you can sort of sharpen your scissors by cutting through sandpaper until the edge is restored. Not ideal - but better than dull scissors and very thrifty.


By Pam from LA, CA

Steel Wool

You can sharpen scissors easily by cutting through a few pieces of steel wool.

By Robin from Washington, IA

SOS Pads

I also use my scissors to cut SOS pads. It saves not having to waste a whole SOS pad as well as sharpens my scissors.

By Tawnda

Aluminum Foil

I've found that the best way to sharpen my scissors is to cut aluminum foil a few times after cleaning the blades with alcohol!

By Michlee from Glen Morgan, WV

June 6, 2013 Flag
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To sharpen scissors quickly, use aluminum foil. Simply cut a medium size sheet of foil. Using the scissors, cut up the foil and across. The scissors are good to go.

October 10, 2011 Flag

I trimmed the edges of a plastic garbage bag and later noticed the scissors glided through the papers I was cutting more easily. Evidently, the petroleum in the making of the bag caused this. You can also cut a thin sheet of sandpaper with the scissors to sharpen them.

September 6, 2013 Flag
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First thing to do is clean your scissors properly. If you have used them to cut sticky items like tape, you get transfer which interferes with the blade edge.

Proper Way to Sharpen Scissors

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April 9, 2008 Flag
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Need to sharpen your scissors? Take a 12 inch-14 inch strip of Heavy-duty Aluminum foil and fold to 8 layers. Now, just cut as many thin strips of foil as you can manage (25 is preferred). Your scissors are now sharp! If using standard weight aluminum foil, just fold to 16 layers and proceed.

July 27, 2011 Flag
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I use a scissor sharpener that you can buy in any fabric store and even at Walmart. Mine is made by Fiskar. I keep this by my sewing machine and use it periodically to sharpen all my scissors.

Scissors in sharpener.

April 23, 2010 Flag
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I am looking for a good way to sharpen my scissors without going to a pro. I have tried the types that sharpen knives, but those work poorly. Thanks.

By Susan from Trinidad, CO

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April 23, 20100 found this helpful

Cut through some sandpaper.

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April 23, 20100 found this helpful

The best way to sharpen scissors is to save all of your used/discarded aluminum foil. Cut through the foil with dull scissors until the foil is in tiny pieces..Viola! Your scissors will be sharp! Good luck! Be sure to save one designated pair of scissors for paper Only, therefore the other pairs will not dull so quickly.

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July 24, 2011 Flag
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I sharpen my scissors with my knife steel. It clears any burrs and gives me a clean edge. I also make sure the screws are well tightened.

August 7, 2009 Flag
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Is there a method to sharpen your own scissors?

By kimbo204 from Madison, WI

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August 8, 20090 found this helpful

I use aluminum foil. Just cut the foil a few times and they should be good again!

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February 19, 20100 found this helpful

To expand on sneither's method; fold the foil about 4-layers thick and begin cutting as many slits as you can.

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June 10, 2011 Flag
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Before you throw away that used cardboard finger nail file, use it to sharpen scissors. Take your scissors and cut the file into tiny pieces.

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