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By linn from Canada
I tried this aluminum foil tip for sharpening scissors - a number of times - and I didn't see any appreciable difference.
This is a joke!!
It doesn't work. I tried everything
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.
By Wendy from Edwardsport, IN
To sharpen scissors quickly, use an everyday item: 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. Be careful not to cut yourself as scissors will be sharp!
The scissors will be clean. Cutting foil removes burrs and rust. It also removes a bit of the steel at the wrong angle. Real sharpening is done at an angle, with a stone or sandpaper. For scissors the angle would probably be 20 degrees.
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Scissors will not be sharp after many times of usage. To make it sharp again, you can get a sheet of tinfoil, fold it until you have 5-6 layers. Use scissors to cut the tinfoil to small stripes, repeat the cutting for ten to fifteen times.
Test the scissors buy cutting a piece of paper to see the sharpness, if still not up to your satisfaction, repeat the steps by cutting more tinfoil until the scissors are really sharp.
Source: I saw that from an overseas TV show
By Kitty from Bellingham, WA
I have tried this before your posting, and I think it probably works if all you want to cut is paper.
I keep a package of sandpaper with my sewing stuff. When I think my scissors are getting a little dull, I just cut through the sandpaper a few times and my scissors are good as new. And they are at least 10 years old. (09/22/2009)
When you need to sharpen your scissors and don't have a sharpener, try cutting through a couple of sheets of aluminum foil. This sometimes helps.
By middlekid from Science Hill, Kentucky
I did that the other day when I had to cut some material with some regular scissors. I folded regular aluminum foil about four times into a square that would fit in the palm of my hand, then I cut through it about five times, they were really sharper!
By Robyn Fed
Great idea, I have a pair that need sharpening and will give this a try. (04/03/2009)