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How to Sharpen Scissors

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Published on Jun 29, 2010

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

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.

Did You Know?
Modern scissors were first manufactured by Robert Hinchliffe in 1761.

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