How do you sharpen your scissors?

Mundial scissors

Mundial scissors

I’m unashamedly jumping on Karen‘s bandwagon to continue the great scissor-sharpening debate.

When I was young, a little man in a van used to call round once a month to see if my mum needed any tools sharpening. He had a little tool shop in the back of his vehicle that serviced any garden shears and dressmaking scissors. I’m sure he fixed other things too but this was service enough for him to be my mum’s knight in shining armour!

I learned very quickly to not use my mum’s tailors shears on paper. She caught me only once and really, she doesn’t get angry at much, but I froze in my tracks and never did it again! Cutting paper really doesn’t do those blades any justice, seriously blunting them. So nowadays I have my paper-cutting scissors and my special fabric-only cutting scissors. My children have also been warned about their sole purposes in much the same scary way that I was!

I am the proud owner of a very sharp pair of Mundial scissors, gold plated handles and all, but one day they will be in need of a sharpen and I wouldn’t have a clue where to go. I would love a little man in a van to come visit me but I think those days are long gone. And so I was elated when Karen posted her article about MacCulloch & Wallis. I very much like the cut of their jib!

But just to add to this, I noted a little tip in Sew and Save, which I picked up in Oxfam recently. . .

Sew and Save

Sew and Save

Get yourself a good pair of scissors to start with. Steel cutting-out schissors with double-sided handles (so that they don’t cut into the joint of your thumb when you are using them) cost about 3/11 a pair. Larger ones for tailoring jobs on heavy materials cust from 7/- to 10/- a pair. Spending money on good scissors is a long-sighted economy, as you will then get cleanly-cut lines and your garment will be well fitting. The scissors should always be kept sharp, of course, and this can be done at home by opening the blades against the neck of a strong glass bottle, and then by closing them slowly as if trying to cut the neck off the bottle. Do this about twenty times, and you’ll get a lovely edge on your scissors.

I would be a bit nervous about trying this on my good ones, given that they cost slightly more than three shillings and eleven, but I tried it on my paper scissors and hey, guess what? It worked! Another good reason to have milk delivered in glass bottles!

How do you sharpen yours?

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11 thoughts on “How do you sharpen your scissors?

  1. Wow, what a fascinating tip. I agree I probably wouldn’t try this on my fabric scissors, though. I am very jealous of yours. Gertie’s blog post has made me want scissors of every single variety. I even have my own paper scissors that my boyfriend isn’t allowed to touch as scissors go missing at an alarming rate in our household. Whoever knew scissors would hold so much fascination!

    • ooo… I shall have to check out Gertie’s collection! I think 4 pairs are sufficient… Pinkers, shears, paper scissors and embroidery/little thread snippers!… but I think I am about to think differently!

  2. Oooh I must try that tip. I have a ‘little man who does’ to sharpen my scissors – he comes to our stash rehash events a couple of times a year and that seems to be enough for me to keep on top of my blades.

      • Hey Janene! We were looking for a pair of scissors to incorporate into a postcard for the shop and amazingly, your image above was the very first one Google gave us! Would you mind if we used it please? It’s for postcards for the shop, Thanks! MrsC xo

      • Not at all. I would be delighted if you used it! I feel very honored! I’m so excited by your new venture. In fact I have just been talking about it to my work colleague ! xxx

  3. Hello
    I have never done any blogging before, but I must tell you of the brilliant Tom of prosharp.co.uk . He does a fantastic service and the price is good too! I had several pairs of scissors and a knife sharpened, sent them on a Monday and they were back by Friday.

  4. We have a man in a van! He drives his van in a town nearby. Not sure how people know of his schedule. I haven’t brought my shears to him, but my husband is a chef and he’s had him sharpen the kitchen knives at his restaurant before. I can’t even remember how I knew not to touch my mothers shears but from a young age I knew that they were to NEVER touch paper. It’s probably a good thing I don’t remember learning that lesson!

  5. Ah – I have that book, I must have missed that tip.
    I have been despairing about my blunt fabric scissors (I suspect other family members covertly cutting paper, wire, concrete … you name it).
    And now I find out MacCulloch and Wallis have a scissor sharpening service! Oh Joy. How did I not know this???

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