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    I have found it impossible to get anyone from barbers, fabric shops, tool hire companies etc., to sharpen scissors. Is there a good scissors sharpener that you guys would recommend
    Ursula

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    I have not had any scissors sharpened myself, but there are various services listed in Google if you search for 'scissor sharpening'. Some work by post, others are geographic so you will need to include your location to make sure they are near you. Many are for hairdressers but it might be worth contacting them to see if they would sharpen your scissors.

    Hope you find someone.

    e.g. Clean Cut
    Coolblades

    This specialist scissor site sells a scissor sharpening stone (this post is getting like a tongue twister!) .... sharpening stone as do Merrick & Day M&D sharpener.
    Louise


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    • #3
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      Thanks Louise,

      I've just found (after 20 phone calls) a very good barber in town who will sharpen them for me - costing me €5 for each one, but worth it if I get another couple of years out of them.
      Thanks again.
      Ursula.

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      • #4
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        I have the M&D scisssor sharpener and sharpen my own it has been invaluable in my opinion.
        I would recommend anyone to get one.
        Kindest Regards

        Penny

        Denton Drapes

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        • #5
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          Hello Everyone

          Just read this thread and wanted to ask what scissors you all used.
          l have a pair but they were not expensive, Was going to buy a new pair
          and wondered what you recommended

          regards
          Marela

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          • #6
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            That's the one made of tiny bits diamond, like a pad not one of those ones you run the scissors through. It's important to keep the blades at the right angle but fab once you get the hang, so Penny says.... I used the chainsaw file a couple of weeks ago, in absolute desperation and managed to take a burr off but will be saving up for a diamond sharpener and don't recommend the chainsaw file for regular use........

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            • #7
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              Hi Marela
              I have several pairs of scissors for different types of work but my best scissors and ones that I would recommend are made by Mondial.
              I have a pair of 12" long shears and they are just perfect for curtain making. I got them online at a cost of approx £28 they will last a life time.
              Kindest Regards

              Penny

              Denton Drapes

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              • #8
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                Penny,

                I'm going to have a look at Merrick & Day site and purchase one of their sharpeners that you recommended. I headed to town today (got soaked) only to find the barber closed ah............ I've never sharpened my scissors before but lately I think my scissors aren't as smooth as they used to be. Hopefully sharpening them will be ok or I'll end up buying new ones.
                Thanks for all the advice.
                Ursula

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                • #9
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                  I have a pair of Wilkinson Sword & a pair of Fiskars, both of which I've had years & have been very pleased with both. Unfortunately I had them sharpened by a local co just over a year ago & they haven't been the same since One pair is now very choppy They supposedly also sharpened my rather old Wilkinson Sword pinking shears too but you'd never know it from using them!! Recently bought a pair of Mondial Pinking Shears from M&D. They are nice & sharp but I find them a bit short & a bit lightweight. Next time I'll buy from a shop rather than online so I can feel them.
                  Jane

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                  • #10
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                    All my scissors are Fiskars and like you Jane I've never had a bother with them. I'm thinking now maybe I should just buy a new pair for my curtain jobs and use the old ones on buckram, cutting out cushions etc., instead of spending money sharpening them only to find I made them worse
                    Ursula

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                    • #11
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                      After my sharpening experience, that's the way I'd go next time Ursula.
                      Jane

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                      • #12
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                        I have different scissors for different tasks, and death threats on the newest ones, which are ONLY for cutting fabric, by me. Older ones get used for buckram, heading tape, and cord, older still for card and paper. Most of mine are Fiskars, which I think used to be Wilkinson Sword.
                        Many years ago, an actual Knife grinder came to the door, with a wheel, and did every blade I could find, Work ones, garden ones, kitchen ones. I wonder what happened to him?

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                        • #13
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                          I use Fiskars as well. The only problem I have is that the spring breaks sometimes in the handle , but I do have some spares. I cannot get on with the ones that wrap around your hand . I have three pairs and have had them for years, but I have noticed that the points of the blades seem to get thinner and don't meet just as well at the tip after having been sharpened several times.
                          Our local tool hire place used to get them done, but I have not looked for a while.
                          Enid

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