Scissor Sharpening Made Easy

What You'll Need
Dull, everyday use scissors
Mason jar or glass jar
Emery cloth
Steel wool
Aluminum foil

Many people that use scissors don't realize they become dull, which means scissor sharpening becomes a necessity. Scissor sharpening isn't only for kitchen shears that see a lot of use cutting bone and tendons, but also for scissors meant for crafting and everyday needs. Scissor sharpening is often done by a knife sharpening expert with specialized tools, but this costs money. Besides the cost, a professional can take a lot of time and you will most likely have to wait for your scissors to be returned. There are several ways that you can easily sharpen your own scissors at home, using everyday items, and the following article will share some of these with you.

Warning: Take standard safety precautions when handling scissor blades.

Glass Mason Jars

You can use any type of glass jar to sharpen your scissors, but mason jars are best suited for it and are quite common in most homes. This method will seem somewhat awkward at first but you will soon get the hang of it. You are going to use the glass to sharpen the blades. Open the pair of scissors as wide as they can go and slide the blades around the jar so that the glass is near the back of the scissors where they pivot. Squeeze the scissors closed, like you're cutting paper, until the blades are grasping the jar. Hold the jar in one hand and with the other, drag the scissors backward away from the jar as you close them. Repeat this process until the blades have a smooth and clean edge. This is an indication that the blades are sharpened.


Essentially, you are repeating the same technique as described for glass mason jars. Open the blades of the scissors and insert the metal shaft of the screwdriver to the end of the scissors at the pivot point. Close the scissors like you are going to cut the screwdriver, and then slide the screwdriver out of the scissors. Maintain the same grip as though you are trying to cut the screwdriver as you remove it. Once the blades are smooth and free of nicks or indents, you are done. The same thing can be achieved with a knife sharpening tool found in many knife blocks.

Cut and Sharpen

This technique uses the scissors to cut material and doing so sharpens them. Several materials can do this: sandpaper, emery cloth and steel wool. Simply cut through any of these items until the blade looks smooth and cuts cleaner. You'll need to move the item down the blade periodically, to ensure the whole blade is sharpened. You can also sharpen your scissors using aluminum foil. This is tricky because you have to fight with the scissors to get them to cut through. Pull foil from the roll and fold in half several times. You want it thick, but also as long as the scissors. Insert the foil to the pivot point and slowly cut. Repeat as many times as needed until the blades cut clean.