Making your scissors sharper with a stone (also called bench stone) is among the most popular methods to get blades into shape again. You can get one online or in a DIY store and they’ll be useful to sharpen knives too. These two-sided stones (one coarse and one fine) also last a lifetime so you’ll be making a good investment.
To sharpen your scissors using a stone, follow these steps:
- Lay out the stone on a towel or some old newspaper.
- Wet the stone with some water.
- Remove the screws that hold your scissor blades together. You’ll want to sharpen each blade separately and it’ll be easier when taken apart.
- Start with the coarse side, especially if you haven’t sharpened your blades in a while.
- Apply light pressure as you draw the blade across the stone with the beveled edge flat against the stone.
- Repeat for 10 to 20 strokes.
- Finish by swiping the blades on the fine side of the stone (approximately five times).
- Repeat with second blade.
But how do you tell if the blades are sharper now? You can draw a line with a marker across the edge of the blade. When the marker disappears, you’ll know that you’ve sharpened all of it. Alternatively, try cutting some paper before and after the sharpening process to feel the difference.