Making your scissors sharper with a stone (also called bench stone) is the most popular method to get blades into shape again. You can get one online or at a hardware store, and they’ll help 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 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 edge separately, and it’ll be more accessible when taken apart.
- Start with the coarse side, particularly if you haven’t sharpened your blades in a while.
- Apply light pressure while drawing the blade across the stone with the bevelled edge flat against the stone.
- Repeat for 10 to 20 strokes.
- Finish by swiping the blades across the fine side of the stone (approximately five times).
- Repeat with the second blade.
How can you tell if the blades are sharper? 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.