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How to Sharpen Scissors



How to Sharpen Scissors

Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Have dull scissors? Instead of replacing them, try sharpening them instead.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 5 minutes or less

Here's How:

  1. Fold a piece of aluminum foil in half several times (four or five times should do it).
  2. Then, cut through the aluminum foil with your scissors several times to sharpen the blades.
  3. Test out your newly-sharpened scissors on a piece of paper. If they're still not sharp enough for your needs, repeat the process again.


  1. Using fabric scissors to cut paper will dull the blades quickly. Keep a separate pair of scissors for fabric and paper.
  2. Prefer to have your scissors professionally sharpened? Check to see if your local fabric store offers the service

What You Need:

  • Aluminum foil
  • A piece of scrap paper
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