Several Ways to Restore Dull Scissors

Dull Scissors


The holidays ahead usually mean gift wrapping.  If you have a pair of dull scissors that aren’t as sharp as you would like, then I have a way to correct that problem for you. Of course, you could just throw an inexpensive pair away.  However, I am thrifty and do think everyone likes to save when possible if the solution is easy enough. With this thought, let me show you a few simple ways to restore dull scissors that you may not be aware of.

The first method involves steel wool. All you need to do is get a clean piece of steel wool.  Take that steel wool and rub it over the edge of the blades.  This buffing action will sharpen those awful scissors and give them new life.

Sometimes, you can restore and sharpen dull scissors just by taking a pair of dull scissors and cutting through a piece of aluminum foil. This trick can often solve the problem as well.

A third way to restore and sharpen dull scissors is trying a sharpening stone. You can buy one at your home center. After you open the pair of scissors in need of attention, take one side’s edge and rub it against the stone to sharpen. Just remember, keep the beveled edge toward you and flat against the stone once you grip the handle and begin to work.

You can also try using the dull scissors by cutting through a piece of fine grain sandpaper. The grain can often file the metal enough as a way to restore the blades. If the scissors are in very bad shape, you can try medium grain sandpaper as the next resort.

You will find those newly sharpened scissors gliding through that holiday wrapping paper or material without effort.  I do hope you will try these ways to restore and sharpen dull scissors first before investing in a new pair.





  1. Soozle
    November 3, 2011 / 11:40 pm

    Great tip! I have a few pairs of scissors that could use a pick me up – I will have to try this!Thank you for sharing!

  2. BethElderton
    November 4, 2011 / 1:07 pm

    Wow–such an easy tip that could save both money and frustration! Thank you for sharing this!

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    March 2, 2012 / 12:59 pm

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  4. albern williams
    March 6, 2012 / 12:35 pm

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