Hand shears are sharpened with a tool that can sharpen knife blades, and this is done by making cuts on the sharpener and pulling the shears back. Find out how to use a vice to help sharpen hand shears with help from a home repair specialist and remodeling contractor in this free video on hand shears.
Hi I'm Tim Gipson and I'm going to talk to you about how to sharpen hand shears. Now, very important, whenever we are sharpening or dealing with sharp objects we want to make sure we have a good pair of safety gloves to use and also safety glasses. So we'll start with these smaller pair of hand shears and typically with these, you just really need to freshen the edge up on these. These are made so that they don't dull too quickly so it's good to have a sharpener such as this around and there is a couple of things you can do. It has a sharpener on this end that you can use for knives, even serrated edges and then in the side here it has a slot for scissors. So actually we can take our scissors and since this is a right handed scissors we would simply put it into the slot and then just make a just like we are cutting and you pull them out so you pull them out as you slice ahead so that's one way and then you end up getting your shears very sharp. Now for some larger shears like this we would use this edge here and we would want to hold the blade securely and you want to make sure you hold the blade of the one that you are sharpening and then you always want to draw away from you and using this type of sharpener is when you want to just clean it up and put a nice sharp edge on it just before use. Now if you get in the shears where you start getting some pitting or some break down on the edge then you'll want to go ahead and secure it in a vice and there is a beveled edge on these shears so you have a flat side and then you have this beveled edge and whenever we are sharpening we always want to sharpen this beveled edge. So we can put it in the vice and secure it nice and firmly in the vice here and then we can use a flat file and what we want to do is we want to set the flat file at that same angle that the blade is at and then just run on down through it. We want to just make nice smooth even strokes along the blade and what that will do, that will clean that edge up, remove all the pitting and put a nice sharp edge on it. Another tool we can use is using an attachment on a dremel such as this. It has actually got a slot here that when you slide it down over the blade it puts the dremel tool at the right angle to match the angle on your blade and then you simply just turn it on and you move back and forth just holding it flat against that tool. So I'm Tim Gipson and that's how to sharpen hand shears.