Some Materials for Testing Sharpened Scissors and Shears
Your scissors are now very sharp. Close them several times normally, wipe clean, and test as follows:
Pinking Shears: 1 to 2 layers, 8 to 11 oz. double knit cloth
Kitchen Shears: 3 to 4 layers, 8 to 11 oz. double knit cloth
Industrial Scissors: 4 or more layers, 8 to 11 oz. double knit cloth
Fabric Scissors: 6 or more layers, 8 to 11 oz. double knit cloth
Knife Edge Shears: 2 to 24 layers, 8 to 11 oz. double knit cloth
Paper Scissors: test on 2 layers of newspaper
Barber Shears: 1 layer paper towel or hair if available
Thinning Shears: 1 layer of 20lb copy paper or paper towel
Surgical Shears: 1 layer of latex rubber
Some latex has talcum powder on it and must be wiped off both shears & latex. Cutting 1 layer of heavy nylon tricot will test for burrs. If scissors do not perform properly, hone or resharpen if needed. With a little practice, you should be able to sharpen 20 to 30 pairs an hour. Industrial scissors for hard to cut materials will be covered in a later post.
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