Pinking Shears

The dark area at the top of the blade

Before Sharpening Pinking Shears

  1. Test pinking shears by cutting 1 - 2 layers of cloth.
  2. Some pinking shears never cut new and will not cut after sharpening.
  3. Check for a lap line, if not visible do not sharpen.
  4. The dark area at the top of the blade is where the pinking shear will cut. The light area at the bottom of the blade does not cut.
Sharpening a pair of pinking shears

Sharpening Pinking Shears

  1. Set the clamp angle 0° - 10° to match current angle of the blade.
  2. If the current blade is a negative angle sharpen it at 0°.
  3. Use an permanent marker like a Sharpie® to color the top of the teeth.
  4. Install pinking shears blade in clamp with the teeth facing up.
  5. Pinkers are sharp when new grind is across the full V grooves and tips of V's come to a sharp point.
  6. Using the left hand wheel, white sharpening stone.
  7. Sharpen the first blade until all the "black" marker is removed.
  8. Sharpen other blade until all the "black" marker is removed.
  9. Remove the burrs by spreading the blades apart while closing, then pinch as you open the blades back up.
  10. Test the pinkers by cutting 1 - 2 layers of cloth, if they cut stop sharpening, you are finished.
  11. If they do not cut, install the pinker back into the clamp.
  12. Flip the clamp over and hone the blade on the right hand honing wheel.
  13. After the complete blade has been honed (shiny), cut the burr off by closing the blade on itself.
  14. Test the pinkers by cutting 1 - 2 layers of cloth, if they cut stop sharpening, you are finished.
  15. If they do not cut, hone the second blade and cut the burr off by closing the blade on itself.
  16. Test the pinkers by cutting 1 - 2 layers of cloth, if they cut stop sharpening, you are finished.
  17. If they still do not cut, hone each blade one more time and test, if they still don't cut stop sharpening, they will probably never cut.

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