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Fiskars Desktop Scissors Sharpener (98617397)
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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful
on September 21, 2010
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We received this in a very timely manner. and it's a nice little sharpener. We use our scissors on some heavy grade vinyl. We can dull any scissor in a hour or so, but with this sharpener after a couple swipes, we are back in business ( we build vinyl items for disaster relief, up to tents that hold 500 people). After sharpening we can cut more delicate stuff without problems. We had been buying new scissors every 2 months and since we got this sharpener we haven't even thought about buying another pair. Our suggestion....If your looking for a item to extend the life of sewing or kitchen shears....Buy this one:)
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
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This handy little scissors sharpener does what it is supposed to, and with just a few swipes sharpens scissors easily. It is light and easy to store in a drawer. You put the scissors in the two slots like you're cutting something, and then you close the scissors and--voila!--the scissors are sharpened after a few "cuts" or swipes. You don't need to line anything up because the slots do it for you.

It can be adapted to be used either right-handed or left-handed. The instructions that come with the sharpener says that it can be used on "any stainless steel scissors that have a 30 degree cutting edge angle". I used mine on all of my scissors, which appear to be aluminum or some other inexpensive metal (I doubt they are stainless steel) and they sharpened them just fine. It does however also say not to use this sharpener with left-handed scissors or scissors with specialty edges. I think that this would be best used on any type of inexpensive scissors that most of us have around the house for general and craft use. It will save you lots of money in the long run because your scissors will last and last and while they last they'll be nice and sharp!

Highly recommended.
*****
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on June 26, 2011
This is a GREAT edger for Fiskar scissors. This product will work for everyone, however, not for every pair of scissors. Some scissors may be too far gone, and, I suspect, that's why there are some poor reviews.

Basically, there are two steps to truly sharpening a pair of scissors -- creating the edge, and truing the edge. As you cut with a sharp blade (scissors, or knife) the edge becomes microscopically bent over into a curl. So, eventually your need to "true" the edge, or make it flat and straight again. That's what this tool does. Similarly, using a sharpening steel does this for a knife.

The edge can be trued many, many times, before you actually need to grind an entirely new edge. But eventually, if the edge is too degraded (nicks, or just too blunt), the only solution is to grind an entirely new edge. But this tool, or any of the other Fiskar edgers, will keep well-used Fiskar scissors or snips in good shape for years! I use my scissors daily, and I have pairs that are six or seven years old!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on September 25, 2010
I have this item, although I didn't buy from Amazon. It does what it claims to do! Brings any dull scissors back to life with a few swipes in the sharpener. I threw out my plug-in sharpener for this small item that fits into my "everything" drawer in the kitchen. Get it....you'll be pleased that you did!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on January 21, 2011
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What I expected for about 12 dollars. Works well. Sometimes I have to take it apart and put a metal roller back in place. I do use it often and all my scissors are sharp including scissors that I use to give the dog a trim.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on November 21, 2012
I see there are a number of positive reviews for this sharpener. My experience has been just the opposite. Perhaps it's a matter of quality control, because I've tried using the Friskars for sharpening a variety of scissors with little or no success. My unit was USELESS! Dull in, dull out. Find another way, even if it costs more.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on November 15, 2010
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This sharpener has given new life to all my scissors. I do a great deal of sewing and must have sharp scissors to cut fabric. Wish I had purchased this a long time ago. Highly recommend this product and it is very easy to use.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on February 24, 2011
after reading the overall good reviews i purchased this item. after using it 1 day the product broke into pieces. it is made of cheap hollow plastic. very flimsy. not recommended for purchase
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on July 26, 2010
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It put the edge back into several pair of scissors I had around. Cheap fix to what can be and expensive replacement.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 2013
I purchase this from the fabric store thinking I would benefit from sharpening my sewing shears for a chiffon-based project. I cannot stress this enough-- do not bother with this purchase.
I first attempted this process on my sewing shears. There was no noticeable change in the sharpness; however, there was change in the sense that my expensive shears now have a dead spot that will not cut through anything.
Concerned that I botched the process somehow, I attempted the process again on a spare pair of cheaper scissors. I followed the instructions precisely, but the scissors came out completely ruined. They will not cut anything now.

After ruining two pairs of scissors, I stuck the sharpener back in its package and it is going right back to the store. Sure, I'll get my $8 back, but I am now also out $30 in the scissors' cost. Don't waste your money too.
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