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Discussions About Fly Tying Methods, Techniques and Tips
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by defranksflies » Thu Oct 22, 2009 7:10 am
Use a hard foam nail file, the ones that have 4 types of grit on them, they are 3/4" wide and 1/8" thick, not the real thick ones, they tend to be slightly rounded not flat.
Open your scissors, lay the file card on the bottom blade until the shadow disapears, this means that you are at the angle of the blade in which you want to file and make a slow steady stroke forward. Do not press hard with the file, allow it to do the work and you will be more accurate keeping the angle as you make the stroke forward. Repeat a few time on each blade with coarse and finer grit as needed.
by fishes-with-fly » Wed Jan 27, 2010 11:28 am
Sharpen them yourself with a diamond dust file. I sent a pair out to be sharpened one time, which turned out to be the last time. The sharpened them just fine but they took too much off of one side and the tips of the blades were gapped. They are now my scissors for cutting wire.
by Fishndude » Wed Jan 27, 2010 4:01 pm
Scissors should only be sharpened on one side - or they get "gapped," as you describe. Good scissors are easy to find, and not terribly expensive. I spent $5 on a nice pair of surgical scissors, about 30 years ago, and they are still dangerously sharp. I have cut a lot of stuff with them in that time. Hair-cutting scissors are very nice, but pricey. They are self-sharpening, which is why people who cut hair are constantly snipping them, even when they are not actually cutting hair.
by garthman » Mon Nov 08, 2010 9:10 pm
Dan Cottrell at New Edge in Orville Ohio does a great job on putting an edge on tying scissors. Call him at 1-330-201-3138 to get a mailer sent to you. I think I paid $7.00 to have mine sharpened, and they are better than when I first got them.
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