Sewing Scissors

I have a couple of pair of sewing scissors. Two are Fiskars, and will
tell the story of why I have 2 if somebody wants me to, but my main
questions is about my other pair.
I have another pair that I suppose is part of my "inheritance" from my
late mother. It is a pair of heavy duty Wiss scissors that are almost
11 inches lomg when measured from the end of the handle to the end of
the blade, and the "cutting part" of the blade is 5 inches long and
fairly heavy duty.
From a technical standpoint, I suppose the Wiss is a much better pair
of scissors, but most of the time I use the Fiskars, the reason being
that the is a little bit of rust on the Wiss but not the Fiskars.
I suppose a bit of rust on the outside isn't any big deal, but some rust
is showing up on the inside. The best idea I can think of is to perhaps
and the blade with either really fine grit sandpaper or extra fine steel
wool, treating the blade with some oil, and perhaps getting hold of a
I was also kind of wondering if, after I recondition them, if I should
make some kind of holder/protector for them.
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Brian Christiansen
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I cannot recommend a whetstone for scissors. The blade edge is not shaped right for that. I would just clean them up and see if there was anyplace l ocally to get them adjusted. If not it is a seemingly simple matter to adj ust the screw, but I bet it is not simple at all. There may be something o nline or at the library about it. In truth, these days I would bet on the library for correct information.
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Night Mist
I'd give them a rubdown with very fine steel wool and a little sewing machine oil as a lubricant to get rid of the rust, then send them out to be properly sharpened by someone who knows what they're doing. Scissors sharpening is a tricky business.
Open the scissors blades on either pair, and look at the very narrow bright line that is just under the sharp edge of the blade. That's the "ride line". If you damage or remove or grind off that line, you've got dead scissors that probably are permanently wrecked. Amateurs like me can wreck scissors very quickly with any sort of grinder. In addition, various types of scissors require different grinding angles, hard to maintain by hand without practice.
"wet" a cotton cloth with sewing machine oil and give the scissors, blades and all, inside and out, with the cloth, leaving a thin film of oil. Store the scissors, particularly if you're in a damp or salt air climate, in a closed plastic box wrapped in the oily cloth. When you're ready to use the scissors, wipe them down with a dry rag to remove excess oil and cut.
Return the scissors, wiped down again with the oily rag, to closed storage, wrapped in the cloth. The idea is to keep a thin film of oil on all the metal surfaces so rust doesn't form.
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