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Discussion in 'The DIY Tool Shed' started by Stringbanger, Jan 12, 2019 at 7:33 PM.
Buy new ones
Yes, really no way since they are pinch cutters rather than bypass.
And don't cut nails or wire hangers with 'em anymore. #learnedthehardway
I meant side cutters. No, I never used them for nails or coat hangers. Mostly for nipping guitar strings.
Slightly dull side cutters are better because the cut piece of wire gets held by the cutters instead of shooting across the room, bouncing off the ceiling. Or into your eye (ouch). Like said above, get new ones if you want sharp.
Dremel and diamond wheel.
Yep buy new ones. Unless you're an oddball like me who actually enjoys sharpening knives, tools, scissors, and everything else. Then you need some diamond files or stones to reach in small angle openings. Draw black sharpie over the blades and give a few even full strokes of the stone on each side keeping the blade angle by watching where the ink wears away.
Hard steel, not easy to sharpen, especially with short strokes in tight angle. Patience, and a good diamond file or stone.
The jaws swing in an arc and it's quite hard put a new edge on each jaw and have the jaws still meet uniformly along the edges.
As others have said, buy new ones. I recommend you pay the price for good ones which will last for a decade or so. Why not?
What he said-and if they're dull, the edge is bound to have a gouge or two in it in which case there's nothing to do but buy new. I bought a cheap pair of Craftsman side nippers to keep with my guitar stuff for trimming strings.