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What’s The Best Method For Sharpening Sir Cutters?

Discussion in 'The DIY Tool Shed' started by Stringbanger, Jan 12, 2019 at 7:33 PM.

  1. Jupiter

    Jupiter Telefied Silver Supporter

    Jun 22, 2010
    Osaka, Japan
  2. RodeoTex

    RodeoTex Poster Extraordinaire

    Sep 14, 2005
    Nueces Strip
    ^^^ this.

    Yes, really no way since they are pinch cutters rather than bypass.
     
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  3. Jupiter

    Jupiter Telefied Silver Supporter

    Jun 22, 2010
    Osaka, Japan
    And don't cut nails or wire hangers with 'em anymore. #learnedthehardway
     
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  4. Stringbanger

    Stringbanger Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Jan 18, 2013
    West O' Philly, PA
    I meant side cutters. No, I never used them for nails or coat hangers. Mostly for nipping guitar strings.
     
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  5. denny

    denny Tele-Holic Gold Supporter

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    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.
     
  6. aerhed

    aerhed Tele-Afflicted

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  7. OtherTom

    OtherTom Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 5, 2010
    State College PA
    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.

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  8. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Hard steel, not easy to sharpen, especially with short strokes in tight angle. Patience, and a good diamond file or stone.
     
  9. archetype

    archetype Fiend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Jun 4, 2005
    Williamsville NY
    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?
     
  10. HappyHwy1owner

    HappyHwy1owner Tele-Meister

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    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.
     
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