Your scissors should be as sharp as your skills
Scissorsmith provides complete shear servicing, including part replacement and balancing, with specialized techniques for both convex and bevelled edge shears.
With proper care, a quality set of shears should last you many years. Even most damaged shears can be restored. It is vital that minimal steel is removed so that your scissors are with you for years to come.
Different blade types require different types of sharpening. Our hand sharpening process is crucial to preserving and restoring your shears, ensuring the most precise sharpen with the least amount of steel lost.
The Scissorsmith Sharpening Process
- Pickup of Shears
We pick up your scissors at your location and bring them to our Edmonton workshop. Pickup is free for orders of 4 or more shears.
- Pre-service inspection
A complete pre-service inspection is done to identify major areas of concern and the best sharpening method for the blade.
- Thorough cleaning
We carefully take your scissors apart for a thorough cleaning.
- Magnified inspection
Under 5X magnification and proper lighting, we complete a more thorough inspection of the blade. This is a crucial step and cannot be done with just regular eyesight alone. Only with the use of good magnification and bright lights will the scissor really reveal itself.
- Analysis of blades
We determine what steps need to be taken to bring your shears back to life. If any shear is deemed non repairable you will be contacted at this point to discuss further procedures to be taken.
The process for sharpening your shears depends on the type of blade you have. This is our process for a Japanese convex shear.
- Ride line restoration
Using a Japanese whetstone, we carefully hand restore the ride line of your scissor.
We create a new outside edge and re-convex your shear using our water-cooled slow speed honing machine that removes the slightest amount of blade steel, while making it possible to keep precise angles on your shear.
- Inside edge hand sharpening
We hone the inside edge of your blade by hand. The inside edge is hollow ground and MUST be hand honed on a Japanese waterstone to ensure there is no damage to the blade.
- Waterstone polishing
We polish the edges of your shears using a Japanese waterstone. This is the final and finest step in the sharpening process, which removes scratches and gives the blade its final shape.For texturizing shears, we follow the process for the convex blade on your shear, but also individually sharpen each tooth with a specialized hand file.For German bevelled shears, to maintain a straight edge, we use factory honing equipment to restore the ride line. Waterstones are not used for German Bevelled shears, as this can compromise the shape and quality of the blade.
- Balance, centre screw, and finger rest adjustments
We check the balance, centre screw and finger rests and replace any parts where necessary.
- Blade realignment
Your blades are fully realigned and the tension is adjusted.
- Blade tip finishing
We use a specialized microstone to finish the blade tips.
- Test cut
With Lisa’s 18 years of experience as a stylist, she knows how scissors are supposed to feel. She’ll perform a test cut on wet and dry hair to ensure the shear is in perfect condition.
- Shine it up
The shear receives a final polish and oiling, and then it’s ready to go.
- Drop off
Once the blade is up to our standards, we package it up and deliver it back to your location. You will receive your scissors one business day after we pick them up.
Each shear must meet our strict guidelines for performance and quality.