Completing Your Sharpening Toolset With the Scissor Attachment
The Scissor Attachment
This tool is without a doubt our most underrated, undersold, and one of the best built pieces of equipment that Edge Pro produces. It is constructed from high quality 6061 T6 anodized aluminum and stainless steel parts. Featuring a full range at 130 degrees of angle adjustment, it now fits both the Edge Pro Apex and Professional models
Whether you're sharpening for yourself or as a part time business, if you do not have the scissor attachment, you are not using your Edge Pro to its fullest potential.
The name, "Scissor Attachment" is an understatement. It was originally called the "Scissor Chisel Attachment", which was also an understatement. If we were to name all of its capabilities in the title it would be a mouthful.
You know that perfect edge that your Edge Pro Knife Sharpener has been creating on all of your knives? You can create an equally stunning edge on any scissor, hair styling shear, plane blade (up to 2 1/4" wide), any length planer blade, loppers, pruners, flat chisels, and most gouges. We've used this attachment to sharpen other random tools as well. One of our customers in Alaska landed a lucrative gig sharpening ice auger blades using his Scissor Attachment.
If you are intimidated by the thought of trying to sharpen something other than knives, you shouldn't be. Most of the skills you will need have already been acquired through sharpening knives.
Setting the angle, choosing an abrasive, feeling for a burr, then ultimately removing the burr should be a familiar process you've learned through sharpening knives. If you can perform those fundamental steps then you're only a step or two away from being able to expand your sharpening capabilities on to many other types of tools.
The other skill that you need and probably already have, is the ability to take some tools apart and put them back together. Some scissors and tools (not all) may need to be taken apart in order to be sharpened. This will usually require some additional tools (screwdriver, wrench, etc).
Sharpening Tips for Your Scissor Attachment
Sharpening Tip #1
Make sure you pay close attention when taking tools apart, putting some tools back together can be tricky if you weren't paying attention when you were disassembling them. It's also wise to take them apart directly above a small box, or above a clean surface. This way if any small screws, washers, or bearings fall out they can be easily retrieved.
Sharpening Tip #2
Begin with a pair of common household scissors. They're simple, and most of the time you don't even have to take them apart. Beginning with something easy will build your confidence for more challenging tools.
Sharpening Tip #3
When sharpening scissors, double-check your sharpening angle with the marker when you move on to the second blade. Sometimes one blade is sharpened at a different angle than the other.
Sharpening Tip #4
Remove the burr on the inside of scissors by holding them flat on a fine stone or polishing tape. DO NOT bevel the inside edge of any scissor. Beveling the inside edge of scissors will cause material to slide between the blades instead of cutting.
How do I set the sharpening angle when using the scissor attachment? Using a felt tipped marker (sharpie) spread some ink along the bevel. Using the 600-grit stone, take a couple of light strokes. The ink will be removed where the stone is riding and making contact. This will tell you if you need to raise your sharpening angle, or lower your sharpening angle. The angle will be properly set when the ink is removed along the bevel, and clear out to the edge of the blade.