In another thread Pocono mentioned to make sure that I had sharp fine point scissors. For a time now I have suspected that my scissors are not as sharp as when they were new. Same with my travel scissors. Is there anything that you do to sharpen your scissors? Is it best just to replace them?
I have a pair of Dr. Slick curved blade that I've been tying with since they were first introduced to the market. I have no idea how long I've been using them but they are still capable of trimming even the tiniest fiber from a fly.
While I have several pairs of Dr. Slick scissors, my main pair is going on 10 years of service. I don't cut wire with them, but do cut all other materials. Somewhere on YouTube, you can find the owner of Dr. Slick discussing his products. The scissors arrive from Pakistan in terrible shape, and the U.S. folks spend their work day sharpening and aligning the scissors. I think that most of my Dr. Slick scissors have a serrated edge, so I don't know how I'd sharpen those. The chain stores have forced all of the hardware stores near me to close, so that's not an option. An all-round set of Dr. Slick scissors should be around $10-$12, so.....
If you need to sharpen your scissors, most Joann Fabric and Craft stores have a sharpening service available. Typically, they have a person that comes by the stores once every 2-4 weeks and sharpens on-site, or they pick up and return scissors.
AND YES, you should have a second pair of scissors dedicated for cutting wire, tin, lead and other metals that can also be used for cutting thick quills, etc. Your fine work scissors should NEVER be used for this purpose!
Dr. Slick are good scissors, and they're available with larger finger holes which work well for some of us dudes, but when at the sewing store (admit it, you go there, it's a good place for tinsel, yarn, containers, etc.) take a look at the Gingher Embroidery scissors and if they 'fit your hand', watch the sales they regularly have 50% off one item coupons and you can get them for a decent price.
I use the Dr. Slick arrowhead scissors (check out their website; you can't get these scissors in a lot of fly shops; but you can order them through most local shops) in both straight and curved versions. Both come in two sizes; I use the smaller size. They get in close and they cut well.
The advice on having different scissors to cut tying materials is a good one. I have separate scissors that I use for wire, tinsel; anything that's not thread or hackle stem and that could dull my primary scissors. So far, two+ years on the Dr. Slick scissors and no noted dulling. Of course, I'm not a high volume tyer; probably not more that 100-150 flies per year (50% for the swaps on this forum).
I also use Dr. Slick scissors. I have two pairs, one Arrow and one gen purpose. I use the arrows for heavier cutting, or when i use super glue and foam. I also have a pair of the scissor clamps, that i keep in my fishing vest. Best part is that they all come in the prism finish.
The Dr. Slick arrow points also have a place at my bench, they are really great for when you need to get in close to the fly. For most of my tying I have been using these Anvils and they keep a razor sharp edge. I highly recommend them.
I just gotta know, did you get a pair and if so what kind???
Sorry for the late response Ard. I left for the eastern Sierras (Mammoth)on 9/4 and this is the first time since I've been on-line.
As a matter of fact I haven't gotten any new scissors. I looked at some in a fly shop yesterday (prism finish). May have to go back after those.
One of the the guys at our club told me the "Fiskar" handheld sharpeners work good. I'm curious and afraid to try them at the same time. One of my fears is ruining the scoring.