Sharpening Fly Tying Scissors

I made this post to announce that I will be adding a new service at my fly tying table this year at any shows and events where I am presenting:

~ Fly Tying Scissors Sharpening Service ~

I will sharpen your fly tying scissors, all types with metal blades, at my table at the shows while you wait or enjoy the show. The charge is $3.00 per pair.

It is actually pretty simple, if you want to learn how to do this, I’ll demonstrate the method and show you what tools you need to do this yourself, both of which can be acquired for less than $15.

When I was a boy I carried a pocket knife with me to school. Try that nowadays. I was also a boy scout, and my dad hunted and fished. In addition, dad was a pretty decent cook, and always made the meals when we had a gang at the farm for hunting seasons and other occasions. My dad could use a steel to sharpen knives in a way that, when I was a boy, looked magical. In my father’s skilled hands the blade flew over the surface of the steel in a fast rhythmic action at just the right angle to feather the edge of the knife. My brother and I were also helping to butcher deer while in junior high school. The fact that I owned my own pocket knife combined with my father’s instruction concerning all things with a cutting edge eventually produced a kid who could sharpen his own knives. Through the natural progression of my learning experience I also learned to sharpen hatchets, axes, chain saws, utility knife blades, scissors, pretty much anything with a cutting blade.

I have had the same pair of fly tying scissors for 20 years. They are obviously my favorite pair, the ones I use for 90% of my tying.  If I did not occasionally sharpen them they would have been replaced.
I always try to have a nice display at the shows and I also try to think of new ways to present my products, and in this economy I got the idea that sharpening scissors would be another service, kind of exclusive because I can’t say I know many other tiers who sharpen their own scissors.