Mobile & Mail Order Sharpening

                                  hairstyling scissors, shears, knives, cuticle nippers, tweezers

                        Certified: Master Sharpener by                            National Shear  Sharpeners Guild  


I  restore the cutting edge

remove nicks in the blade

fix bent scissors balance the blades

replace damaged or missing parts

on-site or mail order scissor sharpening available

Laser Angle GaugeAre your scissors & shears sharpened at a proper angle? I can show you with my laser angle gauge.

Hairstyling Scissor & Shear Sharpening
Is a
Science Is an Art

Both are true.
Science: is the goals that need to be achieved.
Art:  is how to reach the goals.

Are all scissor & shear sharpeners the same? Definitely Not!                           3 things make a hairstyling scissor cut well:

  1. The sharpened angle should be 45 degrees or sharper.
    The correct angle should be easy, but I've seen many sharpeners who don't even come close. (See below in Getting Technical.)

  2. The hone line--the flat spot on the inside edge of the scissor blade--must be thin and smooth.            A thin smooth, hone line-that takes a lot of skill. Otherwise the scissors will not open and close smoothly, and the blades will dull quickly.

  3. The scissor blades must be bent slightly towards each other. It is called the "set" or "balance."         This is the most difficult to accomplish. If the blades don't meet properly, the scissors won't cut well, especially towards the tips.

~ I do these things very well. I make scissors incredibly sharp, with your choice of mail order scissor sharpening or on-site services in the LA area.

I can create an edge design especially for Point Cutting, or Blunt Cutting or Slide Cutting. The right edge design makes great hair cuts easier and more precise.

Righty & Lefty Scissor Sharpening... I put a proper factory edge whether it is beveled or convex. I know how difficult it is to find sharpener who does it correctly.

I have the equipment and expertise to sharpen your Japanese hairstyling scissors & shears and German hairdressing scissors like new. I have been sharpening scissors & shears since 1981 --  $25.00 each pair of scissors.

Over time, bad sharpeners can damage good scissors. What are you going to do with those scissors you used to love? Buy new ones?

NO have me sharpen them so you can love them again.

Call for an appointment in Los Angeles County 800-725-3246.                                Or, Package your scissors, and send them to me at:                                           Sidney Rubinstein, 9026 Guess St. Rosemead, CA 91770-1902

Getting Technical

There are two forces acting on the hair as a scissor closes--one to cut the hair, and one to push the hair out of the scissor. Forty-five degrees is the angle at which the cutting force becomes greater than the pushing force.

While there is more to sharpening a hairstyling scissor than getting the correct angle, you can see why your scissor will not perform at its best if it isn't sharpened at 45 degrees (or sharper). I am not saying that at a different angle, you scissor will not cut hair, but it is not going to feel the same. In fact I can make different edges depending on the use of the scissors; Slide cutting, Point cutting, Blunt cutting in addition to razor sharp edges. The right edge design makes hair cutting easier and more precise.I was a hairstylist for many years, so I speak from experience.

When you hand me a pair of scissors to be sharpened, I inspect each part as I disassemble it at my work bench. Screws, washers, I check for nicks in the blade. I hold the blade against a "straight edge" to inspect the "set" (bend). I measure the cutting angle with my laser angle gauge. I visually follow the curves. A Japanese scissor is full of curves. The blades are bent slightly (the "set"). The cutting edge has a 800mm lengthwise curvature, and the outside of the blade curves into the cutting edge. Sometimes, the angle of the cutting edge changes as it gets closer to the tips. These curves, first have to be recognized, and then, providing they are correct, they should be followed. My Rapid Edge Machine is great, it shapes, it smooth's, it polishes, but it all comes down to me. I see the dings and the curves; from experience, I know how to follow the curves, and finesse your scissors into cutting flawlessly.

A scissor becomes dull for a variety of reasons. You may have done a lot of hair cuts. The scissor may have fallen on the floor. There could be a nick in the blade, the scissor won't cut properly past the nick. The screw could be misaligned, or too loose or too tight. The washer might be damaged or missing. These are just the most obvious problems, but I can think of a dozen other reasons a pair of scissors cut poorly. There are specific remedies for each problem. The trick is to know which ones to apply. For example, a slight change in the bend (set or balance) of the scissor blade can change it from bending the hair to cutting perfectly.

Since I began sharpening scissors in 1981, I have successfully dealt with all these kinds of damage. I do all the things you hope a scissor sharpener is capable of doing. I restore the cutting edge, remove nicks in the blade, fix bent scissors, corrugate edges, and align handles. I am an expert. I use a state-of-the-art, water-cooled, five-head honing machine. I have more tools than I want to count. If your scissor can be renewed, I have the equipment, and the experience, to do it right. I am mobile; I work in my van for on site appointment, or can handle mail-order scissor sharpening as well, with your scissors returned fast.             

Call for an appointment in Los Angeles  County 1-800-725-3246        

 ***or - Package your scissors up, and send them to me for mail order scissor sharpening***

Sidney 9026 Guess Street Rosemead, CA 91770