General Scissors

Scissors are sharpened according to the angles shown below.

Unless the scissors need to have a really honed edge, honing is not recommended for scissors. Stop after the sharpening step (but with a high grit level - 1,000 or so).

Some scissors have differing angles for the Thumb Blade (shown in red on the picture below) vs. the Fingers Blade (shown in blue on the picture below). In those cases, separate angles are shown in the table below.

The picture to the right shows a sectional view of the cutting blade.

General Guidelines
Type Thumb Fingers Notes
General Scissors 120°
Bandage scissors 110°
Cast iron paper scissors 95 - 195°
Children's safety scissors 90°
Cuticle scissors 115 - 120°
Nail scissors 115 - 120°

Notes & Comments
  • When sharpening scissors, it is recommended to use the vertical position with the grindstone rotating towards the blade. This keeps the SVX-150 properly aligned to the grindstone. (If you use the horizontal position, the grindstone will pull the scissors away from the jig.)

    However, if you are sharpening left-handed scissors and they cannot be disassembled into the two pieces, you will need to sharpen from the horizontal position as the piece not being sharpened would interfere with the process otherwise (it would hit the Tormek machine).

  • Steve Bottorff has been kind enough to let me present information that he has gathered from many years of expert sharpening experience. His web site ( contains additional information that could be useful, including instructional videos and manuals.
    • One of his great documents is Scissor Sharpening, and this page really offers great instructions for the sharpener.

  • Use of diamond wheels is not recommended. The sharpness of the angle for sharpening can damage the wheel. (And the SG grindstone works quite well.)

  • When sharpening salon or barber scissors, the Tormek is not recommended. Instead, a specialized tool lie the Hira-To Flat Hone Sharpening Machine. If you do choose to sharpen these scissors on the Tormek, be sure to use the SJ Japanese Waterstone.

Good videos showing use of the Tormek SVX-150 Scissors Jig:

Tormek Live Sharpening Class - Part 2. Axe & scissors sharpening

Sebastien and Wolfgang from Tormek will go through sharpening of axes and scissors.

Jeff Farris - Scissor Sharpening with Tormek
Steve Bottorff - Sharpening Scissors on the Tormek Wet Grinder
Tormek Scissors Jig SVX-150
Tormek AngleMaster WM-200

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