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01/11/2012 at 14:11
I have a really great pair of secateurs but they are getting abit blunt-can anyone recommend either how to sharpen them or somewhere I can get them sharpened or is it best to get a new pair (loathed to do this!!) cheers
01/11/2012 at 14:18

You can buy lots of devices for sharpening secateurs -check on-line or at DIY store

Most small hardware shops will have a sharpening service or will send them way to be sharpened-it just depends on cost if it worth having it done

01/11/2012 at 14:21

Definitely sharpen them.  You can buy a sharpening steel and it just takes a few minutes - at least that's what my husband does when I hand him my blunt secateurs

01/11/2012 at 14:43

I went to my local hardware shop to buy something to sharpen my secateurs and they said there was no demand so they had nothing to offer me. Can anyone suggest something that they know works.

01/11/2012 at 14:49

My OH disappears into the garage with my secateurs and comes back with them lovely and sharpe. He has got some sort of stone that he used to sharpen everything, knives, shears, scissors,.lawnmower blades, if fact I daren't say anything is blunt.

01/11/2012 at 16:11

can you send us all the address of that garage please Lovetogarden or can you hire him out please

01/11/2012 at 17:03

Allan4711. sounds as if he could make a fortune, I'll have to hire him out

Years ago there used to be knife sharpeners that came round the streets, they would sharpen scissors knives, etc. I suppose as we now  live in a throw away society, quite sad really, they're gone the same way as the rag and bone man.


01/11/2012 at 17:08

We have a knife-sharpening man , Mr Moss, who comes round every few months, he does my garden implements and axe but I don't give him my best knives and dressmaking scissors.

01/11/2012 at 17:09

Chris can you ask him exactly what he has?

01/11/2012 at 17:13
01/11/2012 at 17:14

Kate, Will do, but at the moment he is having forty winks, he's worn out with all the decorating.

01/11/2012 at 17:24

I go to my local shoe repair shop. privately owned, very useful little place.

01/11/2012 at 17:31

Love to garden "Rag bone 

01/11/2012 at 17:34

Love to garden sorry my pc is in winter mode , i can here him now horse and cart "Rag bone, ragbone, goldfish for rags ,goldfish for rags,, days gone bye,

01/11/2012 at 20:10

figrat thank you for that link, I will put it on my christmas wish list.

01/11/2012 at 22:32

figrat, it's going on my Chriatmas list too, hope it comes with instructions though

01/11/2012 at 22:35

Figrat  ----   That little gadget looks very handy, I think there will be a rush on to buy them. They are also available on Ebay.

Kate,---- I think Figrat has probably supplied you with the ideal solution.My OH uses something called a wetstone, and oil, sounds messy to me.


01/11/2012 at 23:29

We have these people called The Tinkers who come in their van in the spring for a week or so and sharpen everything, including my ancient paper cutter! I touch things up with a stone in between times. Having sharp tools is a delight!

02/11/2012 at 00:06
I think it quite easy to sharpen secateurs. If you have a pair you are loathe to part with I think you should see if anyone locally can do this. Because I constantly lose, mis- use and abuse mine I seem to purchase new secateurs almost every year but I used to sharpen them annually. Many secateurs are now sold with a spare set of blades. I'm afraid I use secateurs to cut too-thick branches as well as wire, such is my foolishness in this regard.
02/11/2012 at 17:40

I sharpen all our knives, secateurs, anything with blades, myself - my father taught me. My friends warn each other about my knives etc., as they are all extremely sharp - so much safer that way.  Secateurs are easy enough to do - the little gadget shwn earlier works well, as does the one that looks like a pen and clips in your pocket for a quick rub up between jobs. 

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