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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
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
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.
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.
can you send us all the address of that garage please Lovetogarden or can you hire him out please
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.
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.
Chris can you ask him exactly what he has?
I use this little gadget... http://www.amazon.co.uk/Multi-Sharp-ATT1601-Multisharp-Sharpener/dp/B0001OZH7G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1351789613&sr=8-1 and it's very effective indeed.
Kate, Will do, but at the moment he is having forty winks, he's worn out with all the decorating.
I go to my local shoe repair shop. privately owned, very useful little place.
Love to garden "Rag bone
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,
figrat thank you for that link, I will put it on my christmas wish list.
figrat, it's going on my Chriatmas list too, hope it comes with instructions though
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.
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!
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.