Thursday, April 11, 2013
Reader Question: Will Tissue Paper Dull My Shears?
Yesterday I wrote about using tissue paper to stabilize slippery fabrics for cutting. A few readers brought up the question: "Won't using this method dull my shears?"
It's come to my attention over the years that my attitude on this subject is more lax than others'. I would never use my shears for the purpose of cutting regular paper, but cutting tissue with them does not bother me one bit. Here's the reason: any use--short of leaving your shears sitting unused in a drawer--will dull them. Think about kitchen knives. Even if you only use them for their intended purpose--slicing and chopping food--they dull considerably over time.
In the same way, even just cutting fabric dulls your shears. That's why shears (and knives) must be sharpened periodically. (You can actually take your shears to a knife sharpener, FYI.)
Yes, cutting tissue paper will contribute to the gradual dulling of your shears. But it will not make them irreversibly dull. Get them sharpened, and they'll be as good as new! In my opinion, using tissue paper makes cutting silks about 1000 times easier and more accurate, which is worth the slight extra dulling of my scissors. Though, honestly, I haven't noticed them getting any duller than usual with the use of tissue paper.
My problem is remembering to take my shears in periodically for sharpening! But it must be done.
What do you think, readers?