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Futura

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Too far gone?
« on: September 22, 2020, 04:46:49 PM »
My husband has recently decided he'd like to join me in sewing pursuits. I bought him a pair of 7n Wiss tailor's shears due to the size of his hands.

They arrived today but sadly appear to have been sharpened by an amateur... It appears a sizeable chunk of the blades has been ground off.

What would you recommend? Return them (they were described as being in "excellent condition") or is there any chance of saving them?

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Re: Too far gone?
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2020, 04:48:39 PM »
The photos don't seem to be uploading. Hmmm.

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Re: Too far gone?
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2020, 04:50:07 PM »
Still no luck uploading images. Must be time to get some sleep!

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Re: Too far gone?
« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2020, 07:19:35 PM »
Futura,

If they are junk, send them back, a pair that has been butchered are not worth owning. Have a hunt around on eBay see what is available if any. The big Wiss and Heinisch shears are getting harder to get, particularly in good condition but you can be lucky accasionally.
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Re: Too far gone?
« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2020, 11:21:03 PM »
Check to see if the images are jpeg. If not you might have to convert them.

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« Reply #8 on: September 24, 2020, 01:42:11 PM »
Thanks for your replies. Somehow I was able to upload photos now. The problem may have been with my very slow internet connection through my phone.

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Re: Too far gone?
« Reply #9 on: September 25, 2020, 09:19:07 AM »
Futura,

That pair are saveable, there is enough blade left to work properly. When you can still see the inlay line there is plenty of life left in them. They look like a pair made in the 1950s and they are really well made, good hinge design and the steel in the blades is hard enough to last for a long time.

Whoever did this sharpened them like tinsnips where with fabric, the angle needs to be a lot higher, these look to be about 10 or 15 degrees, you can safely set the angle at about 30 degrees and they cut with a lot less effort.

Don't give up on them, if they are sharpened properly and used correctly you should get another 50 years out of them.
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Re: Too far gone?
« Reply #10 on: October 18, 2020, 03:21:27 PM »
Hutch,

Many thanks for your helpful reply. Apologies for my late reply - a painfully slow internet connection doesn't help!

We have kept the shears and will look into getting them resharpened properly. They will cut cloth as is. Maybe I can send them off to Ernest Wright, as I haven't found anyone trustworthy locally. My husband said if they last another 50 years, that's good enough for him!

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« Reply #11 on: October 19, 2020, 05:17:40 AM »
> a painfully slow internet connection doesn't help!

Been there, done that, fortunately it was a long time ago.

Ernest Wright are a good company, if you send it to the, tell them what happened and that you want the minimum taken off them, they will know what to do.

> My husband said if they last another 50 years, that's good enough for him!

Now don't be without ambition, sharpened properly and looked after they should not only outlast you but will still be around when the great grand kids want to use them for digging the garden or cutting up some polymer that does not exist yet.  ;D
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