Use a slipstone – a small hand version of an oilstone – to sharpen scissors. Lightly oil the stone and rub it backwards and forwards along- the cutting edge of the scissor blade until the edge is sharpened. Turn the blade round and. Keeping the slipstone fiat against the blade, rub it again to remove any slight burrs along the cutting edge. Repeat the process on the other blade.
Use an oilstone to sharpen knives. Rub the knife blade backwards and forwards along the length of the stone, turning it on each stroke to follow the existing angle of the cutting edge. Finish off the job by holding a slipstone almost flat against the cutting edge and. Working away from the sharpened edge, lightly rub down each side of the blade. This will remove any small burrs in the metal and hone the cutting edge.