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Thread: Sharpen your rotary cutter on WHAT?:)

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    I just read a 'helpful' hint in the cyber world and this individual said that you can sharpen your rotary cutter by cutting thru a pile of alumn. foil! Okay....who has done this or who dares to give it a whirl??:)I'm thinking not! Skeat

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    I have one of those round thingies that you place the blade in and turn. It has something like sand paper on the inside. It works well, but doesn't hold the sharpness for long. Just bought me a new cutter after using the old one for 12 years.

    I have never tried the foil cutting, but may try it on the old one! :D


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    I will have to try that on my dull blades! Also sand paper, who knows it "might" work!

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    yes it works, i sharpened my scissors on foil..

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    Just thinking about it makes my teeth hurt!

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    OK, I'm willing to try almost anything. I just don't understand how it works!!!!

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    I've either heard or read about that. Haven't tried it though.

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    It works! It may not hold the sharpness for long, but it will get you little extra out of your blade.

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    Before there were rotary blades people(my husband included) sharpened knives on a soap stone. My mom always sharpens hers on a crock.

    I learned this aluminum foil trick a few years ago and it does work.
    Basically you need some surface that will be abrasive against the metal blade(knife or rotary).

    I have sharpened small scissors by cutting foil and it will work. It is not as efective as a store bought sharpener.

    You can buy a rotary cutter sharpener and they work great!! I have used one and keep one on hand all the time. It really extends the life of your blades! And we do a lot of cutting!!!

    I use Tri Sharp dual rotary blade sharpener. I got mine at Joann's and i saw they have them online. They are worth the investment!
    You can also buy replacements for the circles that do the sharpening.

    But if you don't want to spend the money the foil does work!

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    My problem is I never have a dull blade. My blades all get a nick before they get dull. I either hit the edge of the ruler or run over a pin or something. I don't bother with trying to fix the blades anymore. I stock up on sale blades and keep right on cutting.

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