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Thread: Sharpening blades

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    Sharpening blades

    A while back (and I don't remember where) I saw an ad for something that could be used to sharpen the round razor blades. I just thought of this as I was once again putting in a new blade. Those blades aren't cheap! So I'm wondering if anyone has ever used anything to sharpen the blades.
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    JoAnns sells a gadget that's inexpensive and works pretty well on rotary cutting blades. I don't remember what it's called but you could find it in either the quilting notions, the regular notions wall, or perhaps by the rotary cutting tools. Ask someone, that always works too.
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    I have never found ANYTHING that works better than a new blade. I even had someone who had access to machinery that sharpens equipment and they STILL were not that sharp. I just have to be careful in not hitting any corners of my acrylic ruler.
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    When/if you find that these blade sharpeners don't work well for you, you can buy 45mm blades in 5 or 10 packs for a good price at Hancocks of Paducah. And they are on sale right now!

    http://www.hancocks-paducah.com/s.nl...ACEMENT+BLADES

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    Nothing I have tried has worked. I paid a hefty price for one that made burrs on the blade. Best bet is to find a reliable source for new blades and bless the worn out one and let it go. froggintexas

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    I've heard of a few things, but am too chicken to try. Would rather have a proper new one.
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    I bought a blade sharpener and never got it to work right. Get new ones!
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    First, nothing is as good as a fresh-from-the-package new blade. But I have the Grace Company Tru Sharp electric sharpener and it does an okay job. Of course you could buy quite a few new blades for the cost so if you want to try it, wait until JoAnns has a 50% coupon.

    I also found 5 packs of blades at Walmart online for under $20(in the US.)
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    I have a sharpener and use it quite a bit. I have a cutter labeled "2" (meaning re-used blade) and use it for trimming and cutting paper. I would not use it for cutting fabric, but it does help save my "good new" blades.
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    If you sharpen a sharp blade it will never dull. It's hard to sharpen a dull blade.
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    Mahalo for the head's up! That's a super price on the ten pack!

    Peeps! There's also a code for $20 off if you spend $100 or more. Easy to do if you love batik jelly rolls as much as I do: they are also on sale.

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    Used my late husband's knife sharpening stone on a pair of scissors where there was a tiny, tiny nick and it improved greatly. Might try that on a blade with part of it taped off for to hold onto it.

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    Has anyone tried sharpening blades with foil?

    http://www.u-createcrafts.com/how-to...-rotary-blade/

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    I haven't found any sharpening tool to work well. A dull blade or knife is MUCH more dangerous than a sharp one! Buy new rotary blades in packs of 5 or 10 on eBay and stay safe!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Onebyone View Post
    If you sharpen a sharp blade it will never dull. It's hard to sharpen a dull blade.
    Umm guess I'm missing the point. Why would you sharpen a sharp blade?

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    Worth a shot!
    Quote Originally Posted by thrums View Post
    Has anyone tried sharpening blades with foil?

    http://www.u-createcrafts.com/how-to...-rotary-blade/

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    I bought the USA Sharpeners orbital blade sharpener. $30 and I have been very disappointed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skyangel View Post
    I bought the USA Sharpeners orbital blade sharpener. $30 and I have been very disappointed.
    I had the exact experience. Gave it away at a guild free table.

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    I read that Harbor Salvage Freight sells a blade that they refer to as a rug cutting blade for a few dollars and the couple of times I have read a review the product...those who liked it seemed more in the majority. I have personally found that if you watch the auction sites and buy in quantity...you can do better than almost any sale. Resharpening is a true art and I would strongly suggest to buy new.

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