My garden shears are blunt - how do I sharpen the blade?
Lisa from Manchester
Garden season is upon us. All those bushes need trimming back. You might have the edges of the lawn to need clipping, or go around the rose bush or something. You get your shears out of your garden shed or wherever you keep your garden tools, in the garage, and you find that they’re blunt and they’re not cutting cleanly through the branch. One ideal tool to use is the multi-sharpener, which I have here, which has a Tungsten Carbide cutting edge here, which is very useful and also has, in the end of it, a little dispenser with oil in – because after you’ve sharpened your blade, to stop it going rusty, you need to re-oil the blade. You’ve got a two-in-one here.
On this tool here, you have the sharpening edge. I’m just putting a pair of safety gloves on. You basically hold the shears like this and with one action, down two or three times down each blade. Turn it over and you’ll find now they will be really, really sharp.
After you finish sharpening, before you put the garden shears away, to stop them rusting, a useful point with this tool is that in the end here is a little oiler. There’s some light oil in here. You literally wipe it down, wipe it down, and you can see the oil. Wipe it down, wipe it down. You can now put them away with the cutting edge oiled. The next time you come to use them, they won’t be rusty. They’ll be nice and sharp, ready for some good gardening.