Fix It: Broken Scissors

By Liesl Clark

You choose, which pair of scissors are going to last longer?

Broken Plastic Scissors, Photo: Liesl Clark

Although the ones with the plastic handles cut a little better, they’re broken and I suspect they’ll break again. The metal pair have been around for decades and are still going strong. In the event they break apart, I might be able to entice our blacksmith friend to help repair them. If you don’t have the tools you need at home, you can take scissors for sharpening at a nearby sewing shop.

Meanwhile, I’m just questioning why the need for plastic handles? The obvious solution is to fix them, so this is simply a reminder to those of you who have plastic-handled scissors that break: Get out the Super Glue and fix ’em! (This is my second pair that’s needed repair this month, oddly.)

Scissors Fixed, Photo: Liesl Clark

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4 Comments on “Fix It: Broken Scissors”

  1. August 1, 2012 at 1:21 am #

    I have arthritis and ones with metal handles are just too heavy, sadly. Other materials could be used in theory, but I don’t recall seeing any with wooden handles. My plastic handled ones have been around for years though and I would fix them if they broke.

    • August 8, 2012 at 9:10 am #

      It’s undeniable that plastic tools are of huge benefit to people with arthritis! On the plus side, plastic scissors are far from single-use, and good pairs really can last for years without breaking. We think it makes good sense to keep the plastic pairs we already own in good use for as long as possible, through respectful use and fixes whenever necessary – It’s a whole lot better all the way ’round to have scissors working on projects than sitting in a landfill! I like the idea of a pair with wooden handles…I’m sure they’d be beautiful, and more comfy than my heavy metal pair.

  2. donnalee
    November 6, 2012 at 2:37 am #

    um what if just a little piece broke off near the joint area and I lost the little piece and now I can’t properly cut anything…please help me

    • lieslclark
      November 6, 2012 at 7:01 am #

      Oh no Donnalee! If the piece is the joint connector itself, you might be out of luck unless you can find a nut and bolt that will fit in there. And if you’ve nicked a piece of the metal, find a local blacksmith or metalworker who can re-sharpen or fix the blade. Otherwise, it might have to go into the scrap metal bin. Do let us know how it goes!
      — Liesl at Trash Backwards.

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