Scissor Sharpening At the Farmer’s Market

Can we talk about how I am loathe to get my scissors sharpened? I just hate taking them to Joann’s for sharpening and being without them for a week or more at a time. In fact, I have a few pairs of scissors. Why? Because instead of giving up scissors for sharpening, I would just go and buy another sharp pair on a 50 percent off day at Joanns. I do plan on buying some nice Kai scissors soon though 🙂

That being said, I was thrilled when a colleague told me that there was while you wait scissors sharpening at the Baltimore Farmer’s Market. Well, she told me they sharpened knives and I thought ‘SCISSORS!’.

I’ve been meaning to go for months now but couldn’t seem to put my hands on the two that needed sharpening until this morning…

The Farmer’s Market is pretty awesome if I do say so myself. Lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, live performers, prepared foods and general Baltimore goodness. This morning I ran into several people I know too, a frenemy, kids in my fellowship, colleagues and a blog reader (I should start wearing make up out the house for these things. Especially if I’m going to see frenemies).

The owner told me this is his first year at the market and he’s loving it! He said he’s sharpened thousands of Fiskars and that my Ginghers are good spring loaded scissors. The Ginghers cost a little more to sharpen since they don’t separate like the Fiskars.

He told me to come back in 30 minutes. So, I walked around the market getting some food for the week (and coffee and fresh made donuts for breakfast).

I am so making a peach cobbler today.  And, fried green tomatoes with grilled corn. Mmmm.

My scissors were done in 30 mins for $12 total. And, they are cutting like buttah. Not bad! Thank you Pro Edge Sharpening!

Next time I’ll take my chef’s knife, craft nips and my duckbill embroidery scissors 🙂


  1. Wow, how fabulous . . . a great farmers market and scissors sharpening!! You’re a fabulous ambassador for the city of Baltimore, by the way! (Oh, treat yourself to the Kai shears . . . they’re amazing!!!)

  2. Well that is very handy get your produce etc. and get your scissors or knives sharpened while you do your shopping :O). I too never take my scissors in as I don’t like leaving them!

    I am loving your word… “frenemy” good one! I think I may have to borrow that!

  3. So funny, I feel the same way. I have several pairs of scissors and pinking shears for the same reason. What I don’t get is why don’t I put the ones in when I get the new sharp ones? Go figure. It’s one of the things I like about rotary cutters, instant sharp blade!

  4. Oh wow, your Joann’s hoards your scissors for a week? RUDE. The guy at mine only takes about 15 minutes, tops. I can’t imagine being without my shears for a week, they are sewing lifeblood!

    That is so cool that you can get your stuff sharpened at the farmer’s market. I wish ours had that option, it would make it 100x better (and it’s already pretty awesome).

  5. Glad you had a good experience, but when possible, it’s probably better to send good fabric cutting scissors to specialists. I once had a class with Kenneth King, a well known sewing expert and prof. at F.I.T. He’s all about thrift, including explaining in a book how to make your own steamer (I’d have been scared to try it, but in any event, I already owned a Jiffy).

    I asked him what I should do with my Gingher scissors. He said to send them to Gingher. I’ve taken them to local places in the Garment District in NY, but when I have time, I will send them to Gingher.

    A spare pair of shears is a necessity.

    • Glad you had a good experience at the flea market. I have many scissors and had terrible local experiences. I sent mine off to Gingher and they returned nice and tight, shinny, and as sharp as they were when I purchased them. I sent 5 pair and got them back in a week or so. I am sooooo pleased.

  6. I heart you so much for this info!!! I refuse to take my scissors to joann, and was dreading sending them to Gingher even though I had awesome service in the past. I’m def. there next Sunday…

  7. When I was young back in the 50’s, there was a man who carried a grind stone and stand on his back. He would come around and set up shop on the corner of Charles and
    Randall Sts. All the knives, hatchets, awls, and other sharp instruments would be

    sharpened while you watched. After the customers left, he folded up his stand and went to another location. Years later when we lived in Napoli Italy, There was a man who carried a whee….Awww, you know the rest of the story. Wait until I tell u of the cobbler..

  8. I love the Baltimore Farmer’s Market and go every time I visit. Now I have to remember to pack my scissors. Thanks for the tip…and the word “frenemy” because I have a couple of those.

  9. Do treat yourself to Kai shears. They are amazing. I have two pair now and have never had to have them sharpened. The difference between Kai and Gingher is amazing — and this from a woman with a drawer filled with Ginghers (which I almost never use now!).

  10. I retired my Ginghers and use Kai now. I use the professional shears. They’re much lighter than Gingher and sharper. I send them back to KAI whenever I need sharpening. It only costs $5.00! I learned about them at the annual sewing Expo in Puyallup, WA. If you ever have a chance, it’s a great expo.


  11. I am a professional sharpener and I sharpen scissors for a living. I also sell scissors and agree that the KAI shears are better than Gingher. If you would like to have your scissors professionally sharpened, please wrap them up and send them to me with $5 to pay for returned postage. I will sharpen them right away and return them within 48 hours.

    Sean Kelly, professional sharpener

Comments are closed.