As with any precision equipment a little simple maintenance of your scissors will ensure that optimum performance is maintained to extend their working life.

After use wipe the scissors clean with a soft cloth and apply a light coating of oil to the blades, a drop of oil to the head of the screw and under the joints, wiping off any excess oil. Oiling after use takes only a few moments and is particularly important for carbon steel scissors. Carbon steel is usually harder than stainless steel but is prone to corrosion, particularly if used or stored in humid conditions.

Store scissors in a closed position, preferably protecting the blades in a wallet or case, and either hang them or place them flat where they cannot be damaged.

Avoid them being placed loose in a ‘toolbox’ where constant rifling for equipment can cause unnecessary damage.