If you're anything like me - people take your scissors. It doesn't matter that you have material scissors for crafting and paper scissors for normal activities, and safety scissors for the little ones - they will grab whatever they want for whatever purposes they want. This means that scissors get dull - fast.
Now, if you're also like me, you don't want to waste a pair of perfectly good scissors. This means sharpening them. Sharpening scissors with a whetstone is a PITA (pain in the ...butt). So, I decided, being fed up with dull scissors, to do something about it.
Fiskars Scissor Sharpener - After much deliberation, I picked out a scissors sharpener that was the same brand as my (formerly nice) scissors. Ten bucks isn't bad at all, and I figured if it was terrible, or ineffective, it wouldn't make much of a difference.
This is what it looks like. Square-ish in shape, but otherwise roughly the size of a pack of playing cards. The only part of this that is pertinent to the sharpening is the orange part - the rest is just for ease of gripping.
Here's a close up. It's just two little sharpening stones in the center of a bunch of plastic. You pretend to "cut" the stones to sharpen the blades of your scissors, and it does both at one time. The average amount of passes needed to get all four of my pairs of scissors back to normal was 3, with the exception of one pair that was really, really, really bad - that one took 8, but it also had knicks in one of the scissor blades. (What have they been doing with my scissors?!)
This worked great. It's now a centerpiece on my desk, and will continue to get a great deal of use. Not only do I not have to go buy more scissors, it's quick and easy to use. Definitely worth ten bucks!