I have slowly moved into this. I had a customer who I sharpened a few knives for ask me . She owns a very large salon in a very well to of area. I didn't want to do it cause I had heard horror stories. I told her I'd rather not. She persisted that I try, so I moved forward by doing one for for free with the understanding that if something was wrong, I would not be held liable. I looked at it a a good learning experience. I used my veho microscope to move slowly, check my work, and try to learn something. Long story short, she was blown away. I have replaced their usual guy who sharpens for them. I just did everyone's shears at her salon again last week. 20 in all.
It is much different than doing knives. Many of the newer Japanese styles have no bevel to follow on them. I have run across some of these that have been re sharpened by someone else using a wolf system and have given them a bevel. Do not try to do this with stones. It's possible to follow that bevel with a higher grit stone if you are careful once it is there. Much can be done just through stropping. I use balsa as a substrate loaded with boron carbide followed by balsa loaded with chromium oxide, followed by bare leather. The convex side of the shear is stripped only a few times to remove small burs that may occur. Somewhat like sharpening a single bevel.
There is much more to say about this, but it's hard to type all of this and read what I've already typed since I'm on my phone.
I would not say its easy. It can be done. However, I don't suggest you commit to anything until you've tried it on one without the pressure of messing it up. I did quite a few for her for nothing until I really felt like I knew what I was doing. That was about a year ago. If you've got any specific questions I'll answer them, or if someone else has experience here , by all means... I know many people think I'm a fool for doing it. I don't really want to mess with it but she's a very good customer of mine and she likes the results. She says by doing them this way, they stay sharper about three times longer than whoever did them before.
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