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Corrugation on Beauty Shears

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Many German and German-style shears have small teeth on one of the cutting blades. This feature is called a corrugated blade, but why is it there?

German-style shears are generally designed and built with a blunter (less acute) edge angle. While this serves to give them better durability so you can go longer between sharpening than you would with shears made with a sharper (more acute) edge angle, this durability comes at a cost.

Since the blunter edge angle has a more difficult time cutting into the hair follicle, it is also more prone to pushing the hair. To prevent this pushing, shear manufacturers can sharpen small V-shaped teeth into one of the shear's cutting blades (the "corrugation"). The hair is then trapped between the teeth of the corrugation, which prevents the hair from pushing towards the shear's tips.

The professionals at Edgewise have both the equipment and the experience to both sharpen salon shears with a corrugated edge, and to re-establish the corrugated edge on salon shears, which have had it removed (usually by sharpeners, who are either unable to perform this technique, or who are unaware of the importance of the corrugation).

Contact Edgewise today (http://www.edgewisellc.com/sharpening.html) to have your beauty shears professionally reconditioned. Our service is guaranteed, and we make every effort to have your shears on their way back to you within 24 hours.

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How to Repair Damaged Salon Shears

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At this time of year, damaging your shears can completely put you out of business until you're able to get them sharpened, possibly costing you thousands of dollars. For this reason, we at Edgewise always recommend that stylists have AT LEAST one pair of quality shears as a backup. For this reason we sell quality shears from Keiki, Jonetsu, and Yasaka.

Also, Edgewise is the official distributor of Hikari shears in Chicago and across the Chicagoland area - contact us at 773.844.3387 to try out our full line of demo shears right in your salon!

However, sometimes accidents happen, and your shears get damaged without a backup. What should you do?

1) If they're Hikari shears, contact HKR at 800.255.2705 for information on having your Hikari's sharpened

2) For all other brands of salon shears, contact the professionals at Edgewise to either schedule an in-salon sharpening appointment (773.844.3387), or to arrange to mail in your shears to have them professionally reconditioned (http://www.edgewisellc.com/sharpening.html).


If your shears get damaged, as important as what to do is, what NOT to do:

1) Do NOT try to sharpen your shears yourself

2) Do NOT give your shears to a sharpener, who doesn't come highly recommended by a stylist or salon you trust

3) Do NOT give your shears to a sharpener who usually sharpens tools OTHER THAN salon shears (e.g., lawnmower blades, axes, knives, medical/surgical/dental tools, etc.)

If you've damaged your shears, and aren't sure what you should do, contact the professionals at Edgewise at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 773.844.3387. We'll do everything we can to help.

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Foiling Combs

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Edgewise offers several different foiling combs:

  1. The YS Park #102 tail comb, has a 4" long tail (9" overall length), is heat-resistant to 428 degrees F (220 deg. C), has measuring guide holes spaced every centimeter down the spine, and has the standard Park sectioning/parting first tooth. Additionally, the polished teeth eliminate snagging, and significantly reduce follicle damage caused by rougher-toothed, less-professional-grade combs. Made in Japan. (Available in Camel, Carbon/black, Green, Pink, Purple, Red, and White).
  2. The YS Park #112 tail comb. Identical to the Park #102 comb, but has much tighter-spaced teeth, providing better tension while combing. (Available in Camel, Carbon/black, Green, Pink, Red, and White

  1. The Boyd standard-length #257 carbon tail comb, has a 3.5" tail (8.5" overall length) has a similar heat-resistance to the Park #102, but is made of lightweight carbon. These combs are static free, strong, and glide effortlessly through the hair. Made in Japan. (Available in black).
  2. Identical to the Boyd #257 Carbon comb, except with an inch-longer (4.5") tail (overall length 9.5"). Made in Japan (Available in black).

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Sharpening Appointments

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I was surprised to see that we're less than 3 weeks out from Thanksgiving....and fewer than 7 weeks away from Christmas!! 

My schedule's filling up quickly - just a reminder to the stylists out there to be sure to get your shears sharpened soon to be ready for your holiday rush.

Call or text me at (773)844-3387, or message me here or on my personal FB page to book today.

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