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Are There Shears You Do Not Recommend?

At Edgewise sharpening, we've worked on thousands upon thousands of professional stylist shears over the past decade. Most of the shears we see are pretty run-of-the-mill from a manufacturing- and metal-standpoint. Some, however, because of ill-though-through design or poor manufacturing, are ones which we recommend stylists avoid.

1) Foremost among the shears we tell stylists to avoid are shears with a specially-designed adjustment/tensioning system (as opposed to a standard finger adjustment knob, or screw-type adjuster). Included in this group are nearly all shears made by Tondeo, Jaguar, and Rusk (the Alpha's, Beta's, and Gamma's, with the screw-adjust on both sides of the shear). Our experience has been that stylists, who own shears from these manufacturers struggle to keep their shears properly adjusted, and so have more frequent issues with how their shears cut. The adjustment tool gets lost, it isn't available when its needed, or it is too finicky to get the tension right. Last year, a Rusk salesperson at the ABS show in Chicago even went so far as to tell us that stylists are not qualified to adjust their shears, and that the stylist needs to send their shears back to the manufacturer for adjustment. Utter crap. The screw- and finger-adjustment knobs are well-established, and work quickly, easily, and elegantly. Other adjustment systems are definitely a lot of trouble, and provide no discernible advantage to the stylist.

2) Second in the list of shear with flawed design are curved shears. This fad seems to pretty much have run its course (thankfully), but there are still dog grooming and stylist shears which have been bent to "form to the shape of the head", (allegedly) allowing the stylist to perform a more precise cut (here's an example sold by Washi: http://www.washiscissor.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=Washi&Product_Code=CC+60&Category_Code=perf). Our concern with these shears is not that they don't allow the stylist to perform a better cut, but it is how the stylist is going to have the curved shear serviced once the shear starts to dull. Many sharpeners claim that they're able to sharpen shears like these, but we have yet to see a sharpener successfully deliver on this claim. Edgewise does not sharpen curved shears.

3) Last in the list of shears-to-avoid, are shears with holes drilled in the blade (B.W. Boyd's Alu-Coba is an example: http://www.bwboydshears.com/bw/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=20_1&products_id=152). Holes are drilled in the shears to remove weight from the blade (and to look cool?). The problem is that these holes also dramatically weaken the structure of the blade, and give the shear a much shorter lifespan. Since any sharpening process removes some amount of metal, the edge of where the hole in the blade starts, is where the shear can no longer be sharpened, and this point will be reached much, sooner than on a shear with no holes drilled in the blade.

Edgewise sells a wide selection of high-quality, professional stylist shears from companies such as Hikari, Keiki, and Jonetsu. Our extensive experience selling and servicing high-quality stylists' shears* makes us a trusted source to the top salons and stylists in Chicago, and across the country. Contact us (http://www.edgewisellc.com/sharpening.html) today to find out why Edgewise is "The Salon Industry's Premier Sharpening Service(R)"!

 

(*Hikari shears may only be sharpened and serviced by Hikari's trained professionals at HKR. They can be reached at 800-445-2747. Edgewise does not sharpen Hikari shears.)

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