Shear Stories Blog

Welcome to our new Store!

Welcome to our new Store!
After 13 years of providing in-salon shear sharpening to Chicago's top salons and stylists, we're excited to announce the opening of our new store at 858 N Clark St., #202 in Chicago (just North of Chestnut on Clark St., second floor)! 

Shear Basics: Offset vs. Opposing Handles

Shear Basics: Offset vs. Opposing Handles
One way in which stylist shears may differ from one another is in whether they're levelset or opposing handle shears, or whether they're offset or semi-offset shears. This post explains these important differences.

Mason Pearson Professional Brush Care

Mason Pearson Professional Brush Care
Taking good care of your new Mason Pearson professional hair brush will not only prolong its useful life, it will also make sure your brush functions the way it was designed, smoothing and providing that deep lustrous shine that you expect from a Mason.

Colored Shears

Mizutani Retro Shear in Matte Black
Many shears available to stylists come in bright colors - black, rainbow, striped, you name it! What is this coloring, and why do only some shears have it? Also, is this coloring important in which shears you consider to buy? This post will answer this common stylist question.

Adjustment dial or screw? Which is better?

Hikari Blaze shear showing finger dial
There are three broad categories of adjusters for salon shears. Each of these fastener systems has their own advantages and disadvantages. When selecting a shear, the stylist should be aware of these pros and cons to help them select the shear, which is right for them.

Shear Basics - The Finger Rest

Hikari #103 Precision Cutting Level-set Stylist Shear with Removable Finger Rest
Stylist shears come nearly always with either a fixed- or removable- finger rest. This finger rest can increase control and balance for the stylist, but stylists who prefer a shear with no finger rest should select either a shear with no rest, or one with a removable rest. Stylists who prefer a shear with a rest have the freedom to choose a shear with either type of rest, but may prefer one with a fixed rest, since it will not come loose or fall out like a removable rest can.

Online Payment Plans now available through EdgewiseLLC.com!!

Online Payment Plans now available through EdgewiseLLC.com!!
Edgewise has worked hard over the past 15 years to carefully select the top-quality products, which our stylists, barbers, and salons demand. Since...

The Importance of Proper Thumb Pressure While Cutting

Hikari Phoenix Cosmos Offset Stylist and Barbering Shear
Horizontal thumb pressure can lead to shears dulling quickly and hand and wrist fatigue and pain. This article covers the downside of excessive lateral thumb pressure, and how to avoid the problem.

Shear Basics - Shear Length

Hikari #B2 Crane-Handle Shear
One of the first questions stylists and barbers ask when selecting a shear is how long the shear is. So how do you measure a shear's length? This post answers this common question.

Weekly Shear Care

Mizutani Blacksmith Fit Shear in Titanium Black finish - available in 5.0", 5.5", 6.0", and 6.5" lengths
In this post we will outline the quick and easy steps stylists should also follow at the end of the week to keep their shears cutting and functioning properly.

Daily Shear Care

Daily Shear Care
Stylists should follow a daily routine to care for their professional salon shears. If they do, this will help keep their shears working properly, and will extend the time between having to have their shears sharpened.

Proper Care of YS Park Brushes

Proper Care of YS Park Brushes
YS Park sells the finest stylist brushes available on the market. In order to prolong the life of your YS Park brush, you should follow the important care instructions outlined in this post.