Choose the Right Scissors for You
Your choice of scissors can affect how you groom, and choosing the wrong one can sometimes cause injury such as Carpal Tunnel and Repetitive Strain Injuries. Make sure you are choosing the best scissors for your hands and your scissoring style with this helpful guide:
1. Blade performance.
- Stainless steel is easy to care for and holds and edge well, whereas Cobalt Base Alloy has a good rust and chemical resistance, but it can chip easily. Molybdenum allows for a fine, sharp edge and is very durable. Also consider ICE tempered blades, which are made more durable with this process and are better able to hold a sharp edge.
- We usually stock either a serrated edge or a convex edge. Serrated edges are excellent for gripping hair and tend to cut very straight. The convex edge offer smooth and neat cutting that requires little force on the blades and causes less stress on tendons.
2. Scissor Length.
- Long scissors are perfect for working with large breeds.
- Short scissors are great for small and toy breeds. Choose scissors depending on which breeds you tend to work with.
- Also think about shank length. For longer fingers, a long shank length may enable a more comfortable placement of the fingers, and this is the same for a short shank and short fingers.
3. Scissor Handle.
- Choose between symmetric, offset, bent shank or neutral grip.
- The symmetric tends to be best for those who scissor with the thumb and the middle finger, while the offset handle puts less stress on the thumb tendon than the symmetric handle and moves hands away from the coat allowing you to see better.
- The bent shank handle (sometimes called crane or swan neck handles) is designed so that the groomer can work with their elbow angled down. The neutral grip handles eliminate tendon stress and lessens the risk of injury as the hand is positioned as it naturally is.
- A rotating handle is also a good option as it allows for greater range of movement and relaxes the tendons.
- Look carefully at the thumbs of the scissors in particular as some feature a cut-away or anatomic fit to allow the side of the thumb to open the shear for a more relaxed grip.
- Scissors can feature single, double and removable finger rests. Try out all types before choosing a preference.
4. Scissor Edge.
- We stock two types of scissor edge: serrated and convex
- Serrated and micro-serrated edges have small grooves in the blade which help to keep the hair in place while scissoring. This is excellent if you are a beginner or simpl if you prefer having the extra assistance of the grooves.
- Convex edge blades have a very fine, very sharp edge with no grooves, designed to cut smoothly and precisely. Some groomers may find this blade difficult to work with after using a serrated blade, as they will find the hair slips. However, with practice, this type of blade will produce a beautiful finish.
Remember, as well as stocking a range of right-handed scissors, we also have left-handed scissors.