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suzanne sloan in Cartersville, Georgia

83 months ago

Just finish beauty school and looking for a good pair of hair cutting shears any advise?

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Kay Parsons in Lexington, North Carolina

81 months ago

How do you pick out the right shears for you. I was very confused until I found two websites. My instructor couldn't even help me choose. DrScissorhands came to my cosmetology school and did a class on hairstylist shears. Check out www.MADShears.com or www.DrScissorhands.com they have shears below some wholesale prices, and Danni at DrScissorhands helped me choose the right shear for me, like shear length, handle style, type of edge, very helpuful.
MADshears has an education page that helped guide me too, both have a layaway.I got my shears from one and my thinning shears from the other, and also got a feather razor cheap! Hope this helps! :)

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Colleen in Ann Arbor,MI

75 months ago

I also use Yasaka! They are the best bang for the buck. I got my second pair @ IBS New York for about $35.00 less than my first pair. If you can wait to go to a show they have the best deals. Good luck!

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Skazoo in San Diego, California

75 months ago

Colleen in Ann Arbor,MI said: I also use Yasaka! They are the best bang for the buck. I got my second pair @ IBS New York for about $35.00 less than my first pair. If you can wait to go to a show they have the best deals. Good luck!

Do you have any experience with sharpening your shears. And if - where do you go?

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Colleen in Ann Arbor,MI

75 months ago

I will only use someone to sharpen them that also sells them(Yasaka). I was lucky to find someone in my area. My first pair I used the person who sold them to me.

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Colleen in Ann Arbor, MI

74 months ago

Quite frankly in Linwood, North Carolina said: Yasaka is garbage. They are great for carpeltunnel, and causing your hands to hurt. why dont ya go to walmart and buy crayola? same stuff

Hikari has that nice little plastic glide in the back. they are no better untill that piece falls out, and you have to pay 95 bucks for a new plastic sliver. made in PAKASTAN enticing to you? how good is that..ohh they talk of their hand made, but then again dont they all...

Do you have a recommendation or do you just want to trash everyone else's opinion? I have had my first pair of Yasaka's for 8 years and they are still good shears..that's why I bought a second pair for back up.

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AA in Sunbury, Australia

73 months ago

Hikari are good shears but limited, go to www.kenchii.com and see their range. I have been using kenchii for 4 years never had any problem. Plus they are the onyl one with all these new models which no one else has.

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melcat42 in Santa Maria, California

64 months ago

Hi Everyone!

I was wondering if anyone had any input for Lucky Hare shears or Kenchii shears? I am looking at both and unable to decide. Any opinions would be helpful and greatly appreciated!

Also - are there any benefits to having the titanium finished shears verses just the plain stainless steel? Do the titanium finish generally hold up well?

Thank you!

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MADShears in Lexington, North Carolina

64 months ago

Hi Melcat42,
Both Kenchii and Lucky Hare are great shears. Bang for the buck, I can't knock either one. I have sold many of both, and never had a single complaint about either one. Lucky Hare always includes a case, finger rings, hairclip and a comb.

In reality, the titanium coatings are mostly for looks, though there are a couple of true benefits. One benefit is it can help to fight corrosion, but of course if you get a good shear, they are not going to corrode in the first place. The other benefit of a titanium coated shear is if you are allergic to nickel, (which is one of the alloy's used in making the stainless steel) it will protect you from the metal as long as it has not worn through anywhere you touch them a lot.

One of the benefits of a good chrome shear is you can make them sharper, because as you sharpen the titanium shears, the grinding process causes a chrome stripe along the cutting edge in the pretty finish. The higher the angle, the sharper the shears, but the bigger the stripe gets. Most people I sharpen for tell me to put the stripe and make them sharper, its not a huge stripe, i think it tends to give some of the shears character.

I always recommend someone get what they want, because it is ultimately up to you to make yourself happy and confident in your work. What better way to accomplish that boost in self esteem than having a MAD pair of shears in your hands.

You are more than welcome to give me a call or email me, and I can discuss shears in further detail, and offer you a deal like no one else can. If I don't answer, leave a message and I will be more than happy to call you back. We have hundreds of products that is not on MADShears
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Dani, Shear Specialist, Shears4Hair in Thomasville, North Carolina

64 months ago

Hello Melcat42,

Both Kenchii and Lucky Hare are Fine Shears. Both, offer a Lifetime Warranty from manufacturer defects, both companies are American owned and operated, and both offer a wide variety of quality shears. As an educator and Shear Specialists, I would ask you:

What are you cutting with now? Length, Weight, Blade Type, and Handle Style?
Are you happy with the length, weight, blade type and handle style you are currently using?
What kind of cutting do you specialize in? Slide, Slithering, Channeling, Point Cutting, Blunt, Wet and Dry, or Wet only?
Do you prefer the razor like cut of a convex shear or the durability of the standard beveled edge?
Are you suffering from any hand, wrist, finger issues?
How long have you been a Stylists?
Do you prefer slim blades or "fatter" blades?
Are you right or left handed?
If left handed, do you cut with right handed shears or a true left handed shear?

Only after answering these questions, do I think you can make an informed decision. Some companies will just try to sell you anything, without regard to what shear is truly best for YOU.

And, I disagree that Titanium Coatings improve the durability or corrosion resistance of ANY shear. The titanium coating applied to hair cutting shears is cosmetic only and the ONLY benefits are that it does make it Pretty and it is good for those with allergies to Nickle.

I hope this helps guide you. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at Dani@ShearsforHair.com or call us, I will be happy to guide you, even if you chose to purchase from another company :)

Customers that contact us, usually get a better deal too!

Whatever, you choose to do, I hope this had helped you, and I wish you the best in your quest for new hair cutting shears :)

Dani Kirkpatrick
Shear Specialist,
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SusieQ in Englewood, Colorado

64 months ago

I bought mine from ebay. I am left handed and just find it very hard to find something that is a little more fancy. I know that is not what counts when looking for a good pair of scissors. I got Mitsumara shears, never even heard of that brand. They are rainbow colored, I was looking for something in Pink, but could not find any. They have a great feel to them and are really sharp and I really like cutting with them. I started off with straight 6" right handed ones and was never able to cut straight. 2nd pair I got was the only left handed pair I could find at Sally's, they worked but still not really what I was looking for. The ones I got from Ebay are 5.5" and bent. These will hopefully last me through beauty school.

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pinkfusion in California

64 months ago

I've found the best prices on ebay also. You might want to look into Joewells. Excellent shears in all price ranges.

shop.ebay.com/?_from=R40&_trksid=m38.l1313&_nkw=Joewell&_sacat=See-All-Categories

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Linda in Woodway, Texas

56 months ago

Shear Specialist www.MADShears.com in Lexington, North Carolina said: In that book I wrote above Hehe! I forgot to mention if your cosmetology school is close to us, we will come out and give our free class Scissor-olgy 101. We also have thousands of shears not even on our site. So, if you want something in particular but, do not see it on our site, call us or e-mail us, and we will be more than happy to get that special shear for you, usually at an even MADder Price for You! MADShears, For Those That Cut Like MAD, We Salute You!

what do you think of Sensie scissors?

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Linda in Woodway, Texas

56 months ago

What do you think od Sensei scissors?

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Rolando in Moreno Valley, California

56 months ago

I am trying to find out about the joewell shear, I am currently a student and was wondering if the sale they are haing is worth buying? The store is selling a 4 piece kit 4 199.00. I would like to know if it is worth it. Thank You Rolando.

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the sharperside guy in Illinois

55 months ago

Linda in Woodway, Texas said: What do you think od Sensei scissors?

Linda, Sensei shears are okay if you buy the higher end shears. I sharpened many of these and have noticed that the "Revo" series models are getting great reviews. The "Revos" are ultra smooth and have a teflon insert in the pivot area for added smoothness and will make the shear last longer.I can't say much for all the other Sensei models, Good Luck!

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Anna in Gloucester, Massachusetts

53 months ago

suzanne sloan in Cartersville, Georgia said: Just finish beauty school and looking for a good pair of hair cutting shears any advise?

Hikari is the best you will find...

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Michelle in Dallas, Texas

51 months ago

Indeed this is good place to ask anything for stylist and as a stylist. Does any one ever see or use Panasonic clipper? I know couple of people using that I saw was so light, clean cutting and rechageable cordless. I heard that they bought at hair show in L.A. long ago. If anyone knows about this please let me know.

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Oxwin in Auckland, New Zealand

50 months ago

Yasaka lefty are rubbish..
Hikari is the best

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Ashlie in El Sobrante, California

45 months ago

I am not a stylist, but want a nice pair of shears to cut amy own hair and a few friends and family. Any recommendations?

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scissorguy1 in Plainfield, Illinois

45 months ago

Yes I am a sharpener in the Chicago area and really want to guide you to a pair of inexpensive but great shears. You really shouldn't go for a brand name but the type of steel they're made from and the type of direction you are headed in. Are you going to work in a chop shop or full service? My spouse has been in it since 1987 , so we know. The big brand names need to make back the money they spend in advertising. And as a sharpener I see all the stuff that people are buying and are happy with and I always see the same thing. You can contact me for the best suggestions possible, or do your research on the web.

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Robin in Wheaton,Illinois in Wheaton, Illinois

39 months ago

I have found that Bucchelli has all kinds of good price shears. www.bucchellishears.com always having a great sale...

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Mixer Mike 2 in Baghdad, Iraq

39 months ago

I just used the ones included with my Wahl clippers I got from Wal-Mart...

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Lola in Richardson, Texas

38 months ago

Michelle in Rocky Mount, North Carolina said: True, technique does count, but when you use an excellent shear for cutting hair, it cuts out a lot of time. Using Haraki in my opinion is like cutting with the cadallic of shears, if you've ever used them, then you'd understand. I've cut hair for many years & wouldn't use any other and I too don't use a long blade, I prefer a 4". (You're not suppose to cut pass the 2nd knuckle so why need a longer blade?) Plus, you also don't have to sharpen as often as the cheaper brands and it's guaranteed for life......and how do you compete with that????

Do you mean Hikari???

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michelle in Canton, Georgia

38 months ago

Lola in Richardson, Texas said: Do you mean Hikari???

Yes, I meant Hikari. Gotta love spell checkers.

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Rama in Wilmington, North Carolina

38 months ago

There are many good brands so it can be confusing. I would emphasize that you need something very ergonomic no matter the brand. Some of the more old classic brands still sell the old style shears _ avoid any sheer that does not have off-set finger holes! Some brand have a semi-off set hole...don't get those. Must be classified as off-set. This means that the thumb hole is NOT lined up under the finger hole. When using an off-set shear, you put your ring finger in the finger hole! The next must-have is a thumb hole that get thinner on the farthest point and is bent ergonomically. I just bought a Sukotto SS4 Max Blue shear and love it! Go look at the enlarged photo on their web site. Notice the ergonomic thumb hole, notice the place for 3 fingers on the top of the shear. Also look at a shear called Shark Fin.Whatever shear you choose, i urge you to choose a style like these. I prefer a 5.5 inch, 4 is too small and is old-school. Last, contact a sales rep that will let you try out some shears for a day. Many local people that sharpen shears also sell them and will come by your school or salon. I paid $239 and am very happy!!!!

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Mike Jones in Burlington, Washington

34 months ago

was looking at joewell shears for my gf that has recently graduated from school. good or bad idea?

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Paul in Ancaster, Ontario

30 months ago

I love my HairWhispers.

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DB in Kelowna, British Columbia

29 months ago

I am looking for a really good pair of high quality hair shears. I found this site... <a href="www.shearheat.com">www.ShearHeat.com</a>. Does anyone have feedback on these kind of shears? Kamisori I believe?

Thanks so much!

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Laura Wolfhart in Cali, Colombia

28 months ago

As a stylist I'm IN LOVE with my new Saki Katana Hair Shears. Thick and short sword back blades make cutting very soft. Transparent screw-in silencer/ SUSS440C alloy stainless, two-piece welding/ Hardness 59~61 HRC blades/ Hollow-ground and triple-honed blades.

Just amazingly smooth and sharp.

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np in Mulberry, Florida

28 months ago

Donald in Desoto, Texas said: I have only been cutting hair for 50 years. It doesn`t matter what kind of shears you use as long as they are made of stainless steel. My shear are over 35 year`s and using them professionaly.

oh ok, 50 years? so you are old and bitter? ok, that makes way more sense.

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Frontrangesharpening in Parker, Colorado

27 months ago

suzanne sloan in Cartersville, Georgia said: Just finish beauty school and looking for a good pair of hair cutting shears any advise?

Musashi shears are the BEST for your money...they were featured in Shear Genius III. They are the Bentley of the shear world and they offer payment plans. They also have sharpeners that work in conjunction with them that are certified on the Diamond Rose Superior Sharpening system...this keeps they shears in factory new condition (given that they haven't been thrown all over the salon and car ;-))

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Moneymaker-8 in Panama City, Florida

26 months ago

np in Mulberry, Florida said: oh ok, 50 years? so you are old and bitter? ok, that makes way more sense.

I think you are extremely rude I think 50's comment was just to help others who might not be able to afford the higher priced shears. You my friend will be an old hair stylist one day if you make it in the business. I hope as you gain more experience you will get the respect you will deserve from other stylist. I'm from the Farrah Fawcet era myself. The younger stylist come to me all the time for help or maybe a few tricks.

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Laura in Bogotá, Colombia

25 months ago

I prefer the Saki Katana hair shears which are forged with very durable Japanese steel that provide the smoothest and swiftest cutting. I also love its light and comfortable design which is a MUST for any hair stylist. Very recommendable shears :)

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lsmithhart in Virginia Beach, Virginia

24 months ago

np in Mulberry, Florida said: oh ok, 50 years? so you are old and bitter? ok, that makes way more sense.

I think that anyone here to help deserves your respect, and 50 years of hard work deserves more.

I have 30 years of exoerience, I recently had $13000 worth of shears, of all types and brands, stolen from my business. I will tell you this, choose wisely, if you plan a long career. Choose good quality, if you are busy, or plan to be. Hikari shears, FanOut shears and other high quality shears are not for everybody. They are for those with a few years of work under their belt, who are 70 -80% booked and plan on staying AT LEAST that busy. They are WELL worth the money.

I am both and educator and a platform artist, but mostly, I am a hairstylist. I will replace my shears with Hikari Cosmos, FanOut Mushin and Texturizers, Sensei Revo, Sensei NXT and Via Slip for dry slide cutting. Lenght is, to some extent, a personal choice. A longer pair would be great for working aroung the face and cutting in the nape area, as this keeps hand interference at a minimum.

I hope this helps, and I hope it is accepted as intended, as one stylist helping other stylists.

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lsmithhart in Virginia Beach, Virginia

24 months ago

Donald in Desoto, Texas said: I have only been cutting hair for 50 years. It doesn`t matter what kind of shears you use as long as they are made of stainless steel. My shear are over 35 year`s and using them professionaly.

I think that anyone here to help deserves your respect, and 50 years of hard work deserves more.

I have 30 years of exoerience, I recently had $13000 worth of shears, of all types and brands, stolen from my business. I will tell you this, choose wisely, if you plan a long career. Choose good quality, if you are busy, or plan to be. Hikari shears, FanOut shears and other high quality shears are not for everybody. They are for those with a few years of work under their belt, who are 70 -80% booked and plan on staying AT LEAST that busy. They are WELL worth the money.

I am both and educator and a platform artist, but mostly, I am a hairstylist. I will replace my shears with Hikari Cosmos, FanOut Mushin and Texturizers, Sensei Revo, Sensei NXT and Via Slip for dry slide cutting. Lenght is, to some extent, a personal choice. A longer pair would be great for working aroung the face and cutting in the nape area, as this keeps hand interference at a minimum.

I hope this helps, and I hope it is accepted as intended, as one stylist helping other stylists.

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lsmithhart in Virginia Beach, Virginia

24 months ago

lsmithhart in Virginia Beach, Virginia said: I think that anyone here to help deserves your respect, and 50 years of hard work deserves more.

I have 30 years of experience, I recently had $13000 worth of shears, of all types and brands, stolen from my business. I will tell you this, choose wisely, if you plan a long career. Choose good quality, if you are busy, or plan to be. Hikari shears, FanOut shears and other high quality shears are not for everybody. They are for those with a few years of work under their belt, who are 70 -80% booked and plan on staying AT LEAST that busy. They are WELL worth the money.

I am both and educator and a platform artist, but mostly, I am a hairstylist. I will replace my shears with Hikari Cosmos, FanOut Mushin and Texturizers, Sensei Revo, Sensei NXT and Via Slip for dry slide cutting. Lenght is, to some extent, a personal choice. A longer pair would be great for working aroung the face and cutting in the nape area, as this keeps hand interference at a minimum.

I hope this helps, and I hope it is accepted as intended, as one stylist helping other stylists.

SPELLCHECK! experience... with a P

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Style Kid in Corona, California

20 months ago

N in Chicago, Illinois said: I agree with the above Comment- Hikari are definitely the best. You don't want to skimp on the quality of your tools, and if you take care of them your shears will last you your entire career. Given that, it makes more sense to make the investment now, as buying a lesser quality shear to save money may actually end up costing you more in the long run as you will eventually have/want to purchase the best anyway. Hope this helps...

I don't think you can have a discussion about Hikari's without mentioning Hattori Hanzos

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Style Kid in Corona, California

20 months ago

Here is the thing about hair shears. There are many good brands my top 3 would be in order: Hattori Hanzo Shears, Hikari, Kasho.

I believe these are the gold standard.

The main problem is many stylists to not take care of their tools, do not sharpen regularly, or when they do sharpen they use some guy who works out of his van and takes off to much metal.

Usually stylists are using dull shears (that of course will still cut when using enough hand tension), and are ruining their clients hair. The hair cut will look great when the client is in the chair, but after 1 or 2 days the damage done by using cheap, dull, or 20 year old shears will create a horrific result. The number 1 cause of split ends are dull shears.

Invest in a quality pair of shears, use different types of shears for different techniques (do painters just use one brush?), take care of your blades by cleaning regularly, sharpening every 500 haircuts (send to the manufacturer or to a known quality sharpening system), and if your hands are hurting then check your shear tension.

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Dani Shear Specialist Shears4Hair in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

20 months ago

It's INSANITY for a new hair stylists, that has yet to establish a clientele to go blow that much money on Hikari's! Especially in this economy. :(

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munki in Manchester, Connecticut

17 months ago

LUCKY HARE Shears are THE BEST all around shear for anyone! I have been cutting hair for 10+ years, own every name brand pair of shears and can tell you that Lucky Hare shears, while unknown, are the all around best shear for every type of hair, value, and longevity.
Hikari's are great, but pricey, need sharpening more often.
Yasakas USED to be great, that's all I used years ago; they changed the way they made them and are junk now. I gave 2 pair away.
Kasho are good, expensive, smooth cutting, but expensive; especially for a graduate, unless you have a rich uncle. :)
Everyone has a favorite and everyone's answer will be different, as we are all artists and are different.
You can quote me on this; You will not go wrong with Lucky Hare Shears. They can cut through the toughest hair, excel at scissor over comb, or dry cutting; great for all techniques. Not bad for an under $200 investment.
Shear Integrity is my fav place to buy shears; Glen will help you and be honest! Trusted him for years.
Have fun! :)

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SuzyQstylist in Mount Laurel, New Jersey

16 months ago

hey everyone! while on my search to find a reputable scissor sharpener, i found this wholesale company running a 50% off sale on all of their scissors and merchandise! they even offer sharpening! Which is pretty cool! Hope this helps anyone in search for either!

www.jafleuridasshears.com/

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Faye in Japan

12 months ago

Oxwin in Auckland, New Zealand said: Yasaka lefty are rubbish..
Hikari is the best

you can get Hikari good price here www.jpscissors.com

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Lovelylaura38 in North Salt Lake, Utah

12 months ago

Do your research first and foremost. This brand that brand blah blah blah. You want to pick the right shears by the steel. Nothing less than 440 C steel and the top steel available right now is the ATS- 314. Most people don't know that most Shears come from the exact same factories then bought by the various companies then marked up depending on the company. Japanese shear companies in General have the best quality shears. So look for the quality of steel and handle style. I prefer offset or the drop finger.

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Lovelylaura38 in North Salt Lake, Utah

12 months ago

Direct shears.com or buchellishears.com

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misao in Ancaster, Ontario

11 months ago

ATS-314 is actually limited by the fact that it is produced by forging process. There are much better alloys containing Cobalt that cut smoother such as VG-10 and other similar Cobalt based materials. These super alloys also have better abrasion resistance thus sharpness retention is better than the scissors made from ATS-314 material. These Cobalt alloy material can reach hardness of 62.50 RHC which is higher than ATS-314 or 440C materials. Higher hardness and tensile strength of these materials make it possible for blades to be thiner and stay sharper longer.

It is important to remember that the blade geometry and edge surface is as important as the material from which scissors are made. The exceptional scissors will not allow hair to be pushed during the cutting process. Thus shearing as well as penetration into hair by cutting will take place if blades are designed and sharpened correctly.
Company in Canada called HAIRWhisper has developed micro-serration technology that allows them to place miniature teeth 1 micron to 25 micron size on the blade edge. These serrations increase sharpness retention and provide exceptional performance especially for dry hair application. The miniature teeth are so sharp that slide cut is still possible with these new generation of blades.

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Rob Edwards in Idaho

8 months ago

Go to scissormall.com
lots of leftys]

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Thescissorguy in Columbus, Georgia

5 months ago

misao in Ancaster, Ontario said: ATS-314 is actually limited by the fact that it is produced by forging process. There are much better alloys containing Cobalt that cut smoother such as VG-10 and other similar Cobalt based materials. These super alloys also have better abrasion resistance thus sharpness retention is better than the scissors made from ATS-314 material. These Cobalt alloy material can reach hardness of 62.50 RHC which is higher than ATS-314 or 440C materials. Higher hardness and tensile strength of these materials make it possible for blades to be thiner and stay sharper longer.

It is important to remember that the blade geometry and edge surface is as important as the material from which scissors are made. The exceptional scissors will not allow hair to be pushed during the cutting process. Thus shearing as well as penetration into hair by cutting will take place if blades are designed and sharpened correctly.
Company in Canada called HAIRWhisper has developed micro-serration technology that allows them to place miniature teeth 1 micron to 25 micron size on the blade edge. These serrations increase sharpness retention and provide exceptional performance especially for dry hair application. The miniature teeth are so sharp that slide cut is still possible with these new generation of blades.


Thank you for your input. As a dedicated shear sharpener I am always looking for scholar information and user information, yours was both.

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Erin in Salmon Arm, British Columbia

1 month ago

suzanne sloan in Cartersville, Georgia said: Just finish beauty school and looking for a good pair of hair cutting shears any advise?

Check out Saki Hair Shears. They have excellent quality, professional hair shears with a few different models to choose from. <a href="www.sakishears.com">Saki Shears</a>

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vstoker35 in Springfield, Oregon

1 month ago

suzanne sloan in Cartersville, Georgia said: Just finish beauty school and looking for a good pair of hair cutting shears any advise?

Hi, i know you posted this awhile ago but i went to beauty school for a little bit and didnt finish so i have a pair of thinning shears and a pair of haircutting shears if your interested in buying from me??

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