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▪ Names of Shear Parts. ▪ Scissor Care and Maintenance. ▪ How often should I sharpen?
* Names of Shear Parts.
▪ Inner blade, Cutting edge, Point/Tip, Back, Blade, Screw, Pivot point, Handle, Finger rest, Stopper/Silencer, Finger ring
* Scissor Care and Maintenance.
* Rubber Ring:
let us know if your thumbs are smaller than the finger-rings of shear
when you order then we'll offer one rubber-ring for your new shears.
ake care of your scissors, and they will take care of you.
top quality hair cutting scissors are fine precision instruments. even the most robust ones are easily damaged
or mal-adjusted by accident or neglect.
whatever scissors you have, please make a habit of caring for them. top award-winning hairdressers
relate to their scissors differently than most cutters.
With proper care and maintenance your scissors should give you many years of use.
The number one reason
that scissors dull prematurely is improper storage or care.
The next reason
scissors are ruined is from improper sharpening.
Follow these simple instructions and take care of your main tool.
▪ Check tension
▪ Wipe scissors down after each client
▪ Clean with a baby wipe or chamios
▪ Dry scissors completely
▪ Do not soak in barbicide or other liquids
▪ Lubricate around the screw head and between the blades.Maintenance
- Cleaning, Drying, Oiling
even the finest stainless steel or cobalt scissors are hindered by hair, dust, chemicals and similar things.
you can greatly prolong the life of sharp edges, and your scissors, by cleaning, drying and oiling, every day.
thoroughly clean your scissors with clear, very hot tap water, and dry with a soft clean towel.
prevent, as far as possible, friction between the cutting edges and any material, including the towel!
thoroughly dry your scissors, with a towel or tissue paper.
be sure you get as much water out of the "joint" where the two blades meet.
you can dip the scissors in a small container of alcohol (surgical spirits), or put a few drops of alcohol in the joint, and re-dry.
it will help to absorb water in the joint.
after cleaning and drying, carefully open your scissors all the way, to a 90 degree angle.
put half a drop of fine oil (clipper oil will do) in to the "joint". not doing so will shorten the life of your scissors.
i use imported oil for this purpose
• poorly adjusted scissors are the single most common cause of damaged scissors and blunted edges.
they also contribute greatly to overly sore and tired hands.
• every pair of new scissors, (fully-serviced scissors or properly-sharpened scissors) will need adjustment within a week.
every pair of actively-used scissors should be checked for adjustment at least once each week.
• make it a habit to check your scissor adjustment regularly. it will save you a lot of expense and hassles in the end.
• i will adjust your scissors as part of the sharpening service.
Adapting to your new scissors
• when you purchase your new scissors (or get your old ones back from a service or sharpening)
they will probably feel quite different to the scissors you have been using.
• get used to the sharpness and feel of the new pair without pressure cutting as you might have been unconsciously doing
with your previous pair, resulting in bluntness, as pressure cutting will blunt new edges. don't forget to check the tension,
as it will change.
Do & Don't
• clean, dry and oil your scissors at the end of every day of use.
• check your scissors for adjustment, at least once each day of use.
• practice and learn the techniques of "gentle hand" hair cutting.
• handle your scissors with gentle care.
• protect the cutting edges from touching anything except human hair.
• record all identifying marks and any serial numbers, in case your scissors are stolen or lost
(a digital close-up photograph will be handy - i mark every scissor i handle in the pivot area and keep the detail on a database!).
• store and transport your scissors in padded cases or pouches and make sure the blades are closed
in order to protect the cutting surface!
• always keep your scissors closed except when cutting hair, never place them on a bench with the blades open,
as this will chip the edges.
• have them professionally sharpened on a regularly - at least every 6 months.
• don't let your scissors run out of adjustment.
• don't let your scissors corrode or get dirty.
• don't cut anything except human hair with them.
• don't drop or toss your scissors when putting them down.
• don't lend your scissors out. other people have different hands to you - someone else using your scissors
with 'a hard hand' will alter the scissors balance and make them feel different after one haircut!
(they don't care for them as much as you do and might even damage them!)* How often should I sharpen my shears?
eally there are many variables that dictate how often your scissors should be sharpened.
, check that the tension of the scissor is correct.
Sometimes this is all it takes when hair folds or pushes toward the tips.
, the grade of steel your scissors are made of can factor in how often you need to get a sharpening.
(The better the grade of steel, 440C or better, the longer your sharpenings will last.)
I suggest that hairstylists get their scissors sharpened every over 600cuts, or simply when the hair starts to "fold" or "push".
Then the number drops when you add some or all of the other variables that apply to you listed below...
▪ ¡°How many cuts do you do in a given week, month?¡±
▪ ¡°What type of hair do you usually cut?¡±
¡°Coarse?¡± ¡°Dry?¡± ¡°Dirty?¡±
¡°Treated with Chemicals or Colour?¡±
▪ ¡°Has it been a while since they were sharpened and your scissors are
not cutting smoothly?¡±
▪ ¡°Have you dropped or your scissors and they just aren't the same anymore?¡±
▪ ¡°Is the hair folding or pushing?¡±
▪ ¡°Do you have a nick in the ride area or at the cutting edge?¡±
▪ ¡°Have you lost a part from your scissors?¡±
▪ ¡°Do you share your scissors with other stylists?¡±
▪ Where are your scissors stored? Handbag!, Drawer! etc. It should be in a case or wallet.