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August 2018

Top Edge Shears – How Often Should I Get My Hair Shears Sharpened?

By |August 29th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

The first thing to note is that the original edge on a top quality shear scissor is the best edge it will ever have. The longer the original edge keeps its sharpness, the better is it for you. As to how often to sharpen your barber or salon shears, there is no set answer because every hair professional is unique. However, good pair of professional hair shears should stay sharp for a year or even two, depending on several factors: 1. The Quality of the Shears For long lasting sharpness, look for cutting and thinning shears that: • Are made of Hitachi ATS 314 or VG-10 Gold steel • Have hand-forged, hand-sharpened, tempered Japanese convex blades Shears made of J2 steel (Rockwell hardness rating 48-55) will lose their sharpness much faster. Shears made of 440 steel cannot be originally sharpened to as fine an edge as those made of 314 [...]

Top Edge Shears – Don’t Be Fooled By A Name

By |August 22nd, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

See the symbols above?  In Japanese they mean “#1”.  There’s a school of thought in our profession that says that Japanese shears mean quality and are #1.  Many times that turns out to be true, especially with the best-known names like Kamisori, Hikari, Hachi, and HattoriHanzo.  But unfortunately sometimes it doesn’t.  So when you’re investing in a new pair of shears, it’s still important for you to be well informed.  And it starts right from the name.   Some shear companies have Japanese sounding names or Japanese katakana symbols (like the one above), as logos but are not Japanese. They hope that buyers see the name and automatically think “quality”. They hope you assume that a Japanese sounding name or logo means that the shears are made 100% in Japan when that is often not the case.   Some Japanese scissor manufacturers only produce a portion of their products in [...]

TopEdge Shears -How To Judge Quality In Professional Hair Shears

By |August 15th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Here’s a quick guide to help you determine the quality of the scissors you’re buying. Materials – Stick with shears made of either Hitachi ATS 314 or VG-10 Gold steel. These alloys include vanadium, molybdenum and titanium and deliver a soft, silky cut with edges that start sharper and stay sharp longer. Workmanship – Quality shears are hand-forged, hand-sharpened and hand-polished. They have Japanese-style convex hollow ground blades.  The handles are individually welded to the blades.  This gives you a shear with superb balance and alignment that makes cutting easier and more precise. Design – Shears are designed to be beautiful as well as functional. When checking out a pair of shears, pay particular attention to the handles.  Are they ergonomically designed?  Are the finger holes anatomically shaped to fit your fingers?  Are the grips offset?  These three features combine to allow you to work with less tension and avoid [...]

TopEdge – Thinning Shears

By |August 8th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

There are various kinds of thinning shears on the market.   They are known by several names – chunking, texturizing, blending or finishing. Almost all thinning shears have one straight blade and one notched (or “toothed”) blade.   Shears with fewer and wider teeth remove more hair with each cut than shears having more – and narrower – teeth.  The more teeth, the finer the blending. To this list we must now add the exceptional Double-Blade thinning shear where both blades have teeth.  This double thinner is used to remove just the smallest amount of hair to give a unique and beautifully blended look. Chunking scissors – Usually have 10 – 18 teeth.  This type of shear removes more hair and creates larger spaces needed by certain hairstyles.  TopEdge stylists believe, however, that a better way to achieve the desired effect is to point cut with a scissor instead.  In [...]

May 2016

What Does The Rockwell Hardness Rating Mean?

By |May 12th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

What Does The Rockwell Hardness Rating Mean When Applied To Hair Shear Steel? The hardness of steel is usually stated as a number on the Rockwell Hardness C Scale (RHC). The higher the number, the harder the steel.  As it applies to shears, the old axiom was that softer steel (RHC 48-55) produced the sharpest edge but got dull faster. The harder steels (RHC 56-62) produced a longer lasting edge. You had to choose.  Not anymore! New Innovations In Steel Technology Give Shear Scissors An Exquisitely Sharp Edge That Stays Sharp Longer A decade or so ago, new types of steel were fabricated in Japan -Hitachi ATS 314 and VG-10 Gold (often referred to as SuperSteel). These alloys proved to be a game-changer in scissor manufacturing. By adding elements such as Vanadium (the “V” in VG-10) Molybdenum and Titanium, these steels were able to hone the blade to a razor’s edge while [...]