Hi. My name is Mike Witt, founder of TopEdge Shears, and this is my story.
Like just about every one of you, I started my career by going to barber school. My first job was in Roffler shops learning razor cutting and other techniques. With that as a base I took the next step and became a stylist.
I was one of the original stylists for Paul Mitchell Systems, working directly for Paul, and Jeanne Braa doing hair shows in the Midwest. The technical skills I learned from them really accelerated my career.
One of my top experiences was as a member of the Sebastian artistic team. I learned a new haircut every week for about two years and became an expert on new cutting, stripping and texturizing techniques that I then taught to others. I learned early that to do these procedures right you need very sharp, high-quality scissors.
Continuing my education on all facets of hair care, I worked for John Dellaria, Andis Clippers and Kenra doing cutting and styling demonstrations at trade shows across the country. Then, after getting married and starting a family, I opened my own shop and now, having to buy my own hair shears, I struggled to find the quality I needed at a price I could afford.
Over the last five to ten years, I’ve seen the quality of professional salon shears go down while the price goes up. I did a bunch of research to determine whether I could find a way to get very high quality scissors for a reasonable price.
Finally, I realized the only way to do this was to design and market my own shears. I talked to dozens of stylists, getting insights about what they like, what they need, and design elements they want in their shears.
More research led me to understand the elements that make a great scissor. Hand-forged, hand sharpened and hand-polished Japanese convex blades made of the best steel and topped off with a hand-welded, ergonomic handle with anatomically correct finger-holes.
I took the designs I created with the help of many of my stylist friends and went in search of someone who could help bring my dream to reality. It amazed me to learn that although there are about 14,000 scissor manufacturers in the world, only a very small minority (less than 1%) is capable of producing the top quality hair shears we designed. So I got to work.
I sourced the finest materials and found artisans who could craft the shears to my specifications. Then I started a company, named it TopEdge Shears and I now sell my stylist designed hair-cutting and thinning shears direct to hair professionals via my website, TopEdge Shears.com.
I invite you to take a look at our line and to contact me with any questions, suggestions or design ideas.