Here are Two different makes of “high quality Hair Dressing scissors” arguably the best hairdressing scissor available for the serious cutter and they are just two of many that are exclusively available from A Sharper Blade.
There are many people in this world that believe that giving a haircut is a simple procedure. These people believe that with a basic set of clippers and a few scissor snips here and there, that this is all it takes. However those who are familiar with cutting hair understand that it takes more than that. The key to a good haircut is actually a nice pair of hair scissors, a steady hand and quite a bit of patience.
A major key to giving a good haircut is having the right pair of scissors. A basic set of scissors to the untrained eye may appear just that..............the truth is that they are much more complex.
A stylist needs to take lot of time and research into finding the right pair of scissors and beware of the cheaper low cost Cast Steel Scissors available on the worldwide market today........... this type of Steel will undermine your ability to cut hair, as will a steel grade that is beneath your level of cutting experience.
Stylists should look for a pair of hair scissors that they are not only comfortable with, but ones that are functional and will be suited for the type of cut that they need done. If the scissors are too large for the stylist’s hand, they will have a hard time working with them and vice versa. Also, if the edges are incorrect for the type of cut they want to perform, they won’t work like they should.
You should only purchase the main tool of your trade, from a Scissor Manufacture, or Manufactured trained Specialist Sharpener/ Scissor Agent...............do not use a sales orientated person who will sell you a Scissor, Hair Dryer, Wet Products and all the other items used in the Salon...........convenient I know...........but you may make a huge, Expensive and Non-Refundable mistake.
This type of person will not understand the important facts in a scissor, ie:
· Steel Types and the different elements used to make that steel and why they use these elements.
· The process the steel goes through to become stronger and longer lasting.
· The edges available and the angle used to perform a particular cut the stylist want to achieve.
· The regular maintenance process needed to keep that scissor cutting for longer periods of time between sharpening’s, nor the whole sharpening process.
They will however understand fully "Profit Margins" and "Sales Targets".
Additionally, the hair scissors must be sharpened. Trying to cut hair with a dull blade will cause a bad result in which the hair appears as though it has been chiselled. This will also produce an uneven hair cut that will disappoint the customer.
The truth is............that the right hair scissors are the most important part of the haircut. It does not matter how good the stylist is. If they are working with the wrong pair of scissors or the wrong edge type, it will be a haircut disaster. Additionally, clippers just can't achieve the look that hair scissors can. This is why it is so important to find a suitable, functional pair of hair scissors like this ones in the pictures below.
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Photo 1: is the Fuji - President.
Photo 2: is the Hikari - Ryu Cosmos.
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A Sharper Blade is Proud to be New Zealand's Agent for Excellent Edges
Excellent Edges – the story of Australia's Master Scissor Bladesmiths.
Based in Melbourne, Australia, Excellent Edges is the largest world-class hairdressing scissor manufacturer, importer, exporter and service centre in Australia.
Our customers worldwide demand absolute perfection in their tools, and we provide the service they require.
We manufacture a range of top quality hairdressing scissors. We can also custom-make scissors for hairdressers including those with special needs.
With the largest range of Left Handed haircutting tools in the world, our dedication to provide the haircutting industry with a complete range of quality products and services, for right handed cutters and left handed cutters, has given us our world renowned reputation as a valuable supplier for the haircutting industry.
We also import a full range of top quality scissors and a large range of haircutting accessories. Most of our imports are famous brand names, known for their quality: Fuji, Hikari and Yamato, to name a few. Our imports come from Japan and Korea, and every single scissor is checked and tested by our own Master Bladesmith's.
We also export the full range of our imported and manufactured products.
From various locations in Australia and around the world, we wholesale and retail our full range of imported and manufactured products to distributors throughout Australia and abroad.
Additionally, we personally service all the products that we sell. Our Scissor sharpening and repairs services are the absolute finest, with the highest possible standards being implemented by our Master Bladesmith’s.
Our philosophy is simple: Of the entire World's scissors, we choose the highest quality products. We don't do it just for our customers' sake. We also do it for ourselves. We enjoy working with quality.
We know that (in the long run) good quality hair scissors will cost a hairdresser less, will be easier on the hands, will help make good cuts quicker, and are just nicer to use.
For more than 1000 years the Blade Smithing world has known that the Japanese (with their long tradition of Samurai swords) are the World's finest Bladesmith’s and metal workers.
Hairdressing scissors have become the swords of modern times.
Tim Payne, BSc Hons, is currently the only Westerner who has fully learned the art of Japanese hair scissor Bladesmithing. In 1973, his 10 years of training in Japan included working with renowned Japanese master Bladesmith’s.
Tim came to Australia and started Excellent Edges in 1987. The company has grown consistently, to become the largest, oldest, and most respected firm of its kind in the country. It now has operations in many countries throughout the world including New Zealand with
A Sharper Blade Ltd.
Excellent Edges has achieved this respect because of quality products, top service and always-honorable dealings with its customers.
Our long-term direct face-to-face close relationship, with so many of Japan's top scissor manufacturers, means that we have the widest range of spare parts, the latest models of new scissors, and the finest raw metals to manufacture from.
Excellent Edges is now in its 23rd year of operation and continues to grow and develop to stay ahead in the market. With two factories located in Morwell dedicated solely to the manufacture of scissors and another two factories in Ringwood which deals with the finishing stages of manufacturing and the servicing of scissors, we pride ourselves on being innovators in our industry.
Tim Payne, founder of Excellent Edges – the story
What the differences are between a Mobile Sharpener and Workshop based Sharpener.
It is with respect I offer this information to the owners of hairdressing scissors that read this information about what is the differences are between a “Mobile Sharpener” and “Workshop based Sharpener”.
There are many aspects to a Hairdressing scissor that stylists don’t understand about (or need to know unless you want to sharpen)...........yes you know how to drive them there's no doubts about that, but it’s the mechanics to a scissor that make it feel and perform for you and unless you have had the training with sharpening and manufacturing of a scissor it’s something that most stylists probably don’t know, or need to know about........and also because the “Scissor Industry” is full of secrets that aren’t shared, mainly because one brand of scissor doesn’t want their opposition to find out what it is that gives their brand the edge on their competitor (excuse the pun), they’re just not told everything there is to know.
Not only this...........you need to be approved and accepted by one of the following people to train you on how to sharpen a scissor,
• Someone who understands the makings of a scissor.
• Scissor Manufacturer / Brand name.
• Scissor Sharpening Machine Manufacture (like in the USA), which is where most sharpening machines are made in the word.
Once you have established a connection and have been accepted by them, it will (in most cases) cost thousands and thousands of dollars just to learn and buy the necessary equipment needed to start, so as you can see, unless you are financial enough and committed to knowing how to sharpen, it’s probably beyond most people’s desire.
Therefore, I liken this Relationship / Partnership between a Stylist and their Sharpener, to a high performance A1 racing car driver and his mechanic, who by the way win all their races as a team that work together. The mechanic does not tell the driver what speed he needs to go at, to safely travel the corners with the tyres he has on his vehicle, nor would I tell the hairdresser how to create a style they want to do and the techniques they need to use..........the mechanic advises the driver he needs this certain type of slick tyre, so then he can depending on the wet or dry weather conditions, travel at optimum speed with this type of tyre..........like I would suggest to the stylist, he / she needs a Bevel Edge if he wants to Blunt cut and a Clamshell Edge if he / she wants to slice on their scissor. Together as a team that respects each other’s abilities and craft, they win every race.
Also if you don’t have the necessary sharpening training, as we all know you truly can destroy a scissor in one sharpen, and nobody wants that do we?
So it’s here where I explain the difference between a workshop and mobile sharpener.
Yes, the Mobile Sharpeners are convenient, but if you have paid hundreds and hundreds and in many cases a thousand dollars or more for a scissor (and obviously you love them)............is convenient the BEST option?
OK..........you’re not without your scissor for very long and in some cases only 10 minutes, they come back with a sharp edge, and probably most times work well...........BUT, and here’s where the difference is:
1. Most Mobile Sharpeners will NOT have scissor manufactures “Setting Blocks”, this is a critical piece of equipment that's supplied by a scissor manufacture and is not something you can just go out and buy from a shop. So when your scissors are “out of sett “ (possibly because you have dropped them or depending on the brand, it’s just how they are when leave the factory (cheap is not good), he will not attempt to repair this important step when sharpening "out of fear and lack of training"...........because you run the risk of breaking a scissor attempting to correct the sett issues.
If this fault is not corrected, and just because they have a sharp edge on it (it doesn’t mean they don’t have a set issue as these are separate from each other) they still will not perform like they should.
A sharp edge will disguise the sett problem, but eventually and depending on the severity, possibly immediately, it will show again...........simply because it hasn’t been taken out of the problem in the first place. So don’t think for a minute that a sharp edge has fixed your sett issue.
2. A mobile sharpeners machinery, because of the way they have been built and designed to work, will only create a bevel edge, whether it’s a buffed bevel or not............it’s a hand eye coordination skill on different machinery to create a true manufactures Clamshell and it’s this edge type that gives “optimum performance” for you to be able to use your scissor when you want to slice with it. Something only a scissor manufacture will know how to do because they make their scissors to perform like this, giving you more options when you’re using it.
3. It doesn’t take 10 – 15 minutes to sharpen a scissor and if it does............is this really the best for your scissor. It takes a workshop based sharpener like myself atleast 45 min to complete his processes for sharpening.
4. Were your scissors made in the back of a van? That’s like taking your A1 formula racing car, that you win races in, to the local Petrol Station / Garage to have a service and tune up.
5. As a workshop based Sharpener, I also sterilize and Ultrasonic Clean every single piece of the scissor............you would be surprised at what lies under your finger inserts.
6. I'am very passionate about what I do and the Advice i give. This isn't just a job or a money making venture to me, sharpening is an Artwork and a Passion that gives me Unlimited Satisfaction to be able to Service and Offer you the stylist a tool that Performs and Promotes you to the heights needed to be at the top of your game.
So if you’re the owner of a scissor that uses a mobile sharpener why not try me and see if you can tell the difference, because its not just the edge revival to sharpen a scissor...........there are many more aspects to a scissor than just it's edge.