How to choose the right scissors for you.

Choosing a new pair of scissors can be a tricky proposition given the proliferation of styles and sizes available. However, following some simple rules can simplify the ordeal and ensure that you buy a pair of scissors that you will enjoy using for years to come.

Scissor types can be broken down into two categories, bevel edge and convex edge scissors. Bevel edge, sometimes referred to as German style scissors; usually have a serrated edge, which grips the hair while cutting. They are durable and particularly effective in blunt cutting techniques. Convex edge, typical of Japanese scissors, have razor sharp edges which are suitable for all cutting techniques such as slide cutting. Correct sharpening is essential with convex edge scissors.

The most important aspect of selection should be how the scissors feel in your hand. Scissors range in length typically from 5 inches to 7 inches measured from the tip of the blade to the end of the finger loop, and the hairdresser will usually find a preference in a particular length based on what feels comfortable in relation to his/her hand size. Closely related to size in importance is handle style. Scissor handles are offered in three styles, symmetrical, semi offset, and offset. Examples are shown below.

 
Symmetrical handle style

Semi offset handle style


 
Offset handle style
 
The equal distance of each handle of the symmetrical handle means that the scissors can be used in either orientation, left or right handed. Offset scissors on the other hand, have one arm of the scissors longer than the other, which allows a more ergonomical comfortable cutting position.

The price of scissors is invariably an important issue in choosing a new pair of scissors, and the most important factor in this is the type of steel used in the scissor. Quality scissors should be manufactured from at least C440 steel, and higher end scissors often are made from cobalt steel. The best grade of steel used typically is Damascus steel. Better grades of steel will be reflected in the ability of the scissors to hold a sharp edge, which will obviously affect the frequency of sharpening required.

Adjustment of the scissors is an area which also should be considered. Dirt build-up in the screw area can affect the scissor tension, and thus scissors need regular cleaning and adjusting. Many scissors use a locking screw mechanism which holds the scissor tension securely; however these usually require a screwdriver or special key to adjust the tension. A common choice is a locking screw which can be adjusted by hand.

At Scissorfix, our mission is to provide you with a wide choice of scissors. We will also be happy to provide no obligation assistance in choosing the perfect choice of scissors to suit you.