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Scissors, Clippers & Shapers

We have put all fifty years worth of our selling experience into our scissor collection. We have broken down the huge ranges offered by manufacturers into the core best sellers and we have also ensured that our prices are as keen as the blades of the scissors themselves!

It's important to have the right type of scissor at the right time or level of experience. During training a less expensive pair is recommended - as dropping or catching on a grip can lead to damage.

Anatomy of a pair of scissors

Scissor key

Welcome to the technical bit, with the terminology explained. 

  1. Points
  2. Outside Blade
  3. Adjustment Screw
  4. Joint
  5. Finger Rest
  6. Edge
  7. Bow
  8. Size e.g. 5” 

The right size

Scissors are measured in inches. The measurement is the entire length of the scissor from the point to the end of the finger bow. Try  different sizes because your cut can be made easier by using a couple different sizes of scissor. The shortest scissor size is 4.5” and the longest is 7”. The widest choice are in sizes between 5-6", which suit most people.

Types of Blade

There are different types of scissor blades available to you, depending on your level of hairdressing experience.We’ve separated them below so that you can see the differences between them. Different sizes are also used to perform different techniques during the cut. 

  • Serrated Edge Blade –Your first scissor should have a serrated edge which gives more control over dry hair. Barbers will use this edge for that very reason as they cut a lot of dry hair. This edge has less slipping of the hair along its blade due to micro serrations etched into the steel.
  • Straight Edge Blade – With this edge you can achieve perfect slice cutting and a technique known as point cutting. You will get hair slip, which is caused by the hair ‘bunching’ as it cuts. Experience is needed to avoid this; not recommended as a ‘first pair’.
  • Convex Blade – A powerful blade for smooth cutting and thinning techniques.The outer face of the blades are curved to a point. This point is extremely sharp and will wear less during its lifetime due to the convex design.This blade is for the most experienced stylist who demands maximum control, balance and comfort from the most important tool in their bag.

Aston & Fincher sell all the different types of blade edges. 

Scissor offset diagram

What does Semi-Offset and Full-Offset mean?

There are 3 main positions where a handle is placed in relation to the blades.

Looking at the diagram below you will see that the three scissors look a little different.

The bottom bow is angled toward the front of the scissor. This angled bow is called an offset bow. An offset bow will dramatically improve the comfort of the scissor and will lessen the chance of a wrist strain condition called RSI (repetitive strain injury). 

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