Answering the Question - What's Wrong With My Shears?
Here are a list of common symptoms you may be experiencing with your shears:
Symptom: Hair grabs and pulls when you slide cut making the cutting action feel rough and causing discomfort to your client. There are two common causes.
• First, is a sharpening problem. The last time your shears were sharpened they were probably done using a grinder. This removes the convex edge and straightens the radius, essentially converting your Japanese-Style shear into a bevel-edged shear.
• Second, you may find that you're using the wrong shear design. Comfortable, effective slide cutting is best done using shears with convex blades. On wet hair, use a good general styling shear while on dry hair, you should use a bamboo leaf blade design.
Symptom: The hair pushes away when you are blunt or straight cutting.
• The most common cause is a sharpening problem. The last time your shears were sharpened, they were probably done using either a flat hone machine or a grinder. This straightens the radius and/or destroys the convex edge.
Symptom: The hair folds when you close the shear.
• Most often this is caused when the tension control is too loose. Tighten the tension control and test again. If that doesn't work, then the shears may be very dull. Check for sharpness.
Symptom: Shears get dull after a few haircuts.
• The most common cause of shears not holding an edge happens when you use inexpensive shears made from low-quality steel. Another reason that we see frequently is, the shears may have been sharpened at too sharp an angle.
Symptom: Your hand and wrist hurt or get tired before the end of the day.
These are all issues associated with the fit of your shears.
• First, is the shear the right design and size for you?
• Second, your scissors may not be the right tool for the job. They may be too long or short for the type of cutting you do.
• Third, you may need a more ergonomic handle or perhaps a thumb swivel design will provide the relief your need.
• Fourth, are you left-handed? If you are a lefty and you are using a right-handed shear, you are probably reverse-torquing the blades in order to get the scissors to cut. This will put unnatural pressure on both your thumb and wrist.
Symptom: My scissors are getting rusty.
• The best way to keep your shears from getting rusty is to keep them properly lubricated, cleaned and stored in a clean dry place.
Symptom: “I can hear the scissors” or It feels “crunchy” not smooth.
• This is typically caused when the blades have a lot of small nicks on them and/or the scissors have become very dull. These are some possibilities that I have seen. Each shear is different and the way you use your shears and take care of them will greatly affect its performance. Many times, when shears do not cut hair properly, it is due to improper care and maintenance. Failure to lubricate, incorrect tension, excessive thumb pressure and nicks due to hitting the blade against combs and clips can cause problems for the most experienced stylist. If you are experiencing problems with your shears, the best thing to do is to contact Victory Shear Sharpening to have them checked and serviced.
Solutions: In every case follow the suggestions in your scissors care guide and talk to Victory Shear Sharpening to address the specific issues you are facing.
Remember, it is possible to have your shears restored to factory new-condition but only if they are sharpened on a Diamond Rose Shears Superior Sharpening System by a certified sharpening expert.
Tap into our expertise in diagnosing and resolving any of these problems by contacting your Victory Shear Sharpening certified Diamond Rose Shears Superior Sharpening System owner.
Call or e-mail me to have your shears sharpened.
I look forward to speaking with you!
Steven Wickstrom, Owner
Victory Shear Sharpening
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