Barber Supplies, Barber Tools, and Barber Equipment – Part 4: Barbering Scissors Part 1:

The scissor to the barber is the number one tool you need to learn how to use when learning to become a barber. Becoming proficient with your scissor cutting will give you an understanding of the principles of haircutting like no other tools. There was a time not too long ago that the electric clipper did not exist.

In this blog I am going to talk about the straight barber scissor and the purpose of the different lengths, handle designs, and cutting edges. A good barber scissor ranges in length from 5-8 ½ inches. The handles vary from a straight, offset, or swivel grip. The cutting edges can have a smooth, lightly corrugated, or heavily corrugated edge.

Length of Barber Scissor: The shorter scissor ranging from 5-6 ½ inches are ideal for the scissor over finger technique when layering hair or the blade on skin technique when cutting the bangs or the outline of the haircut around the ear and on the back of the neck.

The Barber Scissor Handle: The least expensive scissor comes with a straight handle. The thumb and finger grip are parallel with each other. Moderately priced barber scissors have an ergonomic offset handle. The thumb and the finger grip are offset with the ring finger grip below the thumb grip. The most expensive barber scissors have an offset grip with a swivel handle. The thumb grip is on a swivel as well as offset giving maximum comfort.

Different Cutting Edges for the Barber Scissor: A straight smooth edge is ideal for layering freshly shampooed hair. A barber scissor with a light corrugation is ideal for the scissor over comb technique on freshly shampooed hair. A heavy corrugation is ideal for dry cutting scissor over fingers or scissor over comb.
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