What to Look for in Barbering Shears and Clippers

barbering shears and clippers

Behind every great barber is a great set of barbering tools. After all, without shears and clippers, you couldn’t do what you do best! To make sure you offer the best service possible, you need to choose the right tools for you. Here are some factors to consider when you make your selection:

What to Look for in Your Barbering Shears

How many minutes a day do you have a pair of shears in your hand? Too many to count, right? That’s why comfort is one of the most important things to think about when you choose your shears. Here are a few other factors to consider:

  • Size

The standard size of shears is 5.5 inches, but if you have a larger hand, 6.5 inches may be a better fit. As a barber, you’ll want to have a few pairs of shears that vary in size. Shorter blades are better for precision cuts while longer blades can reach a bigger area and are better for certain cutting techniques.

It’s not just the size of the blades that counts—it’s the size of the finger and thumb rings. You don’t want the finger ring to slide past your second knuckle. You don’t want the thumb ring to slide past the tip of your thumb. If your shears don’t fit properly, you could overextend your thumb or finger, or put too much stress on your wrist.

  • Adjustability

If the blades don’t have the right amount of tension, they won’t work the way you need them to. If they’re too tight, you’ll exert too much pressure to make the cut you want. And if they’re too loose, there won’t be enough tension to get a good snip. Make sure the shears you choose have easily adjustable blades, either through a screw, spring, or bearing.

  • Material

After finding the right pair of shears, you’ll want them to be durable and last as long as possible. All shears designed for hair cutting are made with stainless steel, but Hitachi steel from Japan as well as steel from Germany are considered to be of the highest quality. They’re more resistant to rust, are harder to damage, and lighter weight to hold.

What to Look for in Your Barbering Clippers

A good pair of clippers is your best tool. Like shears, you want to find a pair that will help you provide the best service to your client. You want your clippers to be durable with either stainless steel or carbon steel blades. Here are a few other factors to consider when you choose clippers:

  • Versatility

Look for a pair of clippers that come with a wide range of combs in varying sizes. Combs are numbered one through eight; the smallest numbers will correspond with shorter haircuts. With only one or two combs, you can only offer one or two types of cuts. But with a wide variety, you can offer more cuts—and possibly entice more clients.

  • Power

If your clippers don’t have a powerful motor, they won’t work well with different hair types including thicker, courser hair. Choose a rotary motor for more durability and less noise.

  • Self-Sharpening

These blades do sharpen themselves, which means they last longer. You’ll save more time and money in the long run with self-sharpening blades.


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