Scissors are an essential tool in any barber’s tool kit. The right pair of scissors can make all the difference in achieving a clean and precise haircut; however, it can be difficult to know what to look for when making a purchase, especially if you’re just starting out.
Here at Barber Temple, we think iCandy are the best in the industry; they provide high-quality, long-lasting scissors with unbeatable customer service. Not only are we a proud stockist, but also the National Education partner for iCandy.
We’ve done the hard work for you, breaking it down to 5 key things to consider when picking the right pair of scissors for the job.
The first and most important thing to consider when picking a pair of scissors is how comfortable they are in your hand. You’re going to be spending a lot of time holding them, so you want to make sure you are working with scissors that are going to reduce your risk of common hand problems like repeat stress injury or carpel tunnel. Above everything else, comfort and control should be the ultimate consideration when choosing barber scissors.
The iCandy Electro fits comfortably like a natural extension of your hand and is designed with an ergonomic offset handle to enable your elbow to work in a lower and more natural position. The Japanese style adjustment tension screw with unique ball bearing provides the perfect tension in your scissors and smooth cutting action for maximum comfort to reduce wrist strain.
2. Steel Quality
The quality of the steel used in the blade of your scissors will impact their sharpness, durability, and resistance to corrosion. The higher the quality of steel, the longer your scissors will last, and with the right care you can be cutting with the same scissors for 10-15 years. Stainless steel is a common and affordable option that resists rust and stains. High-carbon stainless steel is harder and more durable, making it a good choice for barbers who plan to use their scissors frequently. Japanese steel is a premium option known for its exceptional sharpness and edge retention.
All our iCandy scissors are hand crafted from the highest quality steel. The iCandy Athena is a quality but cost-effective scissor hand made from the finest quality SUS440C Cobalt Japanese stainless steel. For a higher-grade steel, but also a higher price point, the iCandy Damascus is hand crafted from Swedish Damascus stainless steel for superior sharpness.
3. Blade Type
The kind of blade you choose will depend on what kind of cutting you plan on using your scissors for. Convex blades have a curved cutting edge purposefully designed to provide a cleaner, crisper cut. These are the sharpest and smoothest cutting blade, providing precision and requiring sharpening less frequently. Sword blades are stiffened by a ridge down the middle to increase blade strength. The Sword might have a slightly stiffer cut but is great for dry cutting and working with thick hair.
For a convex blade, try the iCandy ALL Star Midnight Black Scissor. If you’re looking for a sword blade, try the iCandy Sword Pro Silver Scissor.
There are so many suppliers of scissors nowadays it can be hard to know which ones provide quality you can trust. Buying from such brands can be risky as they may not be able to provide proper service or support. That’s why we’re the national educator and stockist of iCandy Scissors, a proudly Australian Owned and trusted business launched in Queensland, that has been reliably supporting the Barbering & Hairdressing Industry since 2012, with all their scissors backed by a Lifetime Warranty.
Finally, the price of scissors can vary widely, from budget-friendly options to more expensive premium models. While it’s tempting to choose the cheapest option available, investing in a high-quality pair of scissors can pay off in the long run by providing greater precision and durability. Consider your budget and how frequently you plan to use your scissors when making your selection.
In conclusion, when buying scissors, it’s important to consider comfort, steel quality, blade type, reliability, and reputation of the company you’re buying from and the price. By taking these factors into account, you can choose the right scissors to take your cutting skills to the next level.