Dog grooming scissors

When you have a dog, their fur brings a unique set of issues to the act of owning a pet—brushing their fur often to reduce shedding, keeping their fur clean, and trimming their coats appropriately for the seasons are all things that ensure an easier life with a furry friend (and maybe bringing out the vacuum more frequently). It is typically advised to have your dog groomed by a professional to avoid any uneven haircuts or accidental injuries to your pet, but owing your own pair of dog grooming scissors is a good idea for owners who want to trim and take care of their dog’s fur in between visits to the groomers. Dog grooming scissors are one of the most important supplies for dog grooming. It is worth taking the time to research them here at to find the type of scissor that’s best for you and your dog.

Dog grooming scissors come in a variety of sizes, styles, and materials. Blade materials are primarily either carbon steel, stainless steel, or high cobalt stainless steel. Carbon steel, the lowest quality of the three, remain at competitive pricing while still offering good quality. They retain a sharp edge, but will rust if left in damp or humid storage, and require some routine care. Stainless steel scissors are the most popular choice because of their forgiving characteristics. Professional use them almost extensively. The highest quality of the three, high cobalt stainless steel scissors, retain their fine cutting edge and provide the smoothest cutting action. Choosing the right material depends on how frequently the scissors will be used.

Different types of grooming scissors fit different needs while dog grooming, as well. There are a few main types of dog grooming scissors. The first type, known as straight scissors, are the most commonly used. As their name suggests, straight scissors cut straight edges. Using them can lead to an uneven look if used to cut the entire body of the dog although they’re good for:

• cutting off matted sections of fur
• cutting a straight line across the face
• trimming under the paws.
• trimming under the tail

Another type of scissor, called micro-serrations, are scissors with blades that have fine grooves cut into the blades that grip the hair as it is cut. This helps ease cutting fatigue as the blades dull, and helps provide an easier, cleaner cut. Thinning scissors are another type of scissor used to thin a dense coat and to blend the lines left from using straight edged scissors.

A few other types of scissors available at are shaped differently to allow different parts of grooming to be easier. Curved blade scissors follow the curve of a dog’s body and help shape the coat. Bent-shank scissors have a bend in the shank (the piece between the finger holes and the blades) which allow the blades to run parallel to the body. Then there are rounded-tip scissors, which are used as safety scissors for more delicate areas of the dog. Grooming scissors are significantly sharper than household scissors, so using rounded-tip scissors can prevent poking or cutting the dog, and are especially useful in the eyes, paws, and groin areas.

After deciding on the material and type of scissor that best fits your needs, all that’s left to choose is the handle. Handles come in three different forms—symmetric, offset, and a crane handle. Symmetric handles are just that—the shanks are the same length from the center screw, and so the bows (finger holes) are next to each other. These tend to be the least ergonomic, because the recommended way to hold grooming scissors is by holding them with your thumb and ring finger (though some people use their thumb and middle finger), according to Groomers Online. Offset handle scissors have a short thumb shank and a longer finger shank, which makes them much more comfortable to hold. The last type, a crane handle, is rare but can reduce stress on the arm when held flat and angled downwards.

Contradictory to main belief, the length of the blades (regardless of type or material) should be chosen based on the type of coat your dog has. The thicker and longer the coat of your dog, the longer the blades of you scissors should be. Owners of dog grooming scissors should also be diligent about taking good care of their scissors—wipe them after each use with an oil, store them in a dry spot, and take them to get sharpened by a certified establishment on a regular basis. If you choose to buy micro-serration blades, you’ll have to specify to the establishment that you want the serrations added back to the blade once it’s sharpened.

Finding the right pair of dog grooming scissors may seem like a task, but with just a little reading on, you and your dog are sure to enjoy grooming time just a little bit more.

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