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Posted By:PnkCosmo on: 7/24/2005 12:23:39 PM

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Shears: Hard Steel Vs. Soft Steel?
Posted: Sunday, July 24, 2005 12:23:39 PM

This question is inspired by Hairmaven's post on another thread.

The harder the steel is the longer it can hold it's edge, the softer the steel is the sharper the edge can be, that's why companies layer metals and coat their scissors so they can get a really sharp edge without you having to pay $5000 for a completely titanium scissor, which hair stylist wont pay for anyway, they is why the scissor market is cutting quality, price. The softer the metal the sharper the blade but the quick it looses it's edge.

So, which type of metals are hard & which are soft? Which do you all prefer? Soft steel with a sharper edge that needs to be sharpened more often; or hard steel that may not be as sharp, but keep the edge longer?

Does anyone know of any good examples of shears that have "layered materials"?

I've been eyeing the Rusk shears at every show I go to. I'm debating on picking up a pair this fall. Are those considered hard or soft steel?

I'm also trying to stay in the $300 price range for now.

Thanks for your help!

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Posted: Wednesday, July 27, 2005 9:44:54 PM
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I prefer the harder steels than the softer steels as I use a lot of pressure when I cut, and I don't really need a scissor that sharp. I have a pair of New Cosmos from Hikari (which are very soft) and I don't use them much except when I need a really sharp blade. Most of the time I use a Tenyo Slim 6, which is relatively hard steel scissor. It's sharp enough.

Personally, I'm not a big fan of cheap scissors. And by cheap I don't mean inexpensive, I mean inexpensive scissors you end up paying a lot more for than you need to just because of the name.

You're going to learn the most at a large trade show by talking to every scissor guy you can come across. Krembs is knowledgeable and pretty friendly, and if you can find the Ergo booth talk to Robert, he's a genius when it comes to scissors.

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Posted: Thursday, July 28, 2005 12:00:21 AM

Thank you so much for the info.

I'll check out those links.

renita jackson
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Hard steel
Posted: Wednesday, December 07, 2016 6:56:33 AM
Certainly hard steels are better . If you have a chance to use both of them , you can easily feel the differences . And don't forget that sometimes sharp means can be hurt or more ..