Element Shears! Just WAIT till you try these!
You guys are not gonna believe these shears! I've been blessed by a very kind friend here on the boards with a beautiful set of 8" straight shears. In case anyone missed it, our own Chris Sertzel (Windywaycavaliers) is currently in the prototype testing phase for her new line of professional shears known as Elements. She generously decided to allow me to be involved in this processs and I've been using my "Water's" for a few weeks now. And I LOVE THEM!
They fit my hand unbelievably well, far better than the Kenchii Scorpions I've been using to date. They are soooo lightweight I no longer have any sort of hand fatigue after a long day of scissoring. They are at least half the weight of the Kenchii straights. It's almost as though they were an extension of my hand. I just move my thumb and the hair seems to evaporate before my eyes. Weird and amazing! And sharrrrrp......I could do emergency surgery with these things if I had to! They also have this neat little serrated edge to help hold the hair, so my finish work is not only more precise, it takes less time as well.
I was a little skeptical about the thumb/finger ring thingys when I first saw them. The Kenchii's came with a pretty little plastic ring to go in the thumbhole (which Im constantly knocking out and losing). These things have these big black rubber rings. And holy cow what a difference! They stay put in the shears but more importantly, they are VERY comfortable and actually do the job of helping to keep my thumb securely in place far better than the dinky plastic ones do - even if they aren't in bright primary colors! I'd never seen ones like these before but Im now pretty firmly convinced they should be standard issue for shear manufacturers. Kenchii, you can keep your pretty plastic rings. I prefer ones that actually work.
About the only thing I would change on these? There is no tension-adjusting knob. And I bet that small detail changes before the final product is made available to the public. Actually, they may already be available: Im hoping Chris will chime in here and add her two cents...Anywho, the really exciting part is that I get to help her refine and perfect these marvelous new toys of hers.....which gives me an excuse to keep her on the phone for hours badgering her with questions completely unrelated to her shears, which she patiently and cheerfully answers! Anyone who's been in this business awhile knows the contribution that Christ Sertzel has made to our industry. On a personal level, she has been an intrisic part of my own grooming education and her blogs, videos, and advice (which she so freely shares) have helped me greatly along this path upon which I've embarked. The idea of her actually designing and manufacturing grooming tools is one I find very exciting and I simply cannot wait to see how far she takes it!
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