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    I find that I use the finishing blades almost exclusively. So I would like to know from others, do you use skip tooth blades a lot? under what conditions are skip-tooth blades better for you?

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    Originally posted by Terry View Post
    I find that I use the finishing blades almost exclusively. So I would like to know from others, do you use skip tooth blades a lot? under what conditions are skip-tooth blades better for you?
    Had to think about it and was surprised to realize that I use skips much more often than finish blades with the exception of 7f's for clipdowns and in reverse for terrier heads/necks when appropriate. Cotton coats and terriers turn out much nicer/natural for me using skips but I do a lot of scissoring on every groom. 7 skips are the ultimate blade for skimming and sculpting long coats.

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    • #3
      i only use my finishing blades, hate the skips theyre an accident waiting to happen

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      • #4
        skip tooths are great for shaving down matted dogs. It can get under mats that the F blades cant. Skip tooths are great for skimming fuzz and fly aways off coats. Also great for skimming and shaping back end feathers and under the tail.

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        • #5
          I use skips on a lot of terriers, and to take down a heavy coat fast. The skips feed more hair into the cutter, so they work really well for plowing through those heavy coated furry beasts.

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          • #6
            Hmm, good question. I was taught with all skip tooth blades. I didn't know they existed until I started my grooming shop and bought my own equipment(i know thats sad, I find that skip tooths will not leave a very smooth cut. The skips tend to leave a little wave or a little more texture to the coat. I always use skip tooths on matted dogs, it gets through the coat easier but you just have to be careful on not cutting the dog. hope this helps , Pam

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            • #7
              I use finishing blades. I don't like to use skips because they are too easy to cut the dog and they leave to many lines. JMO

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              • #8
                I occassionally use my skip-tooth blades. but mainly on Terriers and some Cockers when I'm wanting a rougher, more natural looking finish. Coat texture is the deciding factor for me.
                Sheri
                Last edited by Cosette; 02-05-07, 01:50 PM.

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                • #9
                  Skips of w/ out CV

                  I am afraid of skip tooths, I got a 5skip by mistake when I ordered laubes lattime...kept it thinking I should give it a try...still in plastic. Little dogs...which is all I do..sem to be at risk If I am the one using a skip...not saying others can't do a great job w/ them. I think a 7skip fpr skimming big poodle legs would be great. without the cv on. Ol Harry..first and only boss..used a modified 7skip for Poo legs and the like. They ,looked Great..backthen, Marlene had not invented the cv...she was probably still in HS or Jr. high as she is younger than I by 10 or more years.

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                  • #10
                    It depends on what kind of dog I am doing.
                    The only F blades I use are the 7F and 5F. I use them on Cocker and Terrier backs , on some Poodles (usually if I am doing a Town and Country) and shavedowns to get a smoother look.
                    I like a 4, 5 and 3 3/4 skip on ShihTzus, Lhasas, Maltese etc.I think the skips give a plushier look. I also like the skips for going through heavy or really long coats. I don't use 4F or 3 3/4F's at all..I dont like how they go through the coat.
                    I have some 7 skips that I rarely use...they scare me. I'm so afraid I am going to slice a dog wide open with them.

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                    • #11
                      I use mostly skip blabes, it does depend on the coat. I think the full blades cut closer than the skip blades even though it says they are the same length.

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                      • #12
                        I use skips for blending pattern lines...they are great for skimming down the side on a westie or shnauzer or scottie to give a continuous blend. Sometimes on westies i only use a skip...use the 5 skip on the back and just skim down the sides. I always use the F blade for the throat area though.

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                        • #13
                          I only use the finishing blades, don't even have skip tooth any more.
                          "There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face."
                          Diane

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                          • #14
                            The only skip blades I own are #3's. And that's only because I messed up when I ordered them.

                            I do use them occasionally, when I have a big hairy shavedown. But I prefer FC blades.

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                            • #15
                              I use skips on Terriers other than that I F'up everything:-)

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