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    I am getting my first pair of thinning shears and would greatly appreciate any advice? I am not sure how to chose the appropriate shear...what length, tooth count, brand ect... I would like to not exceed $100, unless it is really worth it to spend a bit more. Many thank you's in advance for the help

  • #2
    I have the 40 tooth Geib Entree thinners, they're under $100. They were part of the kit I bought for school, I really like these.. they're easy to get the hang of and not too aggressive. Multipurpose.


    • #3
      Get Jodi Murphy's DVD on thinning sheers would be my advise. She covers everything you need to know about tooth count, selecting sheers, and using them.

      I absolutely love my Blue Breeze thinning sheers, but I think they ran my $350. I've had a few different brands and price did seem to matter.
      "The most affectionate creature in the world is a wet dog." -Ambrose Bierce


      • #4
        your first pair...

        should be a work horse that you train on. Millers Forge make a 46 tooth for 86-9$ I still have the first pair I got in grooming school- I also have a 400$ pair. A 250$ and several in between. I find I always go back to the MF because I am not afraid of dropping them and they hold an edge a LONG time. You can price yourself up after later if you so desire.


        • #5
          I still have my 44/20's. They were my first pair, about $100, and I really, really love them! They are about dead though. I'm saving up for Jodi Murphy's set.

 44/20s are a really good, multi-tasker, easy to use first timer shear.

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          • #6
            Well, first of all the prices are basically run according to quality and hardness of the metals the shears are made of. I bought my first set from Kenchii. Their site is very informational. I also find a lot of groomers choose Geib. The harder the metals used, the better it keeps a sharp edge. (Less sharpening) Hardness is measured with the Rockwell Hardness Scale. Kenchii has 4 levels of hardness and priced accordingly. I see their cheapest thinning shears, which are the set I have, is $89. Their hardness is Level 1. (54-55 on the Rockwell Scale) I think the level scale is just a Kenchii thing, so just a heads up. There's a link to their site. As far as kinds of thinners, the more teeth, the finer of a cut, taking less hair off. Less teeth will have a more aggressive cut, taking more hair off.


            • #7
              Originally posted by aubryk View Post
              As far as kinds of thinners, the more teeth, the finer of a cut, taking less hair off. Less teeth will have a more aggressive cut, taking more hair off.
              The notch in the tooth matters as well. The deeper the notch the more aggressive the stroke.
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              • #8
                I would spend the extra cash and get a pair of Geib buttercuts (the ones in the 140-160 range). I have a pair of Alphas from Kenchii which work ok, but I am terrified of how sharp they are. Geibs (and only these geibs cheetah's I think?) allow hair to fall out in between strokes so it decreases scissor time dramatically!! I have tried the entre's and was way not impressed!!


                • #9

                  Many thanks to all who responded. I would be lost without this site. It is so kind you all to offer your time and expertise to the newbes of grooming.