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Wahl 5-1 Clipper Blade

December 16, 2015

WAHL 5 IN 1 REFURBISHMENT We offer complete refurbishment of the Wahl 5 in 1 blade at competitive prices. Refurbishment includes sharpening of the comb blade and replacement of the cutter blade with a new cutter blade and any other blade parts as needed. Essentially you get a new blade for the price of refurbishment. This is the best way to repair these popular blades with guaranteed results. Call or email for pricing and turn around time. Use the convenient printable order form on the "Price, Payment & Shipping Links" page and ship you blades today.  

Using a burnishing plate is the best way to check clipper blades

December 2, 2015 Using a burnishing plate is the best way to check clipper blades

Using a burnishing plate is the best way to check your clipper blades after sharpening. Burnishing both comb and cutter to show there is contact at the tips for your quality control check.The burnish should show as a darker area with a different reflection than the unburnished area. The contact should start at the very tips of the teeth and come down about ¼ of the teeth. A straight across pattern representing equal tooth contact is the best. If any teeth do not show contact at the tips the blade should be re-sharpened.

Clippers are the other half of your cutting system

October 19, 2015

Clippers are 50% of your cutting system, if they are not functioning properly, newly sharpened blades will not cut properly. If there is any free play in your clippers drive assembly your blades will drag. That clipper may have problems as well causing the same symptoms. Just don’t assume that your clipper is OK because blades were cutting on it before they were sharpened. General clipper maintenance is very easy and should be checked regularly. All groomers should learn simple mechanics of their clipper. On Andis clippers, check the blade drive monthly if you're doing 8 to10+ dogs a day.

Prevent Rust on Clipper Blades

June 5, 2015

Basically rust forms on iron containing metals (like your clipper blades and carbon steel scissors) due to the combination of excessive moisture and air (specifically the oxygen in our air). Keep excessive moisture away and oxygen, and your metal iron containing tools won’t rust. Oil on the surface of metal can keep moisture away. Hair wedged between the teeth of your clipper blades and between them can wick away the oil leaving the metal exposed to moisture and oxygen. Clean blades of hair and scale and oil your blades before storing them – best all-around solution no matter if you have a problem or not. Add a dehumidifier to your shop or storage location – helps all your grooming equipment from clippers to tables preventing rust.    Early rust will clean off easily with an oily rag. WD40 can be used to clean off the rust and give minimal protection. Advanced rust selectively eats at the metal of your blades and scissors causing pits and a rough edge. Pitted rough...

Ceramic Blades

June 4, 2015

Ceramic blades stay sharper longer than steel cutters due to their hardness. While many people call the ceramic cutters "plastic" they are made from non-metallic minerals which are fired at high temperatures in an oven. Ceramic blades should be used on a clean combed out dogs only.  Ceramic cutters can be sharpened but not all sharpeners have the equipment to do them. They are best sharpened on a diamond encrusted flat hone wheel(see above) to create that polished look on the bottom of the teeth. Ceramic cutters will stay sharp 3 times longer than steel cutters but ceramic cutters have a tendency to chip or crack if dropped. Ceramic Blades - Lubricate with blade oil before using. Ceramic cutters may dull the bottom blade if not oiled properly, then the blade will snag or drag.  

A Quick Guide To Shear Care

June 4, 2015

A Quick Guide To Shear Care       Convex shears have a different edge all together. This edge is a razor, and is also sharpened differently. Convex edges are honed on both sides, first on the diamond wheel to create the edge, then honed on the interior of the blade to make that edge a razor. Convex shears have little or no space between the blades because they are so sharp they “chop” through hair rather than slicing to produce a beautiful cut used in finish work. Tension is adjusted to where the blades start to grab 1/3 to ½ way down from the tips keeping the blades as close as possible to each other. If the tension is too loose on a convex shear two things can happen: the blades may grab ¾ of an inch from the pivot creating a gouge, and they can fold hair at the tips.   Note: The tension adjustment is for adjusting the way the shear cuts, its not for the convenience or ease of the way the shear opens and closes. Tension can be adjusted a little, but if its adjusted...

How often should I sharpen my knives

June 4, 2015

Good Question…   Q. How often should I sharpen my knives? Think of your knives as pencils: The more you use them, the more you need to sharpen them. Many Chefs sharpen their knives daily, but home cooks should sharpen about once every couple weeks. (for heavy use) or once every few months (for lighter use). Invest in a ceramic sharpener or go to your local sharpener that provides knife sharpening services. Between sharpening occasionally hone your knife with a steel or ceramic rod (many sets come with them) Honing will keep the tiny teeth of the blade aligned. Here’s how to do it:     Hold the handle of the steel with the tip resting on a cutting board. Position the heel of your knife ( the part of the blade closest to the handle) against the steel at a 15 to 20- degree angle. ( in this illustration the steel is a ceramic steel).Pull the entire length of the knife’s blade along the steel, drawing the knife toward you and down the steel at the same time. Keep the...

​TOOLS OF THE TRADE: SHEARS

June 1, 2015

​TOOLS OF THE TRADE: SHEARSHair-cutting tools are the tools that you will use most often in your professionalcareer. They should be purchased with care and they should reflect the high qualitywork that you do. METAL FACTS:1) STEEL: All hair cutting shears are made with STAINLESS STEEL that ismanufactured in either Japan, Korea, Germany, China, India or Pakistan. Thesteel made in Japan is regarded as the best scissor steel in the world. Koreanand Chinese steels are good, but tend to be a little softer metal and do not holdan edge as well as Japanese steels. German steel is very hard steel, usually toohard to sharpen to a razor edge. Pakistani and Indian steels are the poorestquality and do not sharpen or hold an edge well.The process of making good scissor steel is the result of an exact recipe in whichseveral ores, alloys and elements are combined in a well-balanced mixture thatgives you just the right cutting tool. CARBON is the principal hardener in steel.The more carbon that...

​Do My Beauty Shears need Sharpening or Service?

June 1, 2015

Rule of Thumb: Every 700 cuts. This number is a good gauge for every stylist to start thinking of having their shears serviced.  Just like maintaining   your automobile with oil changes, if we service our shears at regular intervals, it will extend the life of your shears. Other benefits of regular service include less stress on hand because less pressure by the thumb is needed to cut hair.Pushing/bending/folding the hair: This is most often caused by one of two things:Tension is too loose. If, when you check the tension, the scissor is closing halfway or more, the tension is too loose. This means that the screw in the pivot area is loosening and the blades will start to come apart. When this happens, because the blades are coming apart, the scissor will "bend" the hair rather than cut it. Most people who do not check tension or check it incorrectly will start using their thumb to PUSH the blades together to get them cutting again. When they do this, they are "grinding" the blades...

Chopping Know How

May 7, 2015

It’s a simple but true fact that if you take care of your knives, your knives will take care of you, and caring for your knives is simple so long as you have the know-how. Whether you just purchased your knives or you've just had them professionally sharpened, cleaning and usage will determine how long they stay sharp.  So here are some tips on how to keep your metal edges sharp.Before you start chopping, choose a malleable surface to chop on.  Wood block (Butcher Block, bamboo) is the best surface for cutting and chopping.  Blades need a surface that will give with pressure so as to not harm the edge.  Wood block offers the least resistance particularly when you cut along the grain of the wood, which allows your knife to slide between the vertical fibers.  In addition to being better for your knives, wood block is also more hygienic.  Bacteria does not spread on wood block as it does on plastic, stone and glass and can be easily removed from wood block with very little effort...

Fabric Shears vs Paper Shears

May 7, 2015

​Paper typically contains hard minerals that aren't found in fabric, so cutting even ordinary paper will dull blades more than cutting fabric. Wrapping paper is worse and holiday wrap with all its foil and sparkly accents may be the most damaging of all. Fabric shears are quickly dulled by using them for household purposes, so hide those shears from the rest of the family! Cutting fabric and hair ,etc. requires very sharp scissors because the fibers bend and slip away from the blades so easily. It is best that you purchase paper scissors just to be used on paper.

Clipper Blade Maintenance

May 7, 2015

Lubrication   Lubrication is essential to the blades, they can never be allowed to go dry. Every time hair builds up in the blade it scoops up badly needed oil and removes it when you clean them. How much oil should one use? With today’s new clippers having higher speeds this produces more heat. Heat can be controlled by changing blades while keeping the oil on them and never letting them get dry. If the blade gets dry it will cause more friction and more heat. So, the more you keep a good comfortable amount of oil on your blades, the less chance of heat causing red buildup and the cutting surfaces going dull.   How do you oil a blade? Use a quality lubricate i.e Andis or Oster oil   slide the cutting edge over slightly and put a drop of oil on the contact of the comb - that is where the cutter part of the blade actually touches the main part of the clipper blade.       just a drop in each place (4 drops total is sufficient) This should actually be...

Basic Tool Maintenance

May 7, 2015

​Knives - Hand Wash -Dishwashers can nick your fresh edges. Cut on wood,bamboo,or plastic - glass or stone cutting surfaces will dull a fine edge quickly. If you have wooden handles, oil once or twice a year. One such item for treating your wood products is Butcher Block Food Safe Oil it revitalizes your wood products. Scissors - Kitchen Scissors  wash & dry after each use,take apart if possible. Fabric Shears - use only on fabric.  Kids, husbands, paper, and scotch tape all take their toll. General / Household scissors - anything goes, keep a couple around for quilt - free abuse.  Pruners, Loppers, Hedge Trimmers - Clean when you notice sap building up on the blades. Alcohol is a great solvent, and has the added benefit of killing pathogens, perform the on-the-spot magic of spit & scrape with a knife.  Oil once or twice a year with WD-40, not a heavy oil or grease, this will keep them working smoothly and prevent  rust from forming, especially during the off-season. Axes,...