​How To Choose The Best Left Handed Dog Grooming Scissors?

​How To Choose The Best Left Handed Dog Grooming Scissors?

Posted by B. Riggins on 26th Aug 2020

Choosing the best dog scissors for left handed groomers, is one of the most important decisions you have to make. The scissors you choose have a great influence on the speed and quality of your work, the health of your hands and your wallet! 

Before buying dog grooming scissors, it is best to use them in real life. Your choice depends on several factors: the quality of the metal, the size of your hands and fingers, the size of your dog, the price, and whether it is for left-handed or right-handed groomers.

Quality of the metal

If you want to buy a pair of grooming scissors that you will use regularly, it is important to choose good metal scissors.

Soft metal scissors are usually cheaper. They are also automatically thicker and heavier because the cutting edges must be at right angles. Soft metal scissors need to be sharpened more often, which means costs and waiting time.

Hard metal scissors are usually more expensive and of good quality. They cut without straining the muscles and you can work longer and more efficiently because they do the work automatically. 

Thanks to their sharp cutting edges, there is no strain on your muscles or hands and you can work faster. They are made of harder steel, the blades are thinner and lighter and still have an angle that is sharp. 

They also stay sharp so you can cut thicker layers better, like with a knife through butter.

Dimensions of hands and fingers

A pair of grooming scissors should fit well in your hand and should not be too heavy for you. The screw should be in the right place so that the scissors are well balanced in your hand and do not lean too far forward or backward. 

Dog grooming scissors come in different sizes and all kinds of short and long tangs.

A person with long fingers should choose scissors with a long handle 

(1). This is comfortable for the thumb and you can open your hand completely while cutting the dog's hair. European and American scissors have a normal long handle.

A person with short fingers should choose scissors with a short handle. 

(2). If you have to cut with scissors that have a handle that is too long for you, you will have to open your thumb too wide. 

This movement is a strain on the fingers and hand. Especially if you are a professional groomer and work with dogs for several hours a day.

The size of the dog

The scissors are available in different lengths. The cutting blades can be very short or very long. dog scissors vary in length from 4" to 10". The choice of the correct blade length depends on the size of the dog or the size of the surface you are cutting.

For large dogs or large surfaces, it is recommended to use scissors with a long blade. Most cuts with long blades are made on curly coats such as: insects, poodles, Lhasa’s puppies, etc..

For small dogs or small surfaces, it is recommended to use scissors with a short blade. In places like the inside of the hind legs, precision work around the eyes or ear tips is easier to cut with short blades.

Best Shear Price 

The price of grooming scissors depends very much on the material, finish and edge.

Cheap dog grooming scissors are usually made of softer metals, which can be damaged more easily. That is why they need to be sharpened more often and you will have to wait until you can use the scissors again. 

The cheap price may also depend on a minimalist finish or cheap packaging.

Expensive grooming scissors are usually made of harder metals, keep the edge longer and need to be sharpened less. The high price may also be due to the shears finish, for example with gold or precious stones, the blade edge type, an accessory.

Left-handed or right-handed

There are scissors adapted for left-handers. These grooming shears for left-handers differ from grooming shears for right-handers in that they are placed on a table with the screw on top and looking at the thumb ring.

In the case of left-handed scissors, the thumb ring is on the right. In the case of right-handed scissors, this is on the left.

When using scissors, you push with your thumb and pull with your other fingers, so that the blades come together. If a left-handed person has been forced to use scissors for the right hand, they have a cutting technique in which these actions are reversed: pull with the thumb and push with the rest of the fingers. 

As a left-handed person it is very difficult to unlearn this self-learning technique once you cut with real left-handed scissors.