are under the misconception that the length of their
shear should be governed by the size of their hand.
In reality, you should really think about the techniques
you are doing to determine the best shear for that
technique. When you are precision cutting hair that
is held between your fingers, you may not need a blade
that is any longer then the distance from the tip of
your finger to the 2nd knuckle. The reality is that
this type of cutting is only one element of todays technique.
Below are techniques that are easier to do with longer
Cutting Bob lines: The hair is combed
down against the neckline. A longer blade allows you
to make fewer cuts to connect the line all the way across.
It makes for a cleaner bob.
Cutting on the skin: Same thing, as
above, you can cut longer sections and get cleaner looks.
Also, the crane handle helps when cutting on the skin
because it lifts the hand away from the client’s
Scissor over comb: The comb is picking
up a wider section than your fingers, a longer blade
allows you to cut that cleanly without the hair falling
out of the comb. That is why most barbers use long blades.
Slide cutting: When you slide cut with
a short blade, your hand moves though the section you
just cut due to it being so close to the blades. Then
you have to comb it again to see what you have accomplished.
With a longer blade you can slide your blades into the
hair and slide cut without messing up your work with
Cutting around the face: With a short
blade your hand is right in the clients face and the
finger rest can actually get near their eye. A longer
blade allows you to cut with your hand back away from
the clients face, you can see better what you are doing
and the client is more comfortable.
the advantages of the longer blade based on the techniques
above and you will be glad you moved up in length. You
will also save several minutes per cut which is the
other benefit of longer blades.