Improving Your Output with the Right Tools, clipper blade hardness

Pet grooming, just like everything else, has two sides to fully grooming a pet.  On one side is the skill of the groomer, and this is extremely important because it is a talent, and not all people are born with such talents.  The other side though is something that is equally important: the right tools.  If you put bad tools in the hands of an excellent groomer, you might come up with a pet that might look like it was groomed at home.  If you put the right tools in the groomer’s hands, the excellence would be more than noticeable.

how bad can clipepr blade be sharpened

titanium oxide clipper blade

So people ask, “Which would be the best clipper blades to put in the hands of a pet groomer?”  It all boils down to the hardness of the clipper blades.  The clipper blades that have a Rockwell hardness of 92 would be really great.  Some say the gold coating is what makes the difference, but that is really just a coating of titanium oxide.  If you look closely at the tip of the clippers, you would notice that the blades are still silver in color and therefor still made of stainless steel.


wahl competition clipper blade

wahl competition clipper blade

There are other good blades such as the Wahl Competition Series blades, however these have a Rockwell hardness of 64.  That is not as hard as a 92, and could be a bit cheaper as compared to the Agion blades that are anti-microbial and come with a hardness of 82.  The toss up between all these blades is really dependent on how much longer a blade can last before it needs to be sharper once again.  The harder, more expensive items might be more expensive but can survive heavier projects and may need to be sharpened less frequently.



Ceramic Blades

There are also the new clippers that a lot of people call plastic clippers.  This is really a wrong description though, since the blades are nowhere near plastic, but are made from minerals that are heated to high temperatures and then formed into clippers.  They can withstand heat, are very hard, can be sharpened, and can maintain their sharpness up to three times longer than your stainless steel clippers.  They can be 2 times more expensive as compared to their stainless steel counterparts though.  They may be perfect, except for one more thing.  They are also brittle.

Ceramic top cutter

Ceramic top cutter

If you drop ceramic cutters, there is a huge tendency that they could chip and shatter.  If you are cutting and also encounter a bit of rock hidden within fur (although this should not happen if the dog is properly cared for), the blade can also chip.  Of course these can still be sharpened and brought back to life, but only if the chips are not too deep.  If they are, you might end up buying a new set of clippers.


Hollow Ground Blades – more here click- 

Most of the scissors that you find usually have flat edges that rub against each other whenever the scissor is closed.  This is rather efficient, but if you use it for long periods of time the pair of scissors can heat up because of the friction.  Friction and heat are both not good, so groomers and hair dressers prefer the adjustable scissors that are “hollow ground”.

Hollow grinding is a technique wherein the blade is sharpened in such a way that only the tips of the blades come together.  When the clipper is closed, a hollow area is formed in the middle of the clipper.  This reduces the amount of friction whenever the clipper is opened and closed repeatedly.

There are a lot of blade types out in the market, and it just all boils down to your preference: would you want to go for a clipper that would be a bit pricey but stay sharp longer?  Or would you prefer to take care of your tools and go for the ceramic blades?  Some prefer to mix and match, and the choice really is up to you.

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