“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” …Gandhi
I have been involved in the salon industry for 30 years. I was trained in Irvine CA. I currently own KB Shears, where I do all my own sharpening, as well as, mail in sharpening for Kamisori Shears.
Recently, I returned from Atlanta GA where I attended some advanced sharpening classes. This is an annual event. Certified sharpeners of the National Beauty Tool Sharpeners Guild gather and share updates of new shears and techniques.
I strive to be the best at what I do in order to be the best for you.
The initial training to be certified to sharpen shears is not enough for me. So it is necessary for me to remain up to date on new techniques and new shear technology. In order for me to do that I attend sharpening conventions on a regular basis.
I have also studied metallurgy of Japanese stainless steel. This is how I can offer you value in the shears you purchase. Unfortunately in this industry a buyer must beware of sellers, some even large companies, so they do not get cheated.
When purchasing salon shears you will not always get what you pay for; companies large and small take advantage of stylists not knowing metallurgy. They will hype up what their shear is made of by using alloy names to describe their shears. One of the largest manufacturers of shears uses “High Carbon” to describe their $1700 440c shear. Carbon is only a principle hardener added to make stainless steel and is not over 1.2%. Carbon is the basic hardener; it is found in all stainless salon shears. Therefore this company purposely misleads buyers.
So in order to protect stylists of being cheated, I started teaching voluntarily at Beauty Colleges in Southern Oregon and Northern CA. I teach classes in shears. How to get what you pay for, how to fit a shear to your hand, and how to recognize fraudulent sellers.
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Educate yourselves, it is the one thing nobody can take from you.
It is not rocket science to know what you should be getting when you pay for a shear.
…never trust a company that does not tell you what your shears are made of. It is simple to recognize value when you…