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Adjust tension with the blades closed

A. shears closed B. shears at 9 o'clock

D. shears at 10 o'clock C. shears at 11 o'clock

Offset Shears ~ Why are so many haircutters using them?

image of carpal bones

Tens of thousands of hairdressers suffer unnecessarily from the effects of cutting hair. That's because the repetitive wrist motion required to open and close shears causes the Median Nerve in your hand to rub against a narrow space in the underside of your wrist called the Carpal Tunnel.

Repeating this movement thousands of times, day after day, can damage the nerve and cause tingling, numbness or pain to the areas it supplies: the thumb, index finger, middle finger and ring finger. The resulting condition is called Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Shears designed with offset handles help prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and increase comfort by relaxing your elbow downward, leveling your wrist in a more neutral cutting position and limits flexing of the wrist; thereby reducing wrist motion and the pressure on the Median Nerve.


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Handle designs

(A) Straight (B) Semi-offset (C) Offset

Crane Handle

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The crane handle is also offset but it has one significant difference. If you hold the blades of crane shear horizontally, the handle will angle downward instead of being centered on the blades. This dramatically improves the ergonomics because it relieves and prevents stress on the thumb, arm and shoulder by allowing the hairdresser to cut with their elbow in a lower position. The same angle of the handle also moves the stylists hand away from the body when cutting on the skin allowing for a freer more open cut. For most stylists, a crane handle shear is recommended to relieve stress and minimize risk of Repetitive Strain Injury, or Carpel Tunnel Syndrome. Some Crane handles also have an anatomical thumb as well.

Typical Cutting Positions

Using Professional Hair Styling Shears

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Handle Grips

Anatomic Grip

anatomic grip
Anatomically curved for greated freedom of radial movement

Cutaway Thumb

cutaway thumb
For greater comfort

Standard Grip

standard grip
Removable / reversible finger rest can be attached to either side for left or right handed sylist compatibility

Anatomic Thumb

anatomic thumb
For maximum comfort

Blade Designs

There are only two types of shear blades. Choose the performance you need.

Beveled Edge

Beveled edge
The oldest blade design. Can cut well, but requires more force than the convex blade.

Convex or Hamaguri Edge

Convex edge
State of the art, smoother cutting blade. A must for slide cutting. These are harder to make and therefore more expensive, but worth it.