Mastercut Protégé 6½” (46T) Blending Dog Grooming Scissors
Part of Mastercut’s entry-level collection, made for those looking to improve their scissor skills and upgrade from ‘professional’ to more ‘specialist’ cutting tools. The entire collection comprises of straight, curved, blending and texturising models, essential for mastering specific cutting techniques and creating different breed styles.
Blenders vs thinners.
Blenders remove imperfections and create a smooth transition between different lengths of coat. Thinners remove bulk and change the texture of thicker hair, making it easier to style. Thinners have teeth on both blades whilst blenders incorporate a straight cutting edge. Tooth design varies according to blade length, width and spacing. This determines the amount of hair removal with multiple cuts sometimes proving necessary to achieve the desired look.
Features & Benefits:
These particular dog grooming scissors measures 6½″ (about 16½cm) which, is a good length for styling lots of breeds. They have a number of specific features designed to improve handling, cutting performance and usability, including…
Off-set Handles: Developed to improve comfort and control. Promoting ‘open-hand’ grip to prevent hand fatigue and reduce muscle tension caused by repetitive movement. Designed prevent strain injuries such as RSI and carpal tunnel syndrome.
Convex Blades: Made for precision cutting and incredibly sharp. Pledges crisp, clean lines and contours but, demands careful and appropriate use to prevent blade damage. Ideally suited for use with clean and well prepared coats only.
Pivot Screw: A useful aid to alter tension between the cutting blades. Although subject to personal preference, incorrect setting can cause hair to bend and prematurely dull the cutting edge. The pivot screw allows you to set tension quickly and easily without the use of tools.
How do I use them?
Off-set handles are designed to encourage more comfortable ‘open-hand’ grip, using the ring finger and thumb. This handle style features shorter shanks to prevent over extension, which can cause repetitive strain injuries. Once inserted through the finger rings, operate using your thumb to smoothly open and close the blades. Always remove the hair in small amounts to avoid mistakes and stepped changes in hair length.
What else should I know?
Convex blades are incredibly sharp but, also delicate. To avoid damaging them, regularly monitor their tension and, adjust accordingly to avoid grinding or catching the blades. The pivot screw enables you to do this without tools, applying incremental pressure until moving parts are firm but not tight. A few drops of oil near the pivot point will also help the blades run smooth.
A few final words of advice.
Like other precision cutting instruments, convex dog grooming scissors demand care and attention to keep them in good working order. As such, we recommend the following:
- Avoid using convex scissors on dirty or greasy coats. These can harbour fine particles and contaminates, which act just like abrasives and can quickly dull the cutting blades.
- To help create volume and structure in the coat, consider using a scissoring spray. This will help you attain sharper lines, smoother contours and crisp texture.
- Always clean and oil your scissors after use and, consider storing them a protective sheath or wallet to avoid accidental damage.
For more advice on choosing and understanding different types of professional dog grooming scissors, check out our buyers guide article here.
Alternatively, visit Groomers Gallery and, brush up on essential skills through our online masterclass video series.