THE ARTISTRY OF JAPANESE STEEL BLADES
Choosing a new scissor is not only an important and personal purchase but also an investment. An investment in yourself and your craft. The aim of this article is to help you understand the ins and outs of a very specific element of your scissor: the steel and its origin.
On the surface it’s not a very exhilarating or a very sexy topic, but it’s an incredibly important one and I’m going to explain why understanding scissor steel is crucial for unlocking the magic in your hands.
When it comes to investing in new scissors, not all steels are created equal, and we’re here to break down the nitty-gritty – VG10 vs. sintered, Japanese vs. German – with a crystal-clear message: Japanese scissors are the real winner!
WHY DOES STEEL MATTER ANYWAY?
Before we dive into the ‘steel showdown’, let’s address the elephant in the salon – why does it even matter? Well, your scissors are singularly the most important tool in your tool box and the type of steel they’re made of can make all the difference between a meh cut and a slay-all-day masterpiece. It also makes a massive difference in the longevity and consistency of the sharpness of your scissor.
VG10 STEEL – THE CROWN OF THE JEWEL
Meet VG10, the VIP of Japanese steel, crafted for samurai swords – this bad boy means business. VG10 is all about that razor-sharp edge – the kind of precision that can turn a haircut into a work of art.
Some additional facts! VG-10 is known for its high hardness, typically ranging from 59 to 61 HRC (Rockwell Hardness C scale). This level of hardness allows for excellent edge retention, meaning the blade can maintain its sharpness through extended use.
But there’s more! VG10 doesn’t just play the sharp game; it’s the MVP of durability and corrosion resistance.
SINTERED STEEL – THE TOUGH COOKIE
Now, let’s talk sintered steel, which is used in the Kasho Millennium scissor – the unsung hero in the durability department. Think of sintered steel as the “Tough Guy” of the scissor world – strong, resilient, and ready for any hair adventure, yet it’s light. A scissor forged with sintered steel feels almost weightless in your hand. It’s an unmatched experience.
Through the magic of blending and compacting metal powders, sintered steel emerges as the heavyweight champion, promising you a scissor partner that stands the test of time.
JAPANESE VS. GERMAN – SPOILER ALERT. JAPAN TAKES THE CROWN
Alright, let’s settle the score between Japanese and German steel. It’s like choosing between a ninja and a knight – both cool, but one clearly has the edge.
- Precision Perfected: Japanese steel is the Picasso of the hair world – it crafts details like no other.
- Feather-Light Magic: Japanese scissors are sleek and nimble, giving you the control for those intricate styles.
- Style and Substance: They’re not just scissors; they’re a fashion statement – sleek, stylish, and undeniably fab.
- Solid Durability: German steel is the workhorse – solid, durable, and built for endurance.
- Powerful Performance: German scissors carry a bit more weight, perfect for those who love a powerful cut.
THE TAKEAWAY – JAPANESE STEEL WINS!
When you’re eyeing those shiny new scissors, remember this: Japanese scissors are the holy grail of the hairstyling universe. VG10 steel brings precision, durability, and a touch of glamour to your fingertips. It’s not just a purchase; it’s an investment in your craft, your clients, and the professional that is you.
So, whether you’re a seasoned pro or new to the hair game choose Japanese, as you deserve scissors that truly represent the work you want to be your hairdressing legacy.
Benjamin has a behavioural psychology and retail background, working with several high-end global brands. Following two generations before him, he has for the past 14 years been working in the haircare industry and is today co-owner and marketing director for Kasho UK and The Hair Movement brand. He also manages The Hair Movement Salon, the brands five star concept salon located in South East London.
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