Hairdressing scissors (including left-handed scissors) are taken apart and cleaned so that we can examine each blade under magnification to identify any damage.
If your previous sharpener used a bench grinder to grind away the expensive convex edges and replace them with cheap bevelled edges - we will tell you whether or not it would be possible to re-convex the hairdressing scissors/ left-handed scissors back to how they were when you first purchased them.
All blade imperfections are removed with Japanese wet stones. If we ascertain that the scissors are bent, we will determine whether the scissors can withstand pressure and undergo a re-shaping process.
The original manufacturers cutting angle is established so that we can ensure that the most minimal amount of metal is removed during the sharpening process. We use a water-cooled machine to ensure scissors never over-heat.
The condition of the centre screw/thumb tensioner is assessed and if required, screws, washers, finger rests and bumpers will be replaced.
We use 2 grades of Japanese wet stones to hand sharpen the inside of each blade. Blades are continually assessed under magnification so that we can identify the areas (nicks and damage) which need the most work; this is a lengthy process which produces highly polished edges.
We hand sharpen the outside of each blade on the most advanced high precision equipment in the world, designed exclusively to sharpen professional hairdressing scissors (including left-handed scissors) to factory sharpness. The outside edges are honed and highly polished, using premium products to produce smooth sharp scissors with a mirror finish.
If necessary, tips are adjusted and reshaped by hand. They are then rounded off, de-burred and polished.
It is imperative that the hairdressing scissors are re-tensioned and balanced.
Lubrication is applied and worked into the scissors. We then test the cut along the length of the blades, using a specially made fabric.
Lastly, the tips are tested on clean hair.