• Handle: Offset
• Blade: Cutting
• Hair: Dry/Wet
• Craftsmanship: Handcrafted
• Steel: TAKEFU VG10/ZDF AG16 Cobalt (or equivalent)
• Hardness: 60-61
• Tension: Japan NMB or equivalent
• Origin: PRC
The name ABOVE comes from our mission to provide quality shears that are above, and beyond the rest. Forged with pride and precision, Above shears are handcrafted by highly skilled shear masters from proprietary cobalt steel and customized ball-bearing system. The Above team combines decades of expert experience in designing and manufacturing well recognized high-end shears for stylists, hairdressers, barbers, and groomers in the community. Above prides itself on creative designing and first-class manufacturing process, and invites you to join this journey of excellence in craftsmanship.
Choosing your Shear Size:
One size does not fit all. Shears come in a variety of sizes from 5 to 7 inches to fit different needs of the clients. It is common to see stylists working with multiple sizes of shears for different cutting techniques. The shorter length is ideal for precision cutting techniques and longer length is best for layer cutting techniques.
Know you Hands:
Buying a pair of shears is like buying a pair of shoes. First you need to know your size. In general, the size of your hand is the size of the shears. To ensure optimal cutting experience, most shears should not extend over your palm.
Every single pair of ABOVE shears has 4 main touch-points:
-Point where the thumb touches the static handle.
-Point where the ring finger touches the dynamic handle.
-Point where the little finger touches finger rest.
-Point where the first and middle finger touch the shank of static handle.
There are 5 key elements to choose a right shear. It looks right. It weighs right. It fits right. It cuts right. It is priced right
Little Finger Matters
In comparison, females tend to have shorter little fingers than males. So shears have to be chosen accordingly, and attention should be paid to shears’ finger rest. Broadly speaking, the shorter the little finger is, the longer and wider the finger rest should be.
PALM and Fist
Offset is where the thumb is at its most natural position. Palm’s width determines shears’ offset, especially for hairdressers who like palm the shear with a fist. The right pair of shears should fit the users’ hand ergonomically and the wrong choice of shears can lead to serious long-term damage to the users’ hand like carpal tunnel and tendonitis.