Scissors University©

Tension Settings & Video   

What You Need To Know About Scissors©

Tension is second to no other function of scissors, including the sharpness. Every aspect of performance depends on the quality of it's material and attentiveness to it's purpose. Can you imagine that there would ever be a reason to ignore it. Don't forget to bring your scissors to this class.

Adjusting scissors is your daily responsibility.

Always clean & oil before adjusting.

 

Tension is the ability of the blades to gently press against each other allowing scissors to cut hair with precision.

 

Ignoring the importance of this daily maintenance will cause premature dulling or damage to the scissors edge and your ability to create precise cutting results.

 

Each pair of scissors has a correct tension setting. The type of tension system that is on your scissors determines that setting. 

What type of tension system is on your scissors;

Every system will match one of these three types.

 

System A. Tension with any type of external or recessed nut that clicks when adjusted.

 

System B. Tension screw that is adjusted with a screw drive or a coin.

 

System C.Tension with any type of external or recessed nut that does not click when adjusted.

 

Start each tension system setting with Step 1 & 2. Then finish with each systems proper setting.

Step One: Always start by holding your scissors straight up by the thumb ring with the point at the 12:00 o'clock position; the finger ring blade points at the 9:00 o'clock position.

Step Two: Gently release the finger ring blade checking to see if it will drop or balance at the 9:00 o'clock position.

System A: First Follow Step One & Step Two.

For a tension systems that click when you adjust it, the finger ring blade should balance lightly at the 9:00 o'clock position. 

 

Once balanced slightly shake the scissor downward, it needs to drop easily to the 10 o'clock position. If it does not drop easily when shaken the scissor is to tight; loosen slightly. Retest.

 

System B. First Follow Step One & Step Two.

 

For a tension system that needs a screwdriver or a coin to adjust; gently release finger ring blade from the 9:00 o'clock position and it should easily stop at the 11:00 o'clock position. 

 

System C: First Follow Step One & Step Two.

 

For a tension system that does not click when it is adjusted; gently release the finger ring blade from the 9:00 o'clock position and it should  stop at the 10 o'clock position.

 
 
Watch video of scissors Adjustment A
See external & recessed click system, using chamois, adjustment key, and many useful tips.
 
Watch video of scissors Adjustment B
See the adjustment process for a  standard screw system and many useful tips.

Edge Shadow Part One  60 sec

If you ever needed visual proof to be the incentive to check and adjust your scissors tension system on a daily basis this video will help with that. This is a short close up slow motion video of the cutting edge contact point on both blades of hair cutting scissors. With the correct tension setting the contact point appears as a small black dot moving up and down the blade like an elevator.

 

Edge Shadow Part Two 60 sec

 

This is a short close up slow motion video of the cutting edge contact point on both blades of hair cutting scissors. With the correct tension setting the contact point appears as a small black dot moving up and down the blade like an elevator. In this video there has been thumb pressure applied. You can easily see the blades separate and then compress with the flexing of the thumb.