How To Choose Scissors

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If you are looking for scissors, the abundant choice on offer can make this task both easier and harder. Despite it being a common item in any household, buying the right scissors requires some knowledge of their properties. To help you chose the scissors that will last and cut impeccably, let's look at the most common types of scissors.  
Nail Scissors INOX Style n4 by Niegeloh (Solingen, Germany)
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All scissors are made to cut. But not all scissors cut equally well.

One reason is the quality: the better the metal used for making scissors, the more precise the cut. Fine steel made of high grade materials, such as Solingen-Germany, is guaranteed to keep its excellent cutting properties for many years without the need for re-sharpening. It is also important that the metal is rust-proof and has no additives that may cause allergic reaction if scissors will be used on the skin, e.g. for a manicure or for a baby’s nails.

Only the finest materials and reputable technologies allow a claim of exceptional quality of the steel. Therefore, if you are buying the best scissors, spend an extra dollar and enjoy sharpness and precision with every cut.

On the other hand, many people are confused about which scissors are for which purpose. A very common mistake is to use the wrong scissors to perform a task. For example, nail scissors should not be used to cut paper or fabric because this can damage the cutting edge and cause scissors to become blunt. The ultimate rule is that each type of scissors are designed to work on a certain material. And if you want them to last, use the right type for the right purpose.

A word of caution: scissors should be replaced or professionally sharpened when the blades begin to dull or no longer cut effectively as this may increase the risk of injury.

Now let's look at the differences among common types of grooming scissors.
Professional TOPINOX Nail Scissors by Niegeloh (Solingen, Germany)
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Nail scissors

Nail scissors are used to shorten and shape finger- and toenails. They usually have curved blades to follow the natural shape of the nail. Scissors with micro-serration are particularly advantageous because they allow better control without distorting the nail. If you have thick nails, you may want to consider a nail nipper (also called pliers) or a nail clipper, as they allow greater leverage and comfort.
Professional TOPINOX Cuticle Scissors by Niegeloh (Solingen, Germany)
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Professional TOPINOX Cuticle Scissors by Niegeloh (Solingen, Germany)

Cuticle scissors

Cuticle scissors look like a slimmer version of nail scissors and are used to remove the excess or dried skin of the cuticle and in the nail corners. Sharp, pointed and slim tips allow you to reach the cuticle easily and cut off only the dead skin, without ripping the live tissue. Since the cuticle protects the nail from infections, fine and well ground scissors help to cut only the dead skin without cutting anything else. For a more precise cut in hard-to-reach areas, scissors with narrow blades and extra pointed tips prove to be the best choice.
Combined Scissors by Niegeloh (Solingen, Germany)
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Combined nail & cuticle scissors

Nail scissors with a so-called tower point, blend the best qualities of both scissors. Their wider part can be used for trimming nails and the pointed part - for fine corners and cuticles. These scissors are very practical and convenient for travelling.
TOPINOX Baby Scissors by Niegeloh (Solingen, Germany)
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Baby scissors

It goes without saying that baby scissors have to be of the utmost quality because baby's skin and nails are so soft and sensitive. The best scissors for babies are small with narrow blades and blunt tips, to allow maximum control and minimise the risk of cutting the skin.

Good baby scissors are a huge helper in such an important (and scary for some parents) task as trimming baby's nails. Here is the checklist to help you choose the best scissors for your baby.


Good quality scissors for babies:

  • Are made of the finest quality metal, i.e. stainless steel
  • Don't contain any additives which may cause an allergic reaction
  • Rust-proof to allow sterilisation
  • Cut nails gently and without exertion.
Beard & Moustache Scissors by Hans Kniebes (Solingen, Germany)
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Beard & Moustache scissors

The blades are straight and long and usually micro-serrated, so that the beard hair cannot slip from the blade. These scissors allow a smooth and precise cut and are great if you want to have a neat look and trim your beard or moustache easily and without effort.
Ear & Nose Scissors by Niegeloh (Solingen, Germany)
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Ear & Nose scissors

Ear and nose scissors have small rounded tips to safely remove hairs in small narrow areas of the nose and ears. Since the skin in these areas is extremely sensitive, the ball points help to minimise the risk of injury.




Diabetic Toenail Scissors by Hans Kniebes Manicure (Solingen, Germany)
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Scissors for special needs

People with certain conditions, such as limited circulation or diabetes, should be very careful when cutting their nails as a tiny cut can lead to serious complications, including amputation. Special diabetes scissors have rounded tips and edges to minimise possible damage of the sensitive nerves of the skin. Since diabetics should take extra care of their feet, these scissors should be made of very high quality rust-free steel and be sterilisable to prevent any infection.
Professional Hairdressing Scissors by Niegeloh  (Solingen, Germany)
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Hairdressing scissors

Among many designs, there are two main types of hairdressing scissors: one with straight slim blades, and one with blades that resemble thin fingers. The former are used for cutting the hair, while the latter for thinning or modelling. Sharpness is paramount for haircutting scissors, to allow the desired precision and smooth cut. Scissors should be comfortable to hold and this is the reason why they come in many variations of the thumb rings and blades angles, to ensure the perfect balance and control for a hairdresser.
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