Whilst choosing a new pair of dog grooming scissors, the scissor's sharpness and their ability to perform their grooming tasks, are vital aspects for a dog groomer to consider. However, there are a number of other elements which also to be taken into consideration.
One of those elements to consider, is whether or not the dog grooming scissor has been ergonomically designed.
So, what does ergonomics and ergonomically designed actually mean?
Ergonomics is the applied science of human factor engineering in product design. It is intended to maximise productivity by reducing operator physical effort, fatigue and discomfort.
A fantastic example of this in action is the computer mouse. This product is used (or used to as everything now is touch screen or touchpad) just by using two fingers to click and move around in small areas with the minimum amount of effort. This is done without conscience effort by the user because there is no pressure from the users hand or fingers. It is effortless.
Benefits of Ergonomic Designed Dog Grooming Scissors for a dog groomer.
An ergonomic designed dog grooming scissor puts the least amount of stress on the hand, arm, shoulder and back.
The handles are designed to be in an offset position, allowing the dog grooming scissor to fit in the natural hand position, preventing the finger and thumb from moving and therefore creating a more comfortable and secure grip.
The spacing between the finger and thumb holes helps prevent the groomer’s hand from cramping. A downwards bend in the thumb hole, allows the groomer to straighten the wrist and drop the shoulder and elbow.
What does an offset handle of a scissor look like?
A dog groomer who likes to use scissors with offset handles, will appreciate the contemporary designs of these handles physically and medically, as this handle design allows the groomer to hold the scissor more naturally and cutting more easily.
What does a Straight Handle of scissor look like?
Straight handles are among the most popular types of all scissors used by hairdressers and dog groomers alike, as they are the original handle design.
For dog groomers who like to use their middle finger, the Straight, Classic or opposite handles work the best.
However, despite this design continuing to be so popular, there are many hand and wrist health issues now developing especially for groomers who have been using this handle shape for a long time.
Offset Handle Design vs Straight Handle Design
For a dog groomer, the placement of their thumb rings will be determined by the fact that they are in either a straight line or an offset position.
A Straight handle scissor will place the groomer's thumb just beneath the third finger, whereas an offset handled scissor will position their thumb more naturally in its place.
The difference for a dog groomer, will depend on which design they personally feel more comfortable using. If the dog groomer scissors are well-made, a dog groomer will be more than capable of creating sharp finishes and beautiful trims.
An offset handled dog grooming scissor offers more freedom to a dog groomer's wrist and cut without loosing tension or pressure. The additional feature of the finger rest or tang serves as a rest for the fingers and offers additional stability, comfort as well as control.
Abbfabb Grooming Scissors Ltd offer a wide range of offset and straight handled designed scissors to cater for every dog groomer's preference.