There is still a lot of misunderstanding surrounding these scissors. This is mainly due to the fact that the technique is being confused with the name of the scissor. When considering this type of scissor, always keep in mind that these scissors are designed to lift, hold the hair and remove some of the hair.
The term "thinning' is the removal of bulk hair and 'blending' is making a seamless transition between two or more coat lengths, for example, a West Highland White skirt.
Both of these tasks can be achieved with a scissor that has small to medium teeth on one or both blades.
Issues can arise when a dog groomer choses the wrong tooth size for an unsuitable task. For example, a 6.5" scissor with 48 teeth on one blade will not cope with bulk thinning work. This is because the teeth and spaces are too small to accommodate large amounts of hair. This scissor is designed for blending work on finer hair. The teeth and spaces are small enough to not leave scissor marks on the coat. At the other end of the scale, a 7" scissor with 34 large teeth are designed to thin hair, the teeth and space are larger. However, scissor marks can be left on finer hair, if the scissor is not used correctly.
When choosing a scissor for blending or thinning work, a dog groomer must keep in mind the type of work, coat type and thickness they will be working with and chose their tools appropriately. Never try to force a scissor to be 'Jack of all trades' by loosening the tension screw. This may work on very rare occasions, but the stress and damage to the scissor will be costly to the groomer.
Please take a look at our range of Blending and Thinning Scissors.