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Seeking Advice on Trimming Tools

Discussion in 'Grooming' started by MystyxMerle, Dec 10, 2017.

  1. MystyxMerle

    MystyxMerle Forums Novice

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    Hello everyone!

    I’m new to this forum and was wondering what more experienced Sheltie owners would have to say about my question. I have a 5 year old Blue Merle Sheltie with a somewhat thin, dry coat. I’ve always done what I think is an adequate job with grooming (misting the coat before line brushing and all that), but would really like to invest in a good kit/collection of scissors or shears to further compliment his coat.

    Does anyone know of a good trimming kit that I could purchase? I’m determined to learn and have tried with house scissors, which obviously are not what I want to continue using.

    Any suggestions would be great (on both the trimming tools and his dry coat)!

    Thanks!
     
  2. Chris

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    Good scissors cost, but they're so worth it! I have a nice pair of long curved scissors and thinning shears. Try Chris Christensen or Cherrybrook.
     
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  3. MystyxMerle

    MystyxMerle Forums Novice

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    Thanks Chris! I’m willing to pay for a good pair that’ll last. Do you know any specific kits that would have what I need? Or did you purchase yours separately? I’m just not sure what sizes to get.
     
  4. Piper's mom

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    I purchased a good pair of thinning scissors from Rens Pet Depot as well as a good regular scissors but curved would be much better. I think I paid around 150 (Canadian) for the thinning scissors...I don't recall the brand but I remember our breeder saying you want about 47 teeth on them, that way it gives a nice edge, not choppy and the ones I bought do a nice job when I trim his ears.
     
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  5. k9kreationz

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    Silaria had suggested a set that was well-priced (expensive, but well-priced for the quality). I found the link but it's broken, so I think this is what it was: http://www.precisionsharp.com/pc2-package-2/
    Here's their special packages; http://www.precisionsharp.com/Precise-Cut-special-packages/

    I purchased the set, it's awesome! The quality, the ease of cutting, I was blown away. The bent shears is so great for cutting pad fur and omg, the thinning shears, so smooth! I've been using my mom's from like the 50's; those have worked better than even $50 thinning shears (which is dirt cheap compared to what hair stylist/groomers probably pay), which I have bought and thrown away.

    If your dog moves a lot, I suggest purchasing a short stubby tipped pair. I have one, I think the blade is about 2-3" long and it's perfect for my antsy dog who refuses to stay still. Long shears and I'm afraid I'm going to accidentally lop off an ear or something.
     
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  6. MystyxMerle

    MystyxMerle Forums Novice

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    This is exactly what I need. Thank you k9kreationz (and everyone else)! I definitely don't mind investing in a more expensive set that'll last me a while and does a good job. That's amazing that you have a pair from the 50's. Just goes to show that buying a higher quality product will go the distance.

    Asher stands still when told and isn't much of a fidgeter, but I think that I'll stick to a shorter, more stubby pair like you suggested, at least while we're getting the hang of it.

    Thanks again!
     
  7. Chris

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    Those look great -- superb pricing.
     
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  8. Calliesmom

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    I had been buying dog ear trimming scissors until I lost my favorites and couldn't find anything in the stores.
    I ended up getting blunt tipped small scissors at CVS or Walgreens (not sure which)- like these- and I love them...:yes:
     
  9. MystyxMerle

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    That's interesting. I'll most certainly purchase a pair and add it to my new set. Thank you Calliesmom!
     
  10. Calliesmom

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    yes- those are my most used scissors.
    I do also have this kit- I have used the thinning shears from it and maybe twice the shorter straight shears......
    I just don't cut a lot really.....
     

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