An experts guide to choosing the correct scissor for you.


  1. Select your cutting category (Note that some scissors can cut according to various categories below and therefore found within more than one category)

    Slicing/Blunt Cutting
    Left Handed

  2. Identify what size scissors you want.
  3. Choosing the handle that suits your needs
  4. Understanding what type of blade you are after. Your cutting style/preference may dictate whether a wider or slimmer blade is more suitable
  5. Understand the different types of materials used (Hitachi, Cobalt, Titanium)

What size scissors should you be using?

Ultimately, personal preference plays a significant role in choosing the size of hairdressing scissors. Some hairdressers may prefer shorter scissors for their agility and precision, while others may prefer longer scissors for their cutting power and versatility.

Here are some factors to consider when selecting the size of hairdressing scissors:

Hand Size
Hairdressers with smaller hands may find shorter scissors more comfortable to handle, while those with larger hands might prefer longer scissors. The average size of scissors used is between 5.5 inches to 6 inches. Ensure that the size of the scissors allows for a comfortable grip and easy maneuverability. Consider the weight and balance of the scissors as well, as these factors can affect comfort during extended use.

Cutting Technique
The cutting technique you primarily use can influence the size of scissors. For example, if you are a precision or detailed cutter, a 5 or 5.5 inch scissor may be more suitable. For scissor over comb, typically a 6.5 inch and above is more suitable.

Hair Type
For fine or delicate hair, shorter scissors may offer better control and precision. For thick or coarse hair, longer scissors with larger blades may be more effective for cutting through dense sections.

You’d like to increase the size of your scissors, what is there to expect?
Sometimes, expanding the size of your scissors can feel intimidating, particularly if you're unsure about its effects on your comfort. Gradually increasing by one inch at a time can make adapting to the change easier (though it may still take a week or more, and there's a chance of accidental nicks during this adjustment period). If you're considering a leap from 5.5 inches to 7 inches, it's advisable to have previously assessed the comfort levels by handling a colleague's pair. Nevertheless, after acclimating to the change, you're likely to find that larger scissors enhance efficiency in your work!


Otherwise known as level-set, classic, or straight handle is designed with symmetrical finger holes. Although less ergonomic, this type of handle does provide versatility for certain scissors e.g. some thinning scissors can be flipped and used both ways. This handle is for the traditionalists and the oldest form of scissor handle designs. 

Cutting: YC, YH

Thinning: CXS, DUO, CL25T

Ergo (2D)

Industry developments led to an ergonomic handle offering more comfort than the classics. Design of shortening the thumb hole meant a significant drop in elbow and shoulder position. Known as 2D given the handle does not offer as much room for the thumb to manouvre (hence flatter). Highly recommended for new cutters to reduce hand and wrist strains early on in the career.

Cutting: C4, GX, CLY, YMS

Thinning: AD30T, YM383


Evolution of the offset design. Super Ergo  now has more thumb space to allow for easy manouvering and positioning of the scissors. This additional space gives it the "3D" nature. Highly recommended for those with carpal tunnel or repititive strain injuries.

Cutting: YWX, MT, CLZ, Mika

Thinning: YWX30T, TAN30T


Crane handle was savious for point and precision cutters. With a curved design between handle and blade, this allows cutters to point cut (tip pointing down) with less strain to the wrist. This curvature means you can cut at a certain angles with ease.

Cutting: Zeta, CR

Osaka Blades

Hollow Ground / Convex Blades

At Osaka, all our scissors contain hollow ground blades. The inside of a hollow ground scissors blade, from the cutting edge to the back of the blade, is concave or hollowed-out. This means that there is a curved indentation along the blade’s length. The hollowed-out area produces a lined inside edge, resulting in a smoother feeling cut. Essentially, there’s less metal to rub against during cutting, which contributes to the blade’s performance.

The hollow grind provides a very thin and exceptionally sharp edge. When you use scissors with a hollow ground blade, you’ll notice that they cut smoothly and effortlessly. 

Are wider or narrower blades more suitable for my cutting style?

The width of a scissor blade can have a significant impact on its performance, affecting various aspects such as cutting power, precision, versatility, and ease of use. Ultimately, the choice of blade width depends on the specific requirements of the task at hand and the preferences of the user. Different blade widths offer different advantages and trade-offs, and selecting the most appropriate one involves considering factors such as the type of hair being cut,, the desired level of precision, and the user's comfort and handling preferences.

A wider blade generally allows for more cutting power, as it can accommodate a larger volume of hair between the blades. This can be particularly beneficial when cutting thicker/dense hair. 

On the other hand, narrower blades typically offer greater precision, especially when cutting intricate or detailed patterns. A narrower blade allows for more precise control over the cutting action, enabling users to make fine adjustments and execute delicate cuts with accuracy.

The width of the blade can also impact the scissors' versatility. Wider blades may excel at cutting through thicker hair but could be less suitable for intricate work requiring tight turns or fine detail. Narrower blades, on the other hand, are often more versatile and can handle a broader range of cutting tasks, including both fine and coarse materials.

The width of the blade can affect the overall feel and comfort of using the scissors. Wider blades may feel more substantial in the hand and provide a more stable grip, which can be advantageous for users who prefer a firmer grip or need to exert more force during cutting. Narrower blades, by contrast, may feel lighter and more agile, allowing for quicker, more nimble movements.


Wide Blade (link to slice/blunt)

Narrow Blade (link to precision)

Cutting Power

Offers more cutting power, suitble for thicker as it can accomodate a larger volume of hair between the blades. This can be particularly beneficial when cutting thicker/dense hair.

May offer less power, better for intricate cuts or smaller sections of hair.


Less precise, better for general cutting tasks

More precise, suitable for intricate or detailed work. Around the ear or neck cuts or areas with difficult angles to reach. More control over the cutting action, enabling users to make fine adjustments and execute delicate cuts with accuracy.


Given the size of the blade, may be limited in performing intricate cuts.

More versatile, suitable for a wide range of tasks

Ease of Use

May feel more substancial, and provides stability. Some cutters like to feel the weight of the scissor in their hands.

Lighter and more agile, allows for quicker movements

Hitachi 440C

Hitachi 440C sets the baseline as the commonly preferred stainless steel for crafting high-quality scissors and cutting tools. At Osaka Scissors, it stands out as a choice that strikes a balance between affordability and quality, allowing our clients to build a collection of multiple high-performance shears without exceeding their budget.

ATS314 and VG10 Cobalt Steel

Recognized for its outstanding corrosion resistance, good edge retention, and ease of sharpening, Hitachi 440C is a stainless steel variety that meets the demands of precision cutting tools. With a high carbon content ranging from 0.95% to 1.20%, this steel contributes to the hardness of the scissors, ensuring durability and longevity. Notably, 440C is nickel-free, making it a suitable option for individuals with nickel allergies. Choose Osaka for an accessible price-to-quality ratio, providing you with the opportunity to enhance your toolkit with top-notch shears.

High-end scissors often utilize cobalt steel, a special alloy enriched with hard metals like molybdenum, vanadium, and cobalt. This unique composition enhances wear resistance, rust resistance, and edge longevity when compared to alternative metals. One notable distinction is the cutting sensation; cobalt scissors deliver a noticeably softer and smoother cut, diverging from the choppy feel associated with lower quality alternatives. Upgrade your cutting experience with cobalt steel scissors for enduring performance and precision. Here at Osaka scissors, we use two types: Cobalt ATS314 and VG10.

Titanium (Signature Black & Rose Gold)

Experience the vibrancy of Osaka titanium scissors, which not only adds a burst of color but also serves as a protective coated layer for those sensitive to certain metals. Hypoallergenic and ideal for individuals with metal sensitivities or allergies, titanium brings both style and functionality to hairstyling.

Embrace sleek and modern designs with titanium hair scissors. The aesthetic appeal of this material, coupled with its hypoallergenic properties, makes these scissors a favored choice among hairstylists. Elevate your cutting experience with scissors that not only look good but also cater to the needs of those with sensitivities.

Here at Osaka Scissors, we have titanium scissors for both Hitachi 440C and Cobalt models. Available in Signature Black and Rose Gold.