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Standard Sharpening Standard sharpening is done using industrial abrasive discs specifically designed for sharpening shears. It is best used on convex or beveled edge shears that are used for general purpose cutting. If you have high quality shears that you use for slide, slither, or scoop cutting then you really want the diamond edge. Ask me to loan you my Cobalt shears that have been Diamond Sharpened. What is Diamond Sharpening? Diamond sharpening is done using diamond paste in much the same way as standard sharpening. The major difference is that the diamond impregnated discs are softer so there is less noise during the sharpening process. Why Would You Want it? Diamond sharpening is best used on convex shears that are made of very hard metals such as cobalt, cadmium, titanium, nickel alloys, and very high quality hardened steel. Doing the sharpening with diamonds on a soft disc results in a much smoother sharper edge while usually removing less metal from the blades. Result, the shears stay sharp longer and simply last longer. When Do You Want It? Do you do a lot of slide (wet or dry), slither, or scoop cutting? Point cutting for blending or weight removal? Then you will love the razor sharp edge that diamond sharpening can put on your shears. When You Don't Want It. Do you mostly do blunt cuts? Do you do dry cutting? Do you do a lot of point cutting for texture? Do you do a lot of cutting on very course hair? These are all cutting services where you don't want or need the hair to be able to slip during the cut so if the blades are "too smooth", especially on the blunt or dry cuts, you can't get nice clean lines. During point cutting for texture, if the hair slides, out then you have to go back again and again causing lengthy service times. For this kind of cutting talk to me about serration and specialty sharpening for multi-purpose convex or beveled edge shears. SERRATION 101 What is serration? In it's simplest form it is like having teeth on the blade of the shears. This is usually done on the finger blade but can be on both blades of shears specifically intended for cutting very course hair. The "teeth" trap the hair so it cannot slide out allowing for sharper weight lines and faster cutting. Often the shears will have a beveled edge and be specifically intended for use cutting dry hair usually in a shear over comb technique used by barbers. Some convex shears may also have some serration near the tip of one or even both blades. This is most likely to be done for someone that does a lot of point cutting for texture. Putting the serration only on the tips allows the stylist to still be able to do some slither, slide, or scoop cutting by opening the shear wide but,, this can be awkward during detail cutting. The down side of serration is that if it is coarse or on both blades, then the shears feel "rough" during the cut and may require more hand strength to close.