Friday, May 16, 2008
TESTING LEFT- HANDED SHEARS
I may have mentioned this before, if I have, please forgive me; but I recently had a run of true left-hand shears come in that were sharpened improperly and that got me thinking about testing them.
Whether you're testing a fabric shear or a beauty shear, if it's a true lefty, you should test it with your left hand. This is because of the blade orientation. If you try to test a lefty with your right hand, you are actually separating the blades as you squeeze the shear closed. You can recognize a true left by looking over the top of a shear. If the finger blade is on the left-hand side of the pivot, it's a true left. If it's on the right, it's a right handed shear. Don't go by the handle! There are many right-handed shears with left-handed handles on the market!
Many people don't believe me when I tell them this, but it's true. In fact, if a left-handed person has always cut with right-handed shears and switches to a true left, they often can't cut with it. This is because they've gotten used to pulling with their thumb when they cut, but that's another story.
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