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July 03, 2019 7 min read

5 Minute Guide To Barber Shears In 2020

For the sharpest haircuts that gives you confidence and keeps clients coming back, finding the best pair ofbarber shears is what brings you to the next level.
In case you are just here for a quick peek of what pairs are trending, here is a taste of the best barbering scissors of 2020 from Japan Scissors: 


The difference between up-and-coming apprentice barbers and experienced professionals is a good knowledge of what type of barber shears have excellent edges that give the sharpest cuts, what kind of scissor sizes suit your style, and which blade edges suit your cutting type.

Read on as we cover all aspects of barber shears to find the best pair that suits you in Australia. 

What’s The Difference Between Hairdressing Scissors and Barber Shears?

Barber Shears Sizes

Within the hair cutting scissors ranges you will find 4.5”, 5”, 5.5”, 6”, 6.5” and 7” as the most common sizes used in both hairdressing and barbering.

You will find that people who work in hairdressing salons typically lean towards the smaller range and barbershops and men's salons usually lean towards the large range, as most professionals have experience and understand what suits their styles, we won’t cover this too deeply.

The smaller range of hair cutting scissors are the 4.5”, 5” and 5.5” and are popular within the hairdressing industry as they provide precision and are better for creating closer, more detailed cuts that are popular within salons. Another factor for choosing a smaller size is people’s hand sizes, as finger inserts only help so much, typically when placing the scissor on your palm the end blade should reach the middle finger if you extend it.

The main reasoning for this is about controlling each cut and giving you confidence, for every half inch that the scissor blade goes beyond your middle finger, you will lose a little control making it more difficult to cut with.

Barbering includes different hairstyles and the type of scissors you use will depend on the type of men’s hairstyles you want to achieve.

The most important factor in deciding which barber shear to choose is to find a size that suits your style of cutting and typically barbers and using 6”, 6.5” and 7” as the blade is in line with the tip of the male middle finger and the finger hole on the longest handle is touching your thumb.

2019 Barber Hair cutting Finger and Comb Styles

What Types of Scissors Blades 

The two categories of blades used for hair cutting by barbers and hairdressers are bevelled edge blades, which are very popular with German Scissors, and Convex edge blades, which are very popular with Japanese shears.

The types of blades depending on your own preference and your experience of how each type fits your cutting style.

With the bevelled edge blades, they are constructed from various lightweight steel and usually have a level of the curve within them.

This stops hair from sliding down, so they are particularly good at entry-level blades as they are easy to use and cut any falling hair. These do not perform well for slicing styles as the hair builds up on the blade the more you cut.

The Convex edge blades are the sharpest of blades, and this is particularly impressive with Japanese made scissors, as it also requires specialist sharpening skills to be able to maintain and improve on these types of shears.

The difficulty in creating extreme sharpness with convex blades requires high-quality steel with superior hardness. Scissors made from high-quality steel with convex edge blades are typically heavier than the alternative bevelled edge blades.

All convex edge blades hollow grounds, so it becomes easier to sharpen as long as the professional scissor sharpener has experience with this.

They also give a very smooth haircutting action. Convex edge blades are the number 1 chosen option when it comes to slicing style of haircutting as they are they sharpest choice.


So How Do I Choose The Best Barber Shear?

As a professional, the barber scissor you choose best suits your hand size, and the style of cutting.

If you are looking for a larger pair of scissors for men’s hairstyle work and your preferred style is slicing, then choosing a convex edge blade with high-quality steel from Japan Scissors is going to provide the support necessary to perform professional hair cuts on a daily basis.

If you are looking for entry-level barber scissors, then focus on a bevelled edge blade as this will help you perform and learn as you go. 

Japan Scissors’ Best Barber Shears for 2019

As promised from our taste of the best barber scissors of 2020, based on client feedback from professionals in Australia and New Zealand, we will run through the best value and most popular scissors available.

#1 - Ichiro K10 Barber Shear 

Ichiro Japanese Steel K10 7" Barber Scissor
The Ichiro K10 has been extremely popular in 2020 as the most affordable barber shear with a variety of sizes from 5.5”, 6”, 6.5” to 7” inches that suits every barber in Australia and New Zealand. Ichiro also uses high-quality VG10 steel with a convex edge that uses offset ergonomics for comfortable natural cutting styles.

#2 - Yasaka 7” Barber Scissor

Yasaka 7" Made in Japan Barber Shear
The Yasaka brand is one of the most popular Japanese barber shears in Australia and New Zealand. As one of the most well known Japanese Hair Cutting Scissor manufacturers, they have produced an affordable premium shear with a convex edge perfect for sharpening.

Using Hitachi Cobalt stainless steel, this premium hairdressing scissor is one of the most popular in for style, quality and barbering.

#3 - Jaguar White Line Satin

Jaguar White Line Germany Barber Scissor
Jaguar is one of the most famous and oldest scissor manufacturers from Germany. With almost 100 years of experience, they produce high quality and affordable hair cutting scissors with sharp bevelled edge blades.

These have become extremely popular with a price less than $200 and used for entry-level hairdressers and barbers with sizes from 5”, 5.5”, 6”, 6.5”, to 7” the Jaguar Satin hairdressing scissors are extremely popular in Australia and New Zealand.
Check out Jaguar's site to find out more

#4 - Mina Sakura Barber Shear

Mina Sakura 7" Barber Scissor
Mina produces quality hairdressing scissors with bevelled edge and convex edge shears for barbers in Australia and New Zealand.

With an affordable price range and offset ergonomics, these Sakura barber shears are extremely popular and usually bought pre-order due to a large number of purchases from barbershops and salons.

#5 - Miya Offset Cutting Shear

Miya Japanese Steel Offset Handle Barber Shear
The Miya Offset Cutting Shears are extremely popular due to the high quality hand-forged hollow ground blades convex edge blades with Japanese Cobalt Alloy Steel.

The slim design is a real head turner and the quality of cuts you get from these make them your daily go-to for hairdressing and barbering. Designed to be lightweight and perfectly balanced, barbers jump on these for both quality, style and affordability as the up and coming barber scissor of 2020.

#6 - Yasaka Deluxe 7” Barber Scissor

Yasaka Deluxe Long Barber Scissor Australia

The Yasaka Deluxe 7” barber scissor is a step up from its younger brother the Yasaka 7” barber shear. With a 7” blade, hand-forged hollow ground and convex edge blade, these are premium shears made from Japanese infused Cobalt Stainless Steel. Perfect for slicing and offset ergonomics made for professions.
Looking for more information about Yasaka Scissors in Australia? Check out their website here.

#7 - Yasaka SK Long Cutting Scissor

Yasaka Made in Japan SK Long 7" Barber Shear
The Yasaka SK Long barber scissors are highly sought after as they use ultra-high quality Cobalt Stainless Steel with an offset design. The convex edge blade is perfect for slicing with men’s hairstyles in barbering, and are on the top-end of Yasaka’s barber shears used in Australia and New Zealand. Keep an eye out for these barber shears from Japan as they are real head turners for men’s hairstyles. 
Check out Yasaka's siteto find out more about these Japanese shears.

#8 - Ichiro Barber Shear

Ichiro Long 7" Barber Shear
Ichiro produces quality scissors used by hairdressers and barbers for affordability and quality convex and bevelled edge designs. If you are looking to get started in barbering or having an everyday shear used for men’s hairstyles without any tugging or pulling, these convex edge sharp barber scissors are the best choice for you.

#9 - Wahl Hairdressing Scissor

Wahl Italian 7" Long Barber Shear
Wahl is an American Italian brand producing hairdressing and barber shears used for everyday men’s hairstyles. They use a hardened AISI 420 stainless steel and a hand-honed blade made for barbering and hairdressing at affordable prices. These are perfect for new barbers getting into hair cutting and need a new pair of scissors.

#10 - Juntetsu Moonlight Barber Shear

Juntetsu Premium VG10 Steel Barber Scissor
Juntetsu is a high-quality scissor manufacturer producing convex edge blades with quality Japanese VG10 steel that are used for the sharpest slicing style cuts in men’s hairstyles.

We use these daily in comparison to Jaguar, Yasaka and other popular brands, and the quality of steel give the absolute sharpest cuts.

You won’t find excellent edges elsewhere than the Juntetsu convex edge blades, with their simplistic designs and modern ergo offset styles that suit professionals haircutting on a daily basis.


Whether you are just starting out as a barber or just want to keep up to date with the latest barber trends, we are here to talk about the best barber scissors in 2020 and a quick guide to picking a pair that suits you.

We want to fill you in on more than a few popular selling pairs of barber scissors, as the hair cutting industry is changing every few years and in 2020 we found that a large number of our professional clients are leaning on their scissor re-sellers for advice and recommendations with choosing the best barber shears for affordability, style and price.

James Adams is an author for Japan Scissors. He focuses on writing informational content on Hairdressing scissors for beginners and professionals.

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