What does the word Hioshi (He-oh-she) mean?
Answer :
The Japanese word Hioshi means to be in complete harmony with your instrument of design. Many times used in the music world when referring to an accomplished musician playing their chosen instrument.
Why are some shears made of 440C Steel more expensive than Hioshi shears?
Answer :
Our initial response to this is greed. It is the mission of Hioshi to bring super quality shears to the everyday stylist at a fair price. If other shears are made of 440C and cost more it is purely for higher profits. We will always bring our product to the market at fair and affordable prices.
I noticed some people advertise titanium coating improves the quality of the shear?
Answer :
Titanium coating if purely for aesthetic purposes only. It does not improve the function of the shear at all. There are companies out there that will tell you that it does but if you look close, the edge of the blade is mirror silver. This is because the final honing process was done after the coating. If you see that the blade edge is not silver, you can know that the shear could actually be less sharp because they coated it after the honing process. Again, titanium is a coating only.
Can Hioshi Shears be re-sharpened?
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Yes. All Hioshi Collections are designed to be re-sharpened by a qualified sharpener.
How often should I sharpen my Hioshi shears?
Answer :
No one can tell you how many times a shear should be sharpened because too many factors are at play when making that determination. Usage volume, dropping the shear, cutting anything other than hair, proper tension, cleaning and oiling and even including the pressure exerted on the blades by the stylist holding the shear.
How often should Hioshi Shears be tensioned, cleaned and oiled?
Answer :
Cleaned with a spray cleaner/lube after every haircut. Tensioned as often as needed. Oiled at the screw once per week.
How is the Hioshi logo attached to the shear blade?
Answer :
The logo is laser printed onto the blade. Some shear companies stamp the logo on the blade but this can result in damage to the blade by bending the blade slightly and losing any precision adjustment it may have had.
What is the purpose of a double or single swivel thumb in the Premiere Collection?
A double or single swivel thumb allows the stylist to freely move her thumb so that the hand position can be more straight as opposed to bent over at the wrist. These models sell well to those who experience hand or wrist fatigue or have documented cases of carpel tunnel.