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Did you know that PetEdge has a team of groomers and pet care professionals that can provide detailed information and answer specific questions on the products we sell?

Our Product Support Team is a huge help to our customers and PetEdge employees alike. They know the ins and outs of all our products and are always willing to lend a hand.

To share some of the knowledge that our team has, we're starting a new Question of the Week feature on our blog. Each week, we'll tackle one of the questions that we're often asked by groomers like you.

Q. What is the difference between a 30-tooth and a 46-tooth blending shear?


A. Thinning shears and blending shears are terms that are commonly used to refer to a style of grooming shears that have a cutting blade on one side and a toothed edge on the other.

When the shears and the teeth come together as you scissor, the hair that lies on top of the tooth gets cut, while the hair that falls into the gaps does not. This results in an uneven finish that looks more natural on the dog. In many cases, cutting with a straight shear or a clipper blade can leave a blunt, unnatural look.

The difference between a thinning shear and a blending shear comes down to use: thinning shears usually have less teeth and are used for bulk thinning; while finishing shears have more teeth and are used for shaping the outer edges.

With 30-tooth thinning shears, the teeth are set at a wider distance apart, which means that more hair falls in between the teeth when you scissor. Groomers like 30-tooth shears because they make it easy to cut through thick coats in a short amount of time. You can use a 30-tooth shear to thin out the coat of a Golden Retriever. This will allow the coat to lie flatter and give the dog a neater appearance.

With 46-tooth blending shears, the teeth are set closer together, which means that less hair falls into the gaps between teeth when you scissor. This produces a smoother, more even cut that is ideal for sculpting, blending and shaping the coat. Groomers can use a  46-tooth shear to shape the feat of Golden Retrievers, blend the sides of Cocker Spaniels, and trim the faces of terriers.   

What type of shears should I buy?

Ideally, every groomer should have a 30-tooth thinning shear and a 46-tooth blending shear in their shop. But if you're working on a tight budget, one money-saving alternative is to buy a 42-tooth or a 44-tooth shear. These shears bridge the gap between a 30-tooth and a 46-tooth shear and can be used for both thinning and finishing work.  


If you have more detailed questions on shears or any other grooming product that we offer, please call 800-PetEdge and ask to speak to our product support team.

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