Drumroll please… This is the first installment in a (probably neverending, given my addiction to tools) series of reviews of shears & gears. Well, not actual gears. You know. It just rhymes better that way. $!$# I shoulda hired a ghostwriter for this stuff.
Kasho Silver Series 6.0″ Offset Shears
At first glance:
They’re a little smaller than I was expecting – they’re very dainty, lightweight shears. They actually seem shorter than 6″.
They’re super smooth feeling, like all the Kashos I’ve used. That’s one thing all Kasho shears do very well.
They’re ultra sharp – so sharp I don’t like using them on dry hair. It’s like a razor on dry hair, it can grab and skin the cuticle. Still this sharp even after many months of using them daily.
They aren’t very powerful. Being so lightweight, you aren’t going to get through thick sections with these. If your client has dense hair, you’ll have to take thinner sections.
Not very much power at the tips. If you like to notch cut or “chop” everything, these might not work well for you.
Very precise shears, great for detail work and “precision cutting”. (A term I loathe to use because it almost doesn’t mean anything anymore, but y’all know what I mean.)
The silver series are right below the Green series in the Kasho lineup, and I actually prefer them over Greens (which are a bit fatter, and have a rounder profile). I don’t like a tension knob, it bugs me when I’m putting my shears away or taking them out of their case. These are super slim since they use a tension screw that uses a 2 pronged key to adjust. It’s quality made, I almost never have to readjust it. It’s not a plain old screw, like cheaper shears have.
These shears collect hair less than the rest of my shears do. Probably due to Kasho’s smoothness – everything is really tightly engineered, there’s probably just less space for hair to get stuck in.
I’m not entirely sure what the steel used in these are, since I can’t find out from Kasho directly, but I’ve heard it’s a cobalt alloy and I’m willing to bet it’s VG-10 from the random info I’ve found on the net. VG-10 is a high quality blade steel Kai has used in it’s kitchen knives (Kai, the parent group of Kasho, also makes kitchen knives under the name Shun). It’s got all the good stuff: Chromium, Carbon, Molybdenum, Manganese, and Cobalt. That really doesn’t need to be in this review, but I was bored one day so I started looking up various steels, and dammit, I’m not wasting trivia! (Wootz steel is fascinating btw…)
If anyone knows what steel these shears are made of for sure, let me know!
The design of the handle is fantastic imho. That’s a personal opinion, but I love it – they just feel like I’m not even holding anything.
The edge is convex (of course – not sure, but I think only the Design Master line of shears is semi-convex?), everything is superbly crafted – beautifully polished finish, tiny little hone line, the hollow ground is pretty shallow (which I like – keeps gunk from getting in there).
Where They Sit In My Kit:
I grab these whenever I’m cutting fine hair, or thin hair, or doing any tiny-section precision cutting. If I’m doing thick hair, bigger sections, or dry cutting, I’ll grab different shears.
Their super-sharpness makes them great for slicing wet hair.
Detail work: hairlines, around the ears, fringes, etc.
If These Shears Were A Musician, Who Would They Be?
The Bottom Line:
Would I recommend them? Yes.
Would I buy them again? Yes.
Was it worth spending a few more bucks for these compared to Blue or Ivory series Kashos? Yes.
These shears vs ______: Different tools for different jobs, see how they feel in your hand, yadda yadda. (That’s like comparing Ginger Spice to Posh Spice. Both have their pluses and minuses!)