This Is Not About Just Another Pair of Shears…It’s About Comfort
Sam Villa worked with master craftsmen to develop shears with advanced ergonomic comfort and superior performance. Shears created by a stylist, for stylists.
Very few days go by when Sam Villa does not have a pair of shears in hand, they are literally an extension of his body. He trots the globe at all hours of the day and night creating shear magic, and has applied that experience in the creation of ergonomically advanced shears with the finest attributes for precision cutting.
Ergonomic Comfort Meets Precision Cutting
Sam Villa Signature Series Shears are made with compression forged 100% Japanese Molybdenum Alloy for strength and durability. The pivot point is Teflon lined to eliminate metal on metal grinding for a smoother cut – a feature usually found only on the most expensive shears made. The handcrafted convex blades are sharper and hold their edge longer than beveled edges, and an advanced leaf tension system is incorporated for added precision, control and maximum durability.
“It’s not enough to have a superior tool, it also has to be comfortable to use. It’s not about another pair of shears, it’s about your hands,” states Villa. “If a stylist drops their arm at their side in a neutral position, shakes it, brings it up naturally and holds a pair of my shears, they can feel the ergonomic design. Their elbow will be level, their hands and fingers will be in a neutral position with the shear blades horizontal, and minimal thumb movement is needed to open and close the shear. If the same stylist were also holding opposing grip shears, they would be set a different angle with the blades pointing more upward, and more input would be needed from the elbow, shoulder and thumb to level out and open and close those shears which causes more strain on those body parts.”
[Sam demonstrate the ergonomic benefits in the video below]
Sam Villa Signature Series Shears are designed to keep the elbow in a downward position to help reduce repetitive strain injuries, versus opposing grip shears that force the elbow in a raised, stressed position. Another feature is the multiple thumb position – it can rest on the tang or tuck into the thumb loop. There are also double tangs for the pinkie finger – when tucked between the tangs, it will stabilize the top part of the hand enabling concentration of thumb action. Adjusting tension is also a cinch – just turn the pivot point screw one click at a time to loosen or tighten.
Wet Versus Dry
“Wet hair is supple and shears need to be sharpened more frequently when used on wet hair. We developed dry cutting shears to save stylists money on sharpening. They have a longer wider blade and are designed to cut through larger sections of dry hair,” explains Villa.
“The Reversible Blending Shear is designed with dual finger rests to allow stylists to quickly change cutting positions to extract weight and control texture by weaving. It’s ideal for scissor-over-comb cutting, and when flipped it works for slide cutting. It features a radial tooth pattern that eliminates bluntness and an open blade design and integrated “V-Teeth” for consistent cutting,” states Villa.
“One of the coolest features of the 5.75” and 6.25” Wet Cutting Shears is the ability to transform them for Lefties! Lefties who were taught to cut with right handed shears out of necessity can simply take the screw out of the pivot point, along with tension plate, turn shears over, screw back together and voila, a pair of leftie shears!” states Villa.
When palm to palm cutting, the angle of the handle works like other Sam Villa Signature Series Shears allowing the elbow to stay down when cutting horizontally. It really makes a difference when cutting length at the bottom of the hairline and when layering on top. With a traditional handle, the elbow would have to be rotated by lifting the shoulder in order to turn the blades in the right direction to cut. With the Swivel Shear, the same cutting position can be achieved by simply pushing the handle over with fingers.
[Learn the 5 cutting positions of the Swivel Shear]
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