Straight Dog Shears vs. Curved:
Chances are very good that you are already familiar with a straight blade grooming shear if you have worked in the industry. They are straight in shape - simple as that, and they have been the status quo among groomers for their overall versatility. Why pick up a weird-shaped shear when a straight will do?
You really can scissor just about any plane with a straight shear. They take a good amount of hair off, whether you're working with the tips in tight areas like tuck-ups, or utilizing the entire blade along the surface of a huge dog. Naturally, the more skilled you are, the easier and quicker you're scissoring will be, but for new pet groomers, a straight shear can be one of the hardest to master control over. With some jobs, a curved shear just rocks to have. If you've never used one, you're really missing out. Why not have both?
Whether you have developed the fine motor skills, finesse, and control over a straight shear or not, curved shears jut make some scissoring jobs much easier because of their shape. You're probably not going to remove as much hair from a cutting plane with a curved dog shear as you would with a straight blade, but you can follow a curved surface plane with a curved shear with the greatest of ease, and that, in-and-of-itself, can save a lot of time and frustration. After all, animals are not blocks. They've got a lot of curves to their bodies.
Check out the bottom of our "Curved Shear" product page for additional information on grooming advantages with a curved shear.