Andis Fade Master Clippers & Andis US Fade Hair Clippers Blades Cutting Skin and Pull Hair?

Why Barbers Need To understand An Andis Fade Master Clippers Blade Type Before Ever Picking One Up

With the popularity of the Andis Fade Masters, I’ve found a worrying trend for complaints from barbers who have had problems with it pulling on their client’s hair or even cutting the skin! This is because, unlike most of the Wahl and Andis clippers that you probably have in your collection, the Fade Master uses a surgical blade rather than a beveled blade, and you need to be able to use this tool in a different way.

What Type Of Blade Does The Andis Fade Master Clippers And US Fade Clippers Use

To help you get to grips with your surgical blades, Harry Pirate from the Pirate Barber Shop in Bromley has kindly given me a quick rundown of the difference between the two, as well as how you should be using the Andis Fade Masters clippers and Andis US Fade clippers safely – without cutting your clients’ skin. He adds that these tips are also useful for the Wahl Senior; although that uses a combination blade rather than a surgical blade, it is very similar so these tips should come in handy for both tools.

andis fade master clippers
Andis fade master clippers

How To Position The Andis US Fade Clippers And Andis Fade Master Clippers On Clients On A Client’s Head To Avoid Cutting Them

The key difference that you need to be aware of is that the surgical blade is a lot sharper and a lot flatter, without the rounded safety edge that you’ll find on beveled clippers. Harry tells me: “I use the surgical blade purely for afro hair, very tight to the skin cuts, and very close skin fades. You must keep it dead close to the skin, no flicking. Honestly, if you try and use it like you use a beveled blade your client is going to get cut – they’re going to look like Freddy Krueger has had a right go at them when they walk out your shop and they won’t come back.”

Why You Need to Learn Difference between Surgical Blade and Bevelled Blade On Andis Masters Clippers And US Fade Clippers

At the Pirate Barber Shop, they’ve had clients coming in who have been cut up by other barbers and need their haircuts fixing! Obviously, no barber wants to give their clients this kind of poor service and, as Harry says, there’s really no excuse for it: you need to learn about the tools that you’re using and make sure you have all the necessary information before you start your cut. If you have a Fade Master on hand then take a look at the blade now and you’ll be able to tell how much sharper it is; no wonder, then, that barbers are finding that they can seriously hurt people. Harry recommends that barbers who aren’t experienced with these blades only use them for skin fades – and even then, you need to be careful!

Essentially, if you think of any surgically bladed tool you have as being akin to trimmers and use them in the same way – flat against the skin – then you should be able to give a better service, stop pulling on clients’ hair and, most importantly, avoid cutting the skin. Harry also points out that you don’t need to zero gap these blades: otherwise, as he puts it, you’ll be “literally just scalping people”.

That’s really all there is to it, so thank you to Harry for providing this simple but incredibly informative guide to the difference between beveled and surgical blades, and to all the barbers reading this please get to know your clippers so you can keep your clients safe and satisfied. Head over to my YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook pages to find more great, educational barbering videos and articles so that you can make sure you’re a barber who really understands their tools.


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