Although wide clipper blades have been around for some time, only recently have they began to demonstrate their true potential in commercial pet grooming.  Originally developed for clipping horses and other large animals, only one size (#44/2.4mm) was produced by the major clipper manufacturers.  Today, wide blades are available in an assortment of different sizes including essentials like the 7F, 6F, 5F and 4F.  The manufacturers will claim they save you time and money but, are they really worth the investment? Wide blade specialists Mastercut, give us the low down.

Size Matters:

Mastercut wide clipper blades have 35% greater cutting width compared to regular blades.  This enables them to cover a larger area and, demand fewer passes of the clipper to achieve the same end result.

Better By Design:

Mastercut wide clipper blades have a unique (trapezoid) design, which provides three advantages.
i) balanced and even contact with the subject
ii) accurate and consistent clipping heights
iii) less chance of clipper marks and tram lines

In summary, wide clipper blades deliver fast and efficient clipping times, with more consistent results.  You’ll be spared the frustration of having to correct uneven coat texture and markings, which will afford your more time to trim and perfect the style or move on to the next client.  Hey, you may even have time for a well earned break.

Faster, Smoother Results:

Whilst this all sounds great, what about the end result?  Can a wide blade deliver the same finish as a regular blade?  To answer this, we need to examine the cutting blades in more detail.  As you’d expect, wide blades have more teeth.  However, if you compare tooth density, wide blades have 35% more cutting edges*, which guarantee faster, smoother cutting action – whatever clipper you use.

Kind To Clippers:

Finally, some have questioned the stresses and strains wide blades place on clippers and whether their use demands more frequent servicing.  In independent tests, Mastercut cutting blades were found to weigh less than their major rivals and, are fitted with ‘bumpers’ to minimise wear and tear on the clippers drive lever.

To conclude, Mastercut wide blades are compatible with most major clipper brands, including Oster and Andis.  Although they’re inevitably more expensive than regular blades, they provide some acknowledged benefits that more than justify their cost.

For more information contact Simpsons of Langley Ltd. – 01354 691830 / post@simpsons-online.co.uk

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*compared with regular size rival ‘cutting’ blades (18 teeth)


8 Responses to WIDE BLADES

  1. Nikki brogden February 14, 2017 at 10:36 am #

    Hello, I’m still in training at the moment. I have a basic Wahl but I’m aiming to upgrade to an Andis Super 2 Speed. Would the 15 blade and 7fw fit this clipper, and would it be the best (most usable) size for a beginner to try first? Thanks in advance for any advice..

    • Kevin February 14, 2017 at 12:40 pm #

      Hi Nikki,
      Thanks for the message. Yes, Mastercut blades are compatible with Andis clippers. In order to tackle a variety of different breeds and styles, we’d recommend owning the following blades – 30,15,10,7F and 5F. You may also wish to invest is a set of metal comb guides to achieve longer length styles.

  2. Patricia Iversen September 3, 2017 at 9:45 am #

    Hi Kevin, I am using Heiniger saphires, and find the blades are not great with them, is this likely to be a problem with the clippers running slower than the cordless Andis, or not being compatible with the wide blades? I love the wides, but not sure whether to buy different clippers or sell the wides?. thanks.

    • Kevin September 13, 2017 at 8:38 am #

      Hi Patricia,
      Thanks for the comment. There are many groomers using wide blades successfully with the Heiniger clipper. However, faster blade speed would certainly assist in improving the cutting performance. In tests, we found rotary motor clippers running at 3000 bspm (or higher) performed marginally better, permitting a faster pace of work and a smoother finish. This does of course depend on the quality of coat and the level of preparation (prior to clipping) to remove mats, knots and tangles.
      Although the decision is yours to sell your wide blades, if you ‘love’ them so much, perhaps it would better to invest in a faster cordless clipper.

  3. sue butler January 17, 2018 at 6:08 pm #

    Kevin, I have just ordered Oster blade wash x 2 and have thoroughly explored your site. I am a pet owner, (rescue Airedale), rather than a professional groomer. I am not ‘trained’ but Sally is my sixth Airedale and I do know how an Airedale should look. She looked like a bear when I took her. I understand she was only clipped twice a year at her previous home by a ‘mobile groomer’. I now bath/clip her once a month. It’s easier all round to just ‘keep on top of’.

    I look at the above and have to say I would use scissors on mats/tangles before I introduced clippers …….. these can be quite difficult to remove/painful for the dog even with newly sharpened blades. A dog in this state is clearly not regularly groomed and frankly its owners need some ‘education’. I so appreciate the dilemma for ‘professional groomers’ in terms of time/what they charge.

    I digress. My question, basically, is …….. what is the difference between a 5/7/4 blade and a 5F/7F etc. I use a 7 on Sally/10 on her ears and maybe to blend in on her face/head. Much depends on the pressure used. Because I bath/clip regularly & groom daily I don’t use/don’t need to use pressure. I can, however, thoroughly appreciate the situation of the ‘professional groomer’. I’m afraid I would be asking questions before I gave a price and the ‘price’ would depend on the answers.

    Best wishes.

    • Kevin September 12, 2018 at 7:54 pm #

      Hi Sue,
      Thanks for the message and question. In reply, the difference between a 7 and 7F blade, is quite simply the tooth geometery. A 7/5/4 blade has staggered teeth, which is designed to penetrate thick heavy coat easier and, leave a more natural ‘textured’ finish. The 7F,5 5F and 4F blades have teeth that are all the same length and, are designed to leave a smooth, plush texture. Which one you choose very much depends on the breed and personal preference.

  4. scrubadugdugspa May 31, 2018 at 9:19 pm #

    What clipper is the best to use Kevin?

    • Kevin September 12, 2018 at 7:46 pm #

      Although wide blades can be used on a multitude of different clippers, we find they perform best with those that are capable of 3000 bspm (blade strokes per minute) or more.

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