What is the difference between straight & curved scissors?

We often get asked when to use each of these blades on our scissors.

Simply put, curved cut curved lines and straight cut straight lines.

There is also a matter of personal preference and results wanted to achieve but these are our recommendations:

The curved blades have the sharpest point facing upwards allowing you to follow the natural contours of the cuticle zone to remove cuticle and hangnails without worrying about damaging the surrounding or the underlying skin. When tailoring forms with the curved blade it allows you to follow the natural contours and shape of the nails free edge which is curved. This saves time versus trying to achieve curves using straight scissors.  The curved blades are ideal for making controlled cuts because they can be closed without the user needing to worry about accidentally cutting surrounding tissue.

Straight scissors are required to achieve a straight line such as when wishing to cut nail art items or relief cuts that are required to be straight to get the perfect form closure. They leave a smoother outline and finish.

Why different pairs for different tasks?

Whilst our form tailoring scissors can be used to remove cuticle or hangnails, due to blade size, we recommend our cuticle scissors. However, whichever your preference most importantly it is essential to never use the same scissors for two different tasks. For example never use scissors to cut forms and the same pair to remove cuticle.


Is it just a marketing gimmick or is it really vital?

All paper products contain minerals that are abrasive and will eventually dull even a razor-sharp pair of scissors. Paper (and cardboard) filling and coating contain kaolin clay, titanium oxide, calcium carbonate and talc. These stiffen the paper, fill it out, and adjust how the paper absorbs ink. They can also be used to enhance opacity, whiteness, and pitch.  Kaolin clay and ground calcium carbonate are quite hard and these are what can destroy a set of scissors that are not designed to be used with them.

This means that over time, scissors that are used to cut paper will blunt and need sharpening.

When working on areas as delicate as the cuticle area, using a blunter pair of scissors can make them more prone to causing damage due to additional force required.

Always keep different sets of tools for their designed purpose.

Changing from nippers to scissors

The main difference between nippers and our KB cuticle scissors is that so much less pressure is required and a more delicate hand motion. As nippers are clumpier, heavier and stiffer a much stronger and whole hand grip is required and more force is needed to achieve results. With our curved cuticle scissors they are more lightweight and delicate (to work perfectly on the delicate cuticle area) and the pivot point on the scissors is so well made that the cutting motion is really smooth, meaning you can just use your thumb and finger/2 fingers just like tweezers. This is so much better on your hands in the long run too. And also your customers hands too. Many of our customers have reported a visible improvement in their  RSI, carpal tunnel syndrome and other hand and wrist issues since changing from nippers. 

See what our customers have to say after transitioning from nippers to KB cuticle scissors:

"They are easy to use and you have clear visibility and absolute precision that you don't get with nippers..I have the whole set including pusher and they are insane".

"For cuticles I would go for Katie Barnes curved cuticle scissors, they are super light and sharp and make for more precise cuticle cutting. I feel much more confident using these compared with nippers as you can really see what you are doing as your hand or the blades aren't in the way".

"I have had no issues at all. I like them cause there small and fit inside my hands but very sharp".

"I have [another brands] nippers and scissors and they are great, but I bought the Katie Barnes cuticle curved scissors and they are a game changer , so delicate and precise, no fear of cutting the skin, highly recommend them".

"I bought the cuticle scissors and they are fab, much easier then using nippers as you can really see what you are cutting, I couldn't warrant a [higher price for another brand], these were £20 and well worth it".

"The curved cuticle scissors are amazing! So small, fine and precise. I would never go back to a normal nipper! ☺️"

"As a fairly new nail tech im always looking for the best tools to improve my work. Well yesterday my cuticle [tools] just arrived from Katie Barnes and I'm so impressed by them. The precision is insane and the value for money is great. I just really wanted to share that with you all because I think this will be a game changer for me now and speed up my prep work!"

"So easy. Also a lot easier to see what you're nipping and better to hold as you dont have to grip it".

"Katie's cuticle scissors are a game changer. 35 yrs of using nippers - I can't believe how fabulously precise they are by comparison. never Again!"

"I literally just received mine today also and can vouch, these are an absolute dream to work with 😍 no more cuticle nippers, scissors all the way 🙌🏻"


What are the scissor measurements

KB Cuticle Scissors

Blade tip to interlocked leaf handle (full length) - 8.5cm

Pivot point to tip - 1cm

Cutting edge blade - 0.5cm

KB Form Tailoring Scissors®️

Blade tip to interlocked leaf handle (full length) - 12cm

Pivot point to tip - 1.6cm

Cutting edge blade - 1cm



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How to hold your KB scissors

When using our KB Cuticle Scissors only a thumb and 1 (index) or 2 fingers (index and middle) is required for successful results. This puts less strain on the techs hand. You’ll be amazing at what a light pressure is required. 

It is important to hold the scissors on the finger rest (lined part of the handle). This prevents slipping when working and will ensure your scissors don’t get damaged.