The job's always easier with the right tools. It's a fact that you can work smarter, or work harder. From time to time I am asked what blades should be used for pet grooming, and frankly I think it's the same as with most things and that's whatever does the job for you. I put together some basic clipper blade information for those who would like to have it.
The coarse or uneven teeth on a skip-tooth blade more effectively feed hair into the cutter which allows you to cut under mats.
The teeth on finishing blades are even, and create a smoother finish.
Wide blades / T-blades
Cutting surface is wider than regular blades. Used for larger breeds or strip-downs.
Used to prep an area for surgery. Also used for show cuts on Poodles. The best blade to use with snap-on combs.
Blocking / skimming blades
Used for shaping, carving, and trimming needed for precise cuts.
Select blade size by length of cut desired. Lengths shown in the chart are achieved by cutting against the lie of the hair. When cutting in the direction the hair lies, the lengths will approximately double.
|50||0.20mm||Surgical prep. Show Poodle feet, face, and sometimes pattern.|
|40||0.25mm||Surgical prep. Poodle feet.|
|30||0.5mm||Poodle feet. Between pads of some dogs.|
|15||1.20mm||Used for sensitive poodle feet, pads, faces on Poodles, Cockers, and Terriers.|
|T84F||5.00mm||Wide blade used for stripping heavy coats to medium length.|
|10||1.50mm||Used for Sanitary trim (tummy & genital area). Faces on Poodles Cockers & Terriers. Most cat clipping.|
|10W||1.50mm||A #10 with a wide blade. Good for full-body shave downs and large breeds.|
|9||1.98mm||Used for sporting breeds' necks and sometimes backs. Use on Cockers Schnauzer and Springer backs.|
|8½||2.78||Used for head, face, neck & sometimes body on sporting breeds and terriers.|
|7||3.00mm||Skip-tooth – Used for bodywork on sporting breeds, Terriers and Poodles. Great for matted dogs.|
|7F||3.00mm||Finish blade for #7 skip-tooth, unmatted cats|
|5||6.00mm||Skip-tooth – used for body work on sporting breeds and Terriers and Poodles|
|5F||6.00mm||Finishing blade for #5 skip-tooth|
|4||9.00mm||Skip-tooth – used for body work on low-slung terriers (Westie White, Scottie, Cairn, etc). Pet Poodles, short trims on Lhasa Apsos, and Shi Tzus.|
|4F||9.00mm||Finish blade for #4 skip tooth. Used for bodywork on sporting breeds, Terriers, and Poodles. "Puppy" cuts on coated breeds.|
|3¾||12.00mm||Skip-tooth. Used for "puppy" cuts on Lhasa Apsos and similar breeds.|
|3¾||12.00mm||Finish blade for 3¾ skip tooth. Can also be used against the grain similarly to the 4F.|
|5/8||0.75mm||The cutting surface is very small and these blades are used for small areas. Ideal for setting poodle patterns.|
|7/8||0.75mm||The cutting surface is very small and these blades are used for small areas. Ideal for setting poodle patterns.|
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