Maybe I should say 'blade'.
I have only bought one so far.
As you can see the teeth are closer together than the #7F blade.
The ad for the SE (ShowEdge) Blade talks about the blade being designed to 'create the smoothest finish possible.'
It also talks about the blade requiring 'fewer passes through the hair.'
I bought this blade at Hershey 6 months ago.
I like trying new tools.
The unfortunate part about that is, that you have to buy them to try them.
I hate to admit that I have a number of tools that I didn't like after I bought them. :(
I did try this blade when I first got it, but it was riding over the coat that I was trying to clip and I got annoyed with it.
To be honest I put it in with my other blades and forgot about it.
Then, the other day I was looking for another blade when I came across it again.
I had forgotten all about it.
Saturday I had a Terrier mix in whose owner likes everything very short.
I normally clip her with a #7F blade.
I decided to try the SE7 blade again to see if I saw any difference between the #7F and the SE.
I clipped a section with the #7F.
This section of coat was clipped with the regular #7F blade.
If you look closely you can see some lines, but to be honest all you have to do is run your hand over the coat and those lines disappear.
Then I clipped another section with the SE7.
At first it started to ride over the top of the hair again.
I tried again using a little more pressure than I usually do.
As you can see, it is a smoother finish, and I didn't have to run my hand over it to smooth it out.
Although, I haven't ever had a problem getting a nice smooth finish with the #7F blade.
The ShowEdge blade comes in blade numbers 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, and 30.
I am curious to try the SE #4 and #5 because those F blades do to tend to leave certain types of coats a little choppy.
I am also still not sold on the SE7 blade.
I don't like having to use a lot of pressure to get a smooth cut on a coat.
I always use a light pressure when I clip.
I am always prepared to pull the blade away if I meet the least bit of resistance.
You just never know when you might hit a small wart, a skin tag, or a small mat pulls the skin up into your blade.
Using a light touch when clipping has saved me more than once.
If I have to use more pressure to get the close teeth on these SE blades to go through the hair, than I would rather not use them.
That being said, knowing me, I will probably brake down and buy another one.
The SE4, I think, just to try it out.
I might like it.
I hope that I won't be wasting my money. :)
On another note, some of you who read my blog regularly may have noticed that I have changed the water mark on my pictures.
I have read posts on the groomer forums about people who post ads on Craigslist saying that they will groom your dog for $15 dollars.
Today when I was at my Bank, the teller was talking about going to Craigslist to find someone to watch her dog.
I warned her to be careful and find someone who was Bonded and Insured, and who could also give her references.
It got me wondering what kind of grooming ads were on Craigslist.
So I went to Craigslist services.
Most of the ads were for pet sitters.
There were a few groomers.
All of the groomers that I saw with ads were groomers advertizing their shops or in-home grooming shops.
Just about all of them had websites.
I like going to websites.
I like looking at other shops and grooming pictures.
One of the groomers ads had her website and facebook page.
So I went to her facebook page.
She has a home shop that is an hour away from me.
She had a lot of before and after pictures posted to her facebook, so I scrolled down her page looking at the pictures.
Then I see a picture that stops me dead.
Of my girl!
On another shops facebook page!
Advertizing creative grooming services.
With my watermark still on it. :/
I was flabbergasted.
I have heard about groomers using other groomers picture on their Websites, but.....
I just don't know what to say or think.
She is advertizing Creative grooming styles.
She does not claim that the dog in the picture is her work, but she doesn't say that it isn't either.
Like my daughter said; "it is on her facebook, her customers are going to think that it is her work."
Why would you put another groomers work on your facebook or webpage?
I have shown other groomers work on my blog.
Pictures that I took at Groom Expo or Intergroom, but I have clearly stated that it is not my work.
I have also put the groomers name with the picture if possible.
I like to think the better about people.
There is a possibility that she didn't see anything wrong with showing another groomers work to advertize her creative grooming services.
The only thing is, when I went through the rest of her pictures, she had other pictures of dogs that she have done some creative on.
It was her creative, because the pictures were taken in her shop.
Why use mine?
The picture was originally posted on my personal facebook page that is very private.
I had put this picture on facebook a couple of years ago, and another business acquaintance had asked me if she could put them on her facebook page. (she sells dog treats)
I gave her permission to.
I noticed that the groomer using my picture is also a friend of the same business acquaintance.
I am guessing that that is where she found the picture.
I haven't decided whether to message her or not.
I have such mixed feelings about this.....
I don't know what to do about this.
If you have any ideas, please tell me. :(
Happy Grooming, MFF