What's the difference between the scissor ranges?

AllGroom stocks level 1 to level 3 scissors, and can order in level 4 on request. Everything from home use, beginners and students, up to competition level scissors for Master Groomers and competing in grooming competitions & breeders for the show ring.

Scissor brands we carry include: Witte Roseline, Geib, Wahl, Shernbao and Laube. Use the guide below to match the range to your level of experience. If you aren't sure what level you need, search 'scissor levels' in the Help section first.

Geib Gator

Level: Level 1 > Entry level for home groomers, beginners and students. Popular workhorse scissors for experienced groomers of all levels.

Use: Tough, hard-working, budget-friendly, workhorse scissor. Traditional shape. Popular for bulk work and block cutting. Decent weight: not too heavy, not too light. Nice balance. More forgiving of rough treatment. More likely to survive knocks and drops. Suitable for even thick, dense or mixed texture coats such as ‘Doodles. Micro-serrated blade 'holds' hair for better user feedback, ideal for less experienced groomers. Save your level 2 scissors for finishing > use these first!

Blades: Micro-serrated. Mirror finish. Convex blades. Japanese steel.

Handle: Screw tension adjuster. Symmetrical handle. Pink removable finger inserts (x2). 

Measurements: Length includes finger rest. Integrated finger rest.

Witte Roseline

Level: Level 1 to entry Level 2 > Entry level for home groomers, beginners and students. Popular workhorse scissors for experienced groomers of all levels.

Geib Entree 

Level: High Level 1 to entry Level 2 > For students in training and for experienced professionals. 

Use: Our best-selling entry-level finishing scissors. Great value for this level of quality. Lovely balance in the hand. Popular used alongside the Gator for rough work first, saving the Entrée for finishing. A popular choice for a student or beginner groomer’s first investment in a finishing scissor.

Blades: Micro-serrated. Mirror finish. Convex blades. Japanese steel.

Handle: Sprung tension adjustment dial. Mirror finish. Slightly offset handle.

Measurements: Length includes finger rest. Screw-in removable finger rest. 

Geib Crocodile

Level: High Level 1 to entry Level 2 > For students in training and for experienced professionals. 

Use: The range for those starting to focus on finishing work or wanting to improve their scissoring work beyond the basics. Similar level to the Entrée. A popular all-purpose finisher with more range of use than a typical finishing shear. Traditional shape. Curved blade model has the traditional curve angle. Distinctive lime green finger insert make them easier to identify. 

Blades: Micro-serrated. Mirror finish. 

Handle: Lime green finger insert (x1). Mirror finish. Screw tension adjuster. Slightly offset.

Measurements: Length includes finger rest. Integrated finger rest.

Geib Kiss Gold PINK 

Level: High Level 1 to Level 2 > For students in training and for experienced professionals. 

Use: Entry-level finishing scissor. Best saved for finishing work, not bulk or block cutting. Better fit for the smaller hand with smaller finger rings. Lovely match for those with a lighter touch. A professional level scissor without blowing the budget. Shorter shank with longer blades give professionals plenty of working length without having to go up in scissor size. The curved model is curvier than typical, ideal for heads and furnishings, small poodles, Bichons, teddy bear heads etc.

Blades: Micro-serrated. Mirror finish. Convex blades. Japanese steel.

Handle: Bronze-pink, matte handles. Clear removable finger inserts (x2). Gold tension adjustment dial. Offset handle.

Measurements: Length includes finger rest. Integrated, extra curvy finger rest.

Geib Kiss Gold BLUE

Level: High Level 1 to Level 2 > For students in training and for experienced professionals. 

Use: Very versatile, reversable scissor (gorgeous colour too). Double tail finger rests let you ‘flip’ for more freedom of movement to follow the natural contours of the dog.  Shorter shank with longer blades for professional use, less movement for more result. Beautiful balance. Plenty of working blade length without having to move up to a longer, heavier scissor. More ergonomic offset handle.

Blades: Micro-serrated. Blue mirror finish. Convex blades. Japanese steel. 

Handle: Blue mirror finish handle. Blue sparkle removable finger inserts (x2).  Gold adjustable tension dial. Offset handle.

Measurements: Length includes finger rest. Integrated ‘flip’ dual finger rests.

Geib Kiss Gold RAINBOW

Level: High Level 1 to Level 2 > For students in training and for experienced professionals. 

Use: A finishing scissor but with the micro serration and fine, sharp edge it handles more than the typical finisher. More of an all-rounder than most. Ideal for those with small to medium hands. Beautifully balanced. Lovely long working blade length with a shorter shank avoids having to move up to a longer, heavier scissor and reduces fatigue. Smaller movement for bigger results. 

Blades: Fine edge, micro serrated. Iridescent rainbow mirror finish blades (every pair is slightly different). Japanese steel.

Handle: Rainbow mirror finish handle. Blue sparkle removable finger inserts (x2). Gold adjustable tension dial. Offset handle. Smaller finger rings.

Measurements: Length includes finger rest. Integrated finger rest. 

Geib Black Pearl

Level: High Level 2 to entry Level 3 > Elite, more specialised scissor with very fine edges for the more skilled, advanced user, competitions and the show-ring.

Use: A favourite with more experienced professionals ready to invest in their scissor work. Shorter shank for plenty of working blade length and easier operation. Lovely balance in the hand. A specialist scissor designed for finishing work on fine to medium coats. Has a bit of a cult following! The curved model is extra curved, lovely for teddy bear heads and furnishings. We love the incredibly sparkly silver case these come in too. For trained users only. 

Blades: Fine edge, micro serrated. Distinctive black mirror finish blades with pearl tension adjustor dial. Japanese cobalt steel. Rockwell hardness 60. Offset handle.

Handle: Black mirror finish handle. Pearl tension adjustor. Offset handle. 

Measurements: Length includes finger rest. Integrated finger rest. 

Geib Blue Breeze

Level: Level 3 > Elite, more specialised scissor with very fine edges for the more skilled, advanced user, competitions and the showring.

Use: The ultimate professional. Known for being extremely versatile, from bulk to finishing. Popular with competitive groomers. Shorter more compact shank for a lovely long working area and easy operation. It takes a lot for a professional to rave about a scissor, this is one they really love. You tell us it speeds up grooming time, removes coat faster and gives a better finish. Range for trained users only. 

Blades: Fine bevel edge, micro serrated. Mirror finish blades. Japanese steel.

Handle: Gold gilt-dipped handle or silver mirror finish handle. Sapphire blue 'Titan' tension adjustment dial. Slightly offset handle. 

Measurements: Length includes finger rest. Integrated finger rest. 

Geib Scorpio

Level: High Level 3 > Elite, more specialised scissor with very fine edges for the more skilled, advanced user, competitions and the show-ring.

Use: A true specialist finishing scissor for fine to medium coats. Available in Type E and the more traditional handle shape. Prized for Poodles, Bichons and softer coats. Lovely balance and very smooth, easy action. Shorter style shank for maximum working length from minimal operation. Popular with experienced professionals for competition use. The Type E handle shank improves control and comfort.  For the skilled, professional user only.

Blades: Fine, convex edge. Hitachi steel. 

Handle: Mirror finish. Famous Hitachi Stainless. Distinctive red tension adjustment dial.

Measurements: Length includes finger rest. Integrated finger rest.

Geib Katana

Level: High Level 3 > Elite, more specialised scissor with very fine edges for the more skilled, advanced user, competitions and the show-ring.

Use: Extremely versatile top level 3 scissor copes with even very thick coats like butter. Very durable and reliable. Ball-bearing pivot point for extremely smooth action. Shorter style shank with long working length means minimal effort gives maximum results. Beautifully balanced. Ultrafine edge. For the skilled, professional user only.

Blades: Fine, convex edge. Mirror finish blades. 

Handle: Ball-bearing tamper-proof pivot point. Gold gilt-dipped handles. Slightly offset.

Measurements: Length includes finger rest. Integrated finger rest.

Before you buy any scissors

Please note that individual scissors even with the same range may have differences to the range overview above (such as number or colour of finger inserts, finger ring measurements, whether finger rests are integrated or removable, colours etc). Suppliers occasionally change specs also. Always check photos and the description of the exact scissor you are buying - do not use this guide alone to make your decision.

If unsure, or you’d like to check something about the scissors you’re considering that is important to you, always ask us before you buy as we cannot accept scissors back if you change your mind after purchase. See the Key below for what each term means.

Scissor Terms Glossary

Integrated finger rest = Finger rest is part of the scissor and cannot be removed.

Screw finger rest = Finger rest can be removed.

Length includes finger rest = Scissor length measurement given by the supplier includes the length of the finger rest. Average finger rest measures half an inch. For example, an 8.5” Geib compares to 8” in another brand that does not include the finger rest length.

Finger rings = Inside measurement of the finger hole in millimetres on the most popular model (usually based on an 8.5” straight depending on the range). May vary slightly between types within a range (eg: thinners versus curved).

Offset handle = The finger rings are not side-by-side. The angle of the offset will vary from a slight offset (like the Entrée) to more extreme (like the Kiss Blue). Offset handles have a longer finger shank and shorter thumb shank. The wider your palm the larger offset you may like however any new range will take some getting used to. Offset handles are usually used with the thumb and ring finger. 

Symmetrical handle = The standard handle type where finger holes line up side-by-side. Favoured for using with the thumb and middle finger (instead of thumb and ring finger). See more about handle types and photos to compare >

Tension adjuster: Usually a screw or adjustable dial. The screw type is simpler and the tension able to be adjusted with a screwdriver (note you may need a small screwdriver like one used for glasses or watches). An adjustable tension knut or dial allows the user to adjust the tension without the need for a tool.