Andis UltraEdge Detachable

 ANDIS “UltraEdge” A5 type detachable blades have rapidly become one of the most popular blade ranges used by cat and dog groomers, and no doubt much of the popularity arises from the sheer size of the blade range and its clipping scope, not to mention the recent introduction of the greater depth of hair leaving blades – namely the 5/8th and 3/8th – 16 and 19 mm respectively! Other manufactures appear to date slow to appreciate the popularity of these less close cutting blades which allow for a more desirable coat length, and do away with the use of the attachment comb. With an ultra narrow toe blade for paws and a coat block blade plus a “T” shaped wide blade the range is greater than any current competitor’s offerings. Customers should note: Narrow detachable small animal blades: The blades clipping to the closest distance from the skin – thus leaving the least hair will be the highest blade number (#50) Blades leaving increasing depths of hair start generally from blades size# 7 and downward in numerical numbering. Blade sizes #50 to size #8.5 are of one style but varying cutting depths generally, and it is usual for them to have a smooth back on the lower plate. From blade size 7 to the last blades in the range – which may be a 3 or ¾ size, the blades generally split into two distant types – the “full” tooth style blade or the “skip” tooth blade. A “skip” tooth blade is a blade were the teeth of the lower plate (comb) alternate from one long with one short across the cutting face. This allows for a “scissoring effect when applied rather than a smooth finish, often referred to as a “blending” blade. A “full” tooth blade, is one marked “F” after the blade size number, or in some cases “FC” is a “full” or “full cut” blade indicating that it gives a smooth velvet style finish when used. Thus blades marked as “#7” will invariably be a skip tooth blade, whereas a blade marked #7F or #7FC will be a full tooth blade. Both “full” tooth blades and or “skip” tooth blades may be ribbed or have a plain surface on the lower blade plate. Some manufacturers claim the ribbed effect helps to keep the blade cooler. A “corduroy” marked effect can sometimes be seen on a smooth coat such as a horse when a ribbed blade is used. Its effects are short term however and usually disappear within 24/48 hrs of being clipped. The mm depth cutting size can, and may, often vary by a small amount from one manufacturer to another.

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