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Animal Grooming

Clipper Blade Care

Storage and maintenance – As with any precision equipment a little simple maintenance of your clipper blades will ensure that they remain sharp for as long as possible and are always ready for use when you next need them.

After use brush out any hair and wipe the blades with a clean rag or paper towel. Lightly oil the blades, across the tips of the teeth in particular, and wipe off any excess oil. If the blades remain fixed to the clipper always re-fit the blade guard, if supplied, to prevent possible damage to the teeth. For removable cutterheads, once the blades have been cleaned and oiled, replace them in your blade box or rack. If you do not anticipate using the blade again for a while, wrap the blade in paper towel or clean rag which will, in time, become impregnated with oil and keep moisture at bay. Blades stored in damp and humid conditions can become corroded which will lead to a loss of cutting performance.

Clipper Blade Damage

Unfortunately it is almost inevitable that, at some time, your clipper and blades may be knocked to the floor and damaged. It is all too easy to catch a foot in a trailing clipper lead and pull everything onto the floor.

In some cases no damage will occur, but often the blades can become mis-aligned, begin to wobble on the clippers in use, or sustain damage to the teeth. Most problems can be resolved but, unfortunately broken teeth cannot be fixed. It may sometimes be possible to round off the broken tooth to enable the blade to be kept as a spare for emergency use. However extreme care should be taken when using a damaged blade. If in doubt, please send the blade to us for attention and we will advise if we feel that the blade is too badly damaged to be used safely. Problems with the cutting performance can also be caused by damaged teeth, as the hair can be dragged between the blades rather than cut cleanly.

 If you are experiencing any particular problems with the cutting performance of any of your blades then please send them, with an explanatory note, to the Diamond Edge Service Inspection and correction.

Created On  22 Sep 2015 13:53 in Animal GroomingProfessional Hairdressing  -  Permalink
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Scissor Care Guide

Scissor Care

Storage and maintenance-As with any precision equipment a little simple maintenance of your scissors will ensure that optimum performance is maintained to extend their working life.

After use wipe the scissors clean with a soft cloth and apply a light coating of oil to the blades, a drop of oil to the head of the screw and under the joints, wiping off any excess oil. Oiling after use takes only a few moments and is particularly important for carbon steel scissors. Carbon steel is usually harder than stainless steel but is prone to corrosion, particularly if used or stored in humid conditions.

Store scissors in a closed position, preferably protecting the blades in a wallet or case,and either hang them or place them flat where they cannot be damaged. Avoid them being placed loose in a ‘toolbox’ where constant rifling for equipment can cause unnecessary damage.

Scissors Blade Damage

If scissors are dropped during use or are knocked onto the floor they often land with the blades open and this is likely to result in a 'nick' in the blade edge.

With straight scissors this can be felt as a resistance when closing the blade and cause a ‘miss’ in the cutting action. Continuing to use may result in further damage and unsatisfactory cutting. Damage to the blade edge is repairable in most cases.

With thinning scissors a nick can cause the blades to ‘catch’ and not close at all. DO NOT force the scissors closed as this may cause more damage or result in a broken tooth. If your thinning scissors catch and won’t close, gently lift the blades apart to clear the nick and close them, do not use them until you have had them repaired.

The Diamond Edge Sharpening and Repair service will help maintain your scissors and prolong their life.

Created On  11 Aug 2015 13:40 in Animal Grooming  -  Permalink
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Mars Coat King Dog Breed Guide

Dog Breed Guide for Mars Coat King

C8 = Coarse M10 = Medium F12 = Fine XF16 = Extra-fine XF20 = Extra-fine SF26 = Super-fine MW18 = Medium-wide FW23 = Fine-wide XFW30 = Extra-fine-wide.

NB: Number indicates number of blades

Dog Breed

Recommended Coat King

Dog Breed

Recommended Coat King

Airedale terrier


Gordon Setter

XFW30, M10 for feathering



Griffin Bruxellois

F12 general tidyXF20 for more cleaned off look

Alaskan Malamute


Irish setter

XFW30, M10 for feathering

American Cocker

XF20 for back & sides

Irish terrier


M10 for featheringSF26 for show dogs

Irish water spaniel


Australian Cattle Dog


Irish wolfhound


Australian Kelpie


Jack Russell terrier

F12 rough coats

Australian Terrier


XF16 smooth coats

Bearded Collie




Bedlington Terrier




Belgian Shepherd Dog

MW18FW23 for short coats

Kerry Blue terrier

F12 long areas of coatXF16 for back

Bernese Mountain Dog




Black Russian Terrier


Lhasa Apso

F12 for hair up to 2” longM10 if hair longer

Border Collie



F12 for hair up to 2” longM10 if hair longer

Border Terrier






Norfolk terrier

F12 or XF16 for cleaner look

Bouvier Des Flanders


Norwich terrier

F12 or XF16 for cleaner look


MW18C8 for very thick coats

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever



XF20SF26 for show dogs

Old English Sheepdog


Cairn Terrier



XF16F12 for very thick coats

Cardigan Corgi




Cattle Dog

F12, FW23 for larger dogs


F12 for hair up to 2” longM10 if hair longer

Cavalier King Charles

XF20 back & sidesF12 for thick coats and ears



Chesapeake Bay Retriever



XF20 or SF26





Chow Chow




Clumber Spaniel

XF20,SF26 for show dogs


F12 general and legsXF16 or XF20 to strip down back

Cocker Spaniel

XF20,M10 for featheringSF26 for show dogs

Scottish terrier

F12 general and legsXF16 or XF20 to strip down back

Collie, Rough



F12 general and legsXF16 or XF20 to strip down back

Collie, Smooth




Curly Coat Retriever


Shetland Sheepdog

M10, C8 if very thick coat


XF16, SF26 for wirehaired

Shih Tzu

F12 for hair up to 2” longM10 if hair longer

Dandie Dinmont


Siberian Husky


English Cocker Spaniel

XF20M10 for feathering, SF26 for show dogs

Skye Terrier


English Setter


Sussex Spaniel

XF20, SF26 for show dogs

English Springer Spaniel


Tibetan Spaniel


M10 for feathering, SF26 for show dogs

Welsh Springer Spaniel

XF20, SF26 for show dogs

Flat coated Retriever


Welsh terrier

F12 for legs/demattingXF16 or XF20 to strip down the back

Fox terrier

F12 wirehairedXF16 smooth coat

West Highland white terrier

F12 General

German Shepherd


Yorkshire terrier

F12 or M10 for dematting

Golden Retriever

MW18 for bodyXF20 for neck of show dogs

Created On  10 Aug 2015 16:05 in Animal Grooming  -  Permalink
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Animal Grooming Product Advice

Created On  28 Jul 2015 17:14 in Animal Grooming  -  Permalink
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Mars Coat King Product Guide

Dog Coat Stripping

Stripping a dogs coat is the process of removing the dog hair that naturally dies and sheds, for most breeds this occurs around every six months. The coat of the dog comprises of two types of dog hair, the longer coarser hair that is the outer coat and the shorter softer hair found underneath. It is generally the coarser hair that sheds and needs to be removed to improve the appearance of the coat.

Stripping your dogs coat should be included in the regular grooming routine when the dog is shedding hair and in preparation for stripping the dogs coat always comb and brush the dog and carefully remove knots and tangles.

When purchasing your dog most breeders will happily advise on how to care for your puppy’s coat, so ask them about your pets coat care requirements.

The Mars Coat King

Mars Coat King Wooden Handle 
Wooden Handle
  Mars Coat King Plastic Handle
Plastic Handle
   Mars Coat King Spare Blade

The Mars Coat King is an easy to use, practical alternative to traditional hand stripping knives and provides a great finish to the dogs coat. The Mars Coat King has a range of blade size and grades to cover the requirements of the different breeds of dog and is made from quality German stainless steel blades available with a traditional wooden handle or plastic handle.

The table linked to below is a guide to the Mars Coat King that is suitable for popular breeds of dog, but in general terms the different Mars Coat Kings are used as follows;

Mars Coat King Medium 10 blade - for thick, wiry coats.

Mars Coat King Fine 12 blade - for coarse, wiry coats.

Mars Coat King Extra-fine 16 blade - for fine coats, or for finishing after the removal of the undercoat.

Mars Coat King Extra-fine 20 blade - for fine coats, or for finishing after the removal of the undercoat.

Mars Coat King Super-fine 26 blade - for fine, silky coats.

Mars Coat King Medium wide 18 blade - for thick, wiry coats on larger breeds.

Mars Coat King Fine wide 23 blade - for coarse, wiry coats on larger breeds.

Mars Coat King Extra-fine wide 30 blade -for fine coats, or for finishing after the removal of the undercoat on larger breeds.

Please view this Table Guide for the full Mars Coat King Guide and Specifications

Created On  10 Jul 2015 15:43 in Animal Grooming  -  Permalink
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Dog Grooming Clipper Guide

Dog Grooming Clippers – Diamond Edge advises …..

As with selecting any equipment, the first question to answer is what do you want the clippers to do? Professional dog groomers or breeders will require robust professional clippers that are able to be used for long periods and have quick and easy to change blades to allow the clipping of all types of dog to any length required.

A pet owner with the need for occasional light use should only require a domestic clipper, however for breeds with dense and long coats, or if you have several dogs, selecting a professional machine may be a better choice.

When considering which clipper to buy, the comfort of the grip, noise level and weight are all factors in determining the right clipper for you.

Clipper Components

Clipper Components



Professional Clippers

Rotary motor clippers which have enough power to keep driving the blades through the thickest coat. Wide range of blade sizes available which may be changed quickly and efficiently. Many are air-cooled, enabling them to be used for long periods without over heating and have removable filters to keep the hair from the inside of the machine. Shop our full range of Professional Dog Grooming Clippers.

Domestic Pet Clippers

Not as powerful as the professional machines, these have either sealed motors or very quiet electro-magnetic drives suitable for home use on a few dogs. However, if your dog has a particularly heavy or dense coat, consider choosing a professional package from our range to speed up the job and limit the strain on you and your dog. Limited range of blade sizes available - longer clipping lengths may be obtained by using clip-on plastic attachment combs. No cooling system as a rule, so they are unsuitable for extended periods of use. 

Click here for our full range of Domestic Pet Clippers.

Cordless Clippers

Rechargeable or battery powered clippers and trimmers. The clippers will give professional clipping results without being tethered to a trailing mains lead, and the smaller trimmers are suitable for detailed work and tidying up ready for the show ring. The larger clippers have interchangeable blades, and spare battery packs are available to ensure you can keep a fully charged battery to hand. Shop our full range of Cordless Clippers.

Horse Clippers

Larger clippers with more power to drive the wider blades essential for clipping larger animals. Mains powered clippers provide the most power, but cordless options are available for use away from a power supply. A choice of different size blades is available for most models to suit any requirements. Shop our range of Horse Clippers.

Clipper Blades

Clipper Blade Components

Clipper Blade Components

Usually supplied as a set, comprising an upper and lower blade. The lower blade is fixed, and the upper blade performs the cutting action. There is a wide variety of blades on the market, which allow precision in cutting the animals' coat to the desired length. The blades vary in length from skin-close surgical blades for veterinary use up to 16mm (¾") long body blades. The most popular sizes for general use will be a close cutting blade (size 10 or approximately 2mm) for trimming face and feet, and a body blade for leaving a longer length to the coat (typically a size 7 (5mm)or 5 (7mm)). Many manufacturers offer two types of body blades; skiptooth (with staggered teeth), or full tooth. The full tooth blade will give a smoother finish to the clipped coat, but the skiptooth version will be easier to use on thick or curly coats. The ranges of blades available may be found with the clippers in our online shop. Shop our range of clipper blades and attachment combs.

Attachment Combs

Attachment Comb

If the longest cutting blades available will still not give the required length of clip, plastic attachment combs up to 35mm (1½") may be used. These will normally fit on the shorter cutting blades up to about 2mm in length. However, the long teeth of the comb have to pass easily through the coat for the blade to reach the hair and cut it cleanly - as such they may not be suitable for particularly dense or curly coats.

Created On  10 May 2015 15:21 in Animal Grooming  -  Permalink
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