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Buying a high priced quality shear is a very personal and emotional investment. Your shears will be an extension of your being and in your hands most of your working life. Most quality shears have more similarities than differences. Ignore the hype and spin. If you’re a barber or a stylist who does a lot of dry cutting, scissor over combing and insist on using a high quality "authentic Japanese shear." It is most practical to buy the simplest entree level shear with less pricey alloys. A simple high grade authentic Japanese (440C) stainless steel is most resilient and practical for your needs. The difference between cutting threw butter with a red hot knife or a plasma torch will soon feel the same within a few days or weeks of rough treatment and neglect from busy real life conditions. In the end the fancy steel alloy mixtures mean higher maintenance and more money spent! Learn to navigate through all the hype and spin. That said, non Japanese scissors costing under $100 are by no means disposable and if maintained and sharpened properly should perform and last just as long as most of the higher priced shears even more so within a few days or weeks of rough treatment and neglect from busy real life working conditions.