I just met up with Mike Karg, an old friend, international platform artist, educator and inventor of the KARG line of shears. "Most people don't realize I INVENTED dry cutting shears," says Karg. "I saw the need about 9 years ago and have since developed 9 different shears including texturizing, precision and slicing shears." Karg went on, passionately, to talk about each shear in the line, but ended up spending the most time on the KARG SHEAR K-11 Royale. "It's 6.5 inches," he says. "It's difficult to produce a texturizing shear this long because the balance has been difficult to perfect. But after lots of trial and error, I was able to come up with a shear that is perfectly balanced and durable." Karg went on (and on and on!) about how this 6.5 incher allows the stylist to be more efficient. "We can work with larger sections and cut from the pivot to the tip."
Karg comes to NYC (from his home base in Zurich, Switzerland) about every six weeks to teach at the Karg & Blackwell Academy which he shares with Jo Blackwell at her DOP DOP salon in Soho. "I teach dry haircutting and Jo teaches precision foil placement. These are quick and efficient techniques designed to make salon professionals more proficient in each area."
But back to the shears. "I just feel hairdressers have been jerked around for years with the pricing of shears. My goal is to keep the price low and make these shears affordable to all professionals." The K-11 Royale is $239 and the most expensive shear in his line is $399. The K-11 Royale (like alll KARG shears) is produced in Japan with Japanese technology, forged Japanese steel, convex edges, crane offset handle, coin adjustable screw and hand crafted "V" teeth. "They are designed to hold the hair to be cut for consistent amount throughout the life of the edge," continued Karg. "Without those teeth much hair is pushed away and you have no idea what will be cut each time you close them." for more info: www.mikekarg.com.