If you were to get one quality pair of scissors to trim your dog with (whole body) any suggestions? (somewhat within a budget) The recent post here about brushes and combs helped me make those decisions but still undecided about the scissors....and would chunkers work better than scissors?
So far in my cart are the CC face buttercomb and 20 mm wood pin brush.
On the advice of several professional groomers I know, I buy my shears (and thinning shears) at Sally's Beauty. They are EXTREMELY sharp (I've cut myself with them more than once, and not even felt it... just seen blood running, knew I HADN'T cut the dog and went looking for which finger I sliced!
) and also quite inexpensive. I am SURE I paid less than $20 for mine, and it could have been under $10. After 7 years of using them for sanitary and foot trims on all of them, and two full haircuts on Pixel, they are getting dull enough that the last time I cut myself, I felt it. Probably not the BEST way to determine blade sharpness, but, hey!
So I am planning on getting a new pair soon. I use the thinning shears to get rid of any choppiness left by the straight shears.
I treated myself to a more expensive pair of curved shears at the national specialty a couple of years ago, and they are very helpful for trimming neat feet. But they were a LOT more expensive (and DEFINITELY not "top of the line"!!!) and I don't think they re at all necessary to get you started. I know a lot of pros who prefer straight shears, even for doing feet.
There are different blade lengths, so pick up different styles and see what feels good in your hand. Even though, for a woman, I've got fairly large hands, I like the shorter blades. I feel I can control them better around small body parts... especially near Pixel's eyes. (of course, the other two don't get any facial trimming)