The Ultimate in carding knives. Available in Extra Fine, Fine, Medium & Coarse. Carding is basically the removal of undercoat from a dog's coat. It can also be used on short coated dogs like Pugs, Chihuahuas & Labradors. The carding knife is also used in sporting breeds like Cocker Spaniels and Setters to make the coat on the back lay flat and smooth.
These knives are not pre-dulled. If they are not pre-dulled they will need to be dulled before use so as not to cut the coat. One way is by rubbing the sharp teeth on concrete. Other people run them up and down in sand, kitty litter and use them on dirty coats to help dull them. But you need to make sure they are dulled before use or damage to skin and coat can and will occur.
The correct way to hold a carding knife is at roughly a 45 degree angle to the coat. Work in short, easy strokes putting just enough pressure to pull out undercoat without injuring skin. When used properly a thin layer of undercoat "fluff" will build up on the teeth of the knife.
The different knives take out different amounts of hair and different layers of hair. The coarse is a deeper toothed knife and will go all the way to the skin. The Medium has slightly shorter teeth and does not go as deeply. Fine and extra fine are wonderful for removing clipper lines and undercoat from short coated dogs. I find myself using the Fine and Extra-Fine more than any other. They just seem to remove more hair faster in my opinion.
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