How many hits do you think I’ll get for using the word “strippers”?
Shortly after arriving in CA I decided that I needed new stripping knives. Mine were fine for a complete beginner but I’d decided I was ready to move beyond total noob and move up to “aspiring pro”. And an aspiring pro does not use a $10 stripper. A Facebook friend had said something about how much they loved their new Greyhound strippers, but I was promptly informed by Valerie and Peter that real Terrier people use only Pearson knives. Who was I to argue?
After talking to Peter about what I needed I ordered two knives: the finishing stripper (aka straight handle) and the reinforced stripper, both in extra fine.
The knives arrived while I was at the Houston cluster last week (which btw was a blast!), so I didn’t get to use them until this week. Good timing too because Wally was in desperate need of some coat work. I could give you all kinds of semi-legitimate reason why this was so (crazy schedule, exhausted, etc) , but I guess it just boils down to I got lazy. But no more!
Keeping in mind the tenet to keep the length consistent (which I’m still practicing), I decided to work in stages. Stage one was Wally’s right side, which I did yesterday morning. We went to lunch with Wally looking ridiculous and certain that Wayne would want to stab me in the hand for letting people see Wally like this.
Stripping takes a toll on your forearm (think writing with a pencil for hours on end) so the break was nice. Plus Wally always gets obnoxious as I move towards his rear end, so he needed some time to regain his patience (to be honest so do I, a wiggly and whiny Wally gets tiresome). By the time we were done there was a Wally sized pile of coarse hair lying on the floor.
So how do I like the new knives? I love them! Stripping is so much easier and with the slimness of the blade I have a lot more control and precision work is a breeze. The handle fits well in my hand and the light weight means my arm lasts longer before wearing out. I’m sold.