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What Bit Material Is Best for You?

by Holly Schippers | October 31, 2017
A fellow attendee at a #nailcamp class allowed me to photograph her bits.

A fellow attendee at a #nailcamp class allowed me to photograph her bits.

One of the frustrating things about the e-file bit chart I created for beginners is that there is no quick and easy guide for what speed to use that is one-speed-fits-all. This is because the material of the bit comes into play in addition to what you are doing with it and where your skill level sits. This is something that can only be learned with education and experience. I am already on the lookout for my next e-file class. Do you have any suggestions on who to learn from?

Since the material the bit is made out of is important, let’s take a look at what the options are:

Diamond bits

> can be made of synthetic or real diamonds

> range in grit from smooth and fine to extra-coarse

> meant to be long lasting

> can be cleaned

Carbide bits

> common material on any sort of cutting tool; 20 times stronger than steel

> Z carbide is coated with zirconium nitrate

-For the advanced user

-Ideal for debulking liquid-and-powder

> Swiss carbide is usually rounded for safety

-German made

-Meant to last longer

> Can be cleaned

Ceramic bits

> Intended to reduce heat (your client should not be experiencing heat with any of the bits if the e-file is being used properly)

> Can be cleaned

Sanding bands

> Placed on a mandrel

> One-time-use only

Hopefully this information on bit materials helps. Be sure to ask questions when purchasing bits to see what is going to be the best for you in the salon with the product you’re using.

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