Microblade Configurations

Lets discuss microblading hand tools, they come in a different variety of sizes and shapes and will all give you a different outcome. It is important to learn which blade is best for the client you are treating.

You will often see microblading hand tools advertised as 12U or a 14 Slope amongst others. It can get confusing and overwhelming when trying to choose. Here are a few tips to help you understand what they all are.


Let’s take 12U, the number represents the amount of PINS in the blade and the U represents the shape of the blade. If the number is higher the blade is bigger, this also works the other way too. When you look closely at a blade you will be able to notice the tiny little pins that make up the blade.


You can get microblades which come in one piece with the handle attached and you can also get microblading metal hand tools that require a small blade to be inserted. Although the metal option seems like a great idea, they are tricky to sterilise unless you have a autoclave which cost approx. £3k new to purchase new. Most artists now choose to use a fully disposable pen which can be put into the sharps box once you have finished your client.


Metal Handle                               

Disposable Hand Tool


                       A curved blade designed to create a rounded flow to a brow.            

                       This blade will give you a naturally curved stroke without any  

                       effort. This blade comes in 12, 14, 16, 18 pin configurations. This 

                       blade can be used for mature and younger skin types.


                       A slanted blade designed to create a straighter stroke, beginners   

                       tend to favour this blade as its simple to use and navigate through   

                       a brow. Ideal for younger skin as it gives a slighter thicker stroke.

                       This blade is not suitable on mature skin type. This blade comes in  

                       a 7, 9, 12 & 14, 16 normally although new configurations are being made

                       all the time.


                       A shader blade is designed for powder and ombre technique and

                       cannot be used for stroke work. We teach this method of

                       tattooing within our advanced microblading masterclass. This

                       blade comes in 3, 5, 7, 9, 17, 19, 21, and some come in a shader

                       slope form.