Originally B1 was intended as a beginner budget model. However we found it didn't make sense to skimp on quality to cut costs. Especially when in the long run, low quality scissors require more time and money to maintain. B1 uses 440C material and hollow ground blades to ensure our usual high quality is maintained. In a way we failed our original objective of developing "student" scissors, but instead we brought out a scissor suitable for all, from entry level to senior stylist level.