Instructions on How to Hand Sharpen Clipper Blades

By Susan Raphael
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Achieving a smooth, clean cut is an integral part of any hair styling, so maintaining your hair cutting tools is essential. You can remove clipper blades yourself and sharpen them without any professional machinery. You can sharpen them by hand with a simple sharpening stone. You can also sharpen new blades to make them as sharp as you want them to be. Just make sure not to sharpen your clipper blades too often or they will get worn down before their time. Check you clipper blade model for details on how frequently you should remove and sharpen the blades.

Unscrew the mounting plate on the top of the clippers with a screwdriver. The mounting plate is the piece of metal holding the clipper blades in place. There are two screws going through the bottom corners of the mounting plate.

Place the clipper blade on the grinding stone and position the clipper's tension spring over the blade. The tension spring is the small nub-shaped spring protruding from the clipper head and will fit right into the hole in the center of the blade. Hold the clippers head down, with the blade against the grinding stone.

Turn on the clippers and guide the blade all across the surface of the grinding stone. Use back and forth movements to drag the blade around for one or two minutes.

Shut the clippers off and remove the blade from the grinding stone. The blade should be shiny and smooth.

Replace the blade and the mounting plate onto the clipper head. Screw the mounting plate back into place.

About the Author

Based in New Jersey, Susan Raphael has been writing technology-related articles since 1991. Her work has appeared in “Wired” magazine, and “Mac Addict” magazine. Raphael received the Janet B. Smith Literary Award in 2002. She holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism from New York University.