How To Sharpen Hair Clippers?

We all know that sharpening of hair clippers is not an easy task especially if you decide to sharpen it yourself and you have no previous knowledge. Although, most clippers are equipped with auto-sharpening materials. This feature helps to maintain the blade sharpness and also gives you a nice cut especially when you are used to barbing before.
Unfortunately, clipper blade may wear out quickly especially if they are regularly oiled or clean which in turn may affect your cut. This may even give you an odd-look. However, it’s essential to keep them completely sharp, which brings out the question, how to sharpen hair clippers?
To effectively sharpen your hair clipper, it is highly recommended that you should first detach the blades after which you can remove the hair and other debris by cleaning. So, now we’ll give you list of tools needed and step by step solution so you can sharpen your own clipper blades while saving more money.
Tools needed for sharpening a hair clipper.
For the work you need:

  • Whetstone
  • Magnetic holder
  • Screwdriver
  • Hard bristled toothbrush, scouring pad or hair brush for cleaning blades
  • Blade oil for lubrication
  • Isopropyl alcohol, or other stronger solution for washing of the blade rusting part
  • A piece of soft, dry and clean cloth

Highlighted below are the steps to follow to sharpen your hair clipper.

Choose a Good Working Area

For you to work without much hassle, after all the necessary things have been put into place, a well-organized working area is needed to complement your work. A good working area is a one in which active electrical appliances are distance from the whetstones during sharpening of the blade.
This is because, during sharpening, water is added to whetstone to aid the sharpening and if the water come in contact with these electrical appliances, it may lead to electrical shock or other electrical disasters. Also, a good working area must be distanced from where you eat to avoid ingesting hair.
In a real sense, an illuminated area that is enclosed with a little bit and free from the above set back is nice.

Loosing of The Blades

The next thing to do before you sharp your clipper is to lose the blades from the clipper. For your own comfort, using appropriate size screwdriver is highly recommended. This screwdriver will, however, unscrew the bolts which are mostly two in numbers and are found at the base of the blades. Also, other holders should be removed subsequently.
In case you find it difficult to detach the bottom blade, using a pair of tweezers would be of significance. All in all, you must be very careful and attentive during this process so you can easily recouple them with ease when the need arises.

Clean the Blade and Remove Hair and Other Debris

After detaching the blades from the clipper, the next thing is to remove the hair and other debris using hairbrush, toothbrush, or scouring pad. To remove the rusting part of the blade, firstly soak the blade in a solution such as an isopropyl alcohol, whetstone, and or other stronger solution for minutes.
Then, use blade wash or other metals that are capable of scratching away rust without causing any wear on the blade.

Dry the Blades 

Drying of the blade is easy and no technical knowledge is required. Use non-abrasive materials like rag, towels etc. to clean and remove other dirt that is not wiped off while washing using solvent and brush to dry the blade.
However, care must be taken during this process as some rust may not wipe off. In case you experience this, kindly remove the blade and fix another one. This kind of blade is old and if forcibly coupled, it can harm you and/ or may give an odd cut.

How to Sharpen The Blades? 

Once you have washed and dry the blades, the next thing is to sharpen them. This should, however, be done on a smooth area surface. However, to hasten your sharpening without you sustaining any injury, a magnetic holder may be used to pick up the blade. Also, the base of your blade should be placed on the magnetic holder while the sharp edge should extend away from the holder.
Once the above instructions are observed thoroughly, the next thing is to sharpen the blades. How do you now sharp the blade? Kindly get calm and follow us as we drive you through the steps and procedures in this guide.
Also, if you’re using a sharpener of 4000 grift surface, you are advised to place your blade at an angle of 30 - 450. Then, rub the blades across the sharpening stone until it looks shiny. This should happen within 10 – 15 times of back and forth rubbings.
Have it in mind that the entire blade and its comb should touch the stone while rubbing for full sharpening. Also, these procedures should be repeated on the other side of the blade too so no side is left unsharpened.
However, if the blade of your clipper is ceramic made, the above metallic sharpener cannot be used but a diamond sharpening stone would be useful instead. Then carefully follow the instruction written at the manual for optimum result.
Similarly, for the quick sharpening of the blade, an 8000 grift sharpener can be used. In general, extreme care must be taken while sharpening to avoid accident and falling of the blades.

Washing of Cutting Blade and Drying

After sharpening the blade, insert it in a whetstone found inside a container to remove the stone and other dirt. If this dirt is not removed, it may also constitute to rusting of the blade. After this, you can then clean the blade with a towel with subsequent exposure to air for an hour for proper drying. 

Coupling and Lubricating of The Blades 

After drying, you then need to couple the blade with a screwdriver again. Extreme care must be taken as inappropriate coupling may lead to inaccurate cutting of hair. Also, the teeth of the blades both smaller and bigger must key to each other firmly.
After this, the addition of a few drops of lubricants (notable lighter one that won’t obstruct your blade) is recommended to complement the efficiency of your machine. It is also advisable to wipe away excess oil from the blade.
The lubricant, however, helps to minimize friction and also avert any overheating that can blunt the blade during use. You can also add it occasionally during use to boost the clipper.

Testing of The Clipper

After all, have been done, it is time to test the clipper. Although some people considered this to be unnecessary, however, we find it useful and that is why we have included it in our guide.
To do this, after coupling the blade, you then need to plug the clipper to the socket and then switch the clipper on. Ideally, you can use the clipper to cut someone hair to check perfection. If a smooth cut is not observed, then go through the manual and check the instruction. This may be due to improper coupling or poor sharpening.

How to Care for Your Clipper?

How To Oil Your Hair Clippers For Peak Performance & long Life

There is no special answer in caring for your clipper. Keeping the blade sharpened and also proper oiling plus effective cleaning is the key. Always clean your clipper by brushing it immediately after you finish using it. This should, however, be followed by subsequent oiling of the blade and other metallic parts of the clipper to prevent rusting.
As for the teeth, you are advised to protect it by covering it with the provided teeth guard. Once misplaced, kindly buy another one.

FAQs on How To Sharpen Hair Clippers

How often should I sharpen my clipper blade?

There is no direct answer to this question as it depends directly on how often you use it and how coarse your hair is. Generally, you should sharpen your blade every six months. However, if you are a daily user or your hair is very hard, the tendency of sharpening the blade before the six months interval is very likely.
This is because coarse hair quickly blunt the blade likewise regular use may also do the same. Additionally, the kind of metal used to make the blade may also have a direct effect on this.

How do I know when my clipper needs sharpening?

Knowing when your clipper deserves sharpening is very simple. If you are barbing your hair or someone hair and you discover the blade is struggling with the hair, its high time you sharpen it. Also, another strong indication of this is if when you are barbing someone and they are feeling more pain, it has dew for sharpening.
However, if you are using your clipper for commercial purpose, you are advised to sharpen it before experiencing this poor and horrible performance.


We have come to the end of the guide and we hope you enjoyed it? Sharpening of your hair clipper is very significant for your barbing activities. This is because a well-sharpened hair clipper will give you a nice hair cut that is free of pain.
It will also maximize your profit if using for commercial purpose especially if proper maintenance like cleaning, oiling, and many more are employed. These are because these features will increase the longevity of the clipper and keep it save.


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