How to Sharpen Clipper Blades – 7 Easy Step By Step Guide

These days most hair clippers have an auto sharpening feature that helps to keep the blades sharp, but over time they tend to wear out quickly especially if they are not cleaned and oil on a regular basis.

If your clipper is dull, you can take it to a professional for it to get sharpened, but often they charge you more than your clipper is worth which is why it’s best if you get the job done yourself.

It can be very frustrating when the razor starts to jerk the hair while you are trying to make a swift cut. I really hate it when this happens as it can cause extreme pain. This is why I made this article in order to help you learn how to sharpen clipper blades.

With just a few tools, I can teach you the exact methods I used to sharpen my clipper which will eventually save you time and money.

How to Sharpen Clipper Blades

How to Sharpen Clipper Blades

1. Step

The first step is to make sure your clipper blades are entirely cleaned. You can do this by taking off the razor and wash them properly with water and a toothbrush, wire brush or any other small brush in your possession.

You will also need to unscrew the clipper blade from the razor using a screwdriver since most of the time they are two screws at the base of the blade. Once you have removed these screws, you can simply detach the blades and any pieces holding them in place.

2. Step

You should make sure the blade is completely dried before you begin sharpening it. After cleaning the blade with water and brush you can use a cloth or towel and remove all the water, debris and rust from the blade. If you still notice any rust on the surface of the blade, then the best option would be to start over the cleaning process again.

You should only move on to the next step once you have completely removed all the rust that could eventually interfere with the sharpening process.

3. Step

Now that you have finished cleaning your blade it’s time to purchase a sharpening stone and place it on a flat surface. You can purchase these stones at any one of your local hardware.

Place and move the blade slowly forward on the surface of the stone 6 to 12 times until even and shiny. You should repeat this same process for the rest edge of the blade.

4. Step

Using a sharpening stone will often lead to a lot of dust and this dust usually get caught up between the blades of your clipper. This is why you should utilize a dry towel to wipe away all the metal powder from the blades before connecting it to the razor.

5. Step

For the best results, I highly recommend repeating the process again in order to make sure that the blade is completely sharp. However, you should only do this if you think it is necessary. If you decide to repeat the process, you should make sure to clean the remnants of the stone with a towel once more.

6. Step

Once finished it’s now time to reassemble the blades in the precise order they were facing before you removed them. Once the blades are attached, it’s necessary to apply the hair clipper oil.

On the surface of the blade, add a couple of drops of oil. By doing so it will allow the razor to operate more smoothly. Along side that, it will prevent the razor from overheating which will cause the friction of the blade to be reduced.

7. Step

Now that you’ve connected the blade to the razor, you can finally turn on the razor and let it rest for at least 120 seconds. You should avoid using the razor for these few minutes to allow the blades to fully complete the sharpening process. Once the time is finished, your hair clipper will be ready to utilize on hair.

Proper Care and Maintenance

With proper care and maintenance, you shouldn’t have to worry about knowing how to sharpen your clipper blades. In order to keep your blades sharpened at all times, you should practice these steps as well:

You should always put hair clipper oil on your blades after you have finished using it, Practice to clean the blade on a regular basis from dirt and hair. The reason being is because dirt is one of the main cause for dull blades, Always keep your hair clipper from moisturizer place


As you can see when it comes to sharpening your blades the process is relatively simple and you should take the time out to do it at least once every four or five uses. Failure to do so will cause your blade to wear out much faster which will lead to having to replace the unit much sooner than it’s designed life expectancy.

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