How To Sharpen Hair Clippers Like A Pro

Have you ever wondered:

Which is the best, easiest, and fastest way on how to sharpen hair clippers blades?

If so, you are in the right place.

This post is all about everything you need to know about:

  • How to sharpen your clipper blades.
  • What you’ll need for this task.
  • As well as a few awesome sharpening tips.

So, sit back and learn to sharpen clipper blades with this short, easy, step-by-step guide…

What Will You Need for This?


You need to make sure you have everything you need to sharpen your clipper blades.

If you are a first-timer, here are a few things you’ll need:

  • A Screwdriver – You’ll use it to unscrew the blades off the clipper and back.
  • A Sharpening Stone – It should be a 3000 and 8000 grit combo for the best results.
  • A Tooth (Cleaning) Brush – In most cases, the toothbrush is often stiffer and way better than a clipper’s cleaning brush.
  • A Marker – It will help you determine how much surface area has been removed off your blades.
  • A Rag or Paper Towel – You can also use a microfiber cloth. It will come in handy when you need to dry or wipe debris off your blades.
  • Some Warm Water or Any Other Cleaning Solution.

The best part is that every item here is easily available which is why this post is ideal for those looking to learn how to sharpen clipper blades at home.

Once you have all these items, it’s time to get down to the real work.

Let’s get down to it…

6 Sure Steps on How to Sharpen Clipper Blades


How do we go about it?

First of all, you should note that clipper blade performance can deteriorate due to dirt accumulation and not always blunt blades.

Therefore, maybe all you need to do is to clean your clipper.


Here are a few quick steps on how to sharpen your clipper blades…

Unscrew and Remove Your Clipper Blades

Removing clipper blades is as easy as 1.2.3…

All you need to do is to unscrew the two screws at the back of your blades.

Well, it’s mostly about cleaning and
making sure that everything is ready for an easy self haircut.



Not all clippers have these two screws; especially those with detachable blades.

But the removal concept is similar.

Clean Your Clipper Blades

Using your tooth/cleaning brush, remove all dirt and debris off both your clipper blades.

In doing so:

  • You make it easier for yourself to sharpen the blades.
  • Plus, it’s less messy.


Wash the blades using either warm water or isopropyl alcohol.

Dry and Test Your Blades

After cleaning and before you start sharpening your clipper blades, you can dry and install them back onto your clipper to test to see if there’s an improvement in performance.


Despite being an OPTIONAL step, testing helps you to know whether or not you need to sharpen your clipper blades.

If the performance is still sub-par, then proceed to step 4…

Prepare Your Blades and Sharpening Stone

Take your marker pen and highlight the interior sides of both your blades.

Side Note:

The interior sides are the blade sides that rest on each other when the clipper is running.


Highlighting the blades makes it easy for you to know how much you’ve worn them down; that way you won’t overdo it.

Smart, right?


Assuming you have the best sharpener for clipper blades, use your brush to clean both grit sides to ensure there is no foreign debris.

Splash some water on your sharpener for lubrication.

Sharpen Both Your Blades

Set your combing blade lying flat and perpendicular to your sharpening stone (3000-grit side).


You are sharpening only the interior side of the blade (the highlighted side).


Gently press on the blade and move it back and forth along the stone; work with the stone’s entire top surface for longevity and even wear and tear.


Keep checking to see whether the marker highlight is disappearing.

After around 15 passes, the highlight should be non-existent and the blade sharpened.


Turn the sharpening stone to its 8000-grit side and repeat this step again on the same blade.

Once that’s done, do exactly the same process for your cutting blade.

And by now, you should have both the combing and cutting blades well-sharpened.

Clean, Dry, and Screw Your Blades Back onto the Clipper


Clean the blades to remove any dirt and debris as a result of the sharpening.


Dry the blades and screw them onto your hair clipper; it’s just the opposite of Step 1 above.

Once that’s done, you should turn on your clipper and lubricate your blades by placing a drop or two of clipper oil.


Well, it not only ensures that the oil is evenly distributed but also keeps your blades sharp for long.

After that, clean your tools and place them in a safe place for when you’ll need then again.

If you are looking for tutorial video How to Sharpen Hair Clippers Blades, check bellow:

Fun Fact:

If you are wondering how to sharpen clipper blades with sandpaper, it is possible…

But as long as you use the grit ratings used above (3000 and 8000 grit) and follow the procedure as outlined above.


There you have it – everything you need to know about how to sharpen hair clipper blades.

I hope this post was useful and if you have any questions feel free to shoot them at me in the comments section below.

Frequently Asked Questions

To sharpen clipper blades at home you will only need a sharpening stone. Start by unscrewing the blades from the clippers and cleaning them by dipping them and letting them sit for up to five minutes in isopropyl alcohol.Wipe them dry and sharpen them by running them across the sharpening stone at a 30-45° angle. Do that for both blades up to 10 times. If the blades are ceramic, you will need a diamond honing stone.
While you can use sandpaper to sharpen blade clippers, the best way is to use a sharpening stone. The best stones for sharpening clipper blades are the 3000 and 8000 grit whetstones. Start with the 3000 grit whetstone and polish with the 8000 grit whetstone. The key thing here is the direction and knowing when to stop.
Yes, clipper blades require sharpening when they become dull. Blades become dull from scratches, general wear and tear, and constant use. Your clipper blades need to be sharpened when they start tugging hair and it becomes harder to cut or edge using the clippers. You can also check if the blades are sharp by carefully running your fingers across the edge.
Yes, you can sharpen your clipper blades using sandpaper. Just like when using a whetstone, start by unscrewing the blades, brushing and cleaning them using a blade wash. Place the sandpaper on a flat surface and run the clipper blades across as you hold them. Don’t press too hard and stop when they are sharp.

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Dennis Dennis

I got a question I got these two clippers are but I really want them to be sharp for my line up but I don\'t know what to do can you help I upload two pictures of the clippers that I have so you could see

Dennis Dennis

Hey there I have two clippers that I been having issues with and I\'m trying to get both blades to be very sharp so I could do a good line up so it can come out good but just can\'t get to be sharp like the ones the barber shop I upload two clippers so you can see so maybe you can help me out

Wendy Wendy

I\'m not in Cali, but thank you. This was an easy read and very informative.

Mike Mike

Thanks for showing how to sharpen Clipper blades...

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Pls which stone is the best

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