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How do you sharpen clipper blades?

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To sharpen clipper blades, remove the blades, clean both the well and the blade, and prepare the honing stone. Use forward strokes to hone the blade on both coarseness factors of the stone before reattaching the blade to the clippers.

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  1. Remove the blade

    Use a screwdriver to unscrew the two screws holding the blade to the clippers. Remove the screws, and pull the two parts of the blade off of the clippers.

  2. Clean out the clipper well

    Use a clipper cleaning brush to remove hair and other debris from the well inside the clippers.

  3. Wash the blade

    To remove rust build up, spray the blade with a clipper wash solution. Use a soft cloth to clean the blade.

  4. Prepare the honing stone

    Select a rectangular 4000/8000 grit waterstone. Spray a small amount of water onto the 4000-grit portion of the stone.

  5. Attach a magnet to the blade

    Use a sturdy magnet to hold onto the blade. Place the magnet so that it is facing vertically, and the teeth of the blade are free.

  6. Hone the blade

    Stroke the blade against the soapstone. Use only a forward motion. Exert enough pressure to sharpen the blade.

  7. Finish honing the blade

    Switch to the 8000-grit portion of the soapstone. Spray a small amount of water onto the surface. Use the same strokes to fine-tune the sharpening.

  8. Reattach the blade

    Use the soft cloth to clean off any residue from the sharpening and to ensure the blade is completely dry. Fit both parts of the blade to the clippers, and screw the screws back into place.

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