How to Sharpen Wahl Clipper Blades Myself

Updated April 17, 2017

Wahl brand hair clippers are widely used for a variety of grooming applications. They are most commonly used to trim and groom pets, farm animals and men and women. Wahl offers a diverse range of specialised products and styles of trimmers that you should regularly sharpen and maintain to ensure an efficient, clean and controlled cut. You can sharpen clipper blades inexpensively by using a sharpening stone instead of buying new blades or shipping them to a sharpening service.

Purchase a sharpening stone from an online or local hair product retailer. It is advisable to purchase a sharpening stone that provides several levels of coarseness.

Remove the clipper blade by locating the lever on the side of the clipper and turning the lever to separate the blade from the guard as much as possible.

Locate the screws or bolts that hold the blade in place and remove these screws from the clipper using a screwdriver, pliers or a wrench.

Carefully remove the blade from the clipper, holding the blade in a position where the blade end is always facing away from you.

Hold your sharpening stone in one hand and the clipper blade in the other.

With the clipper blade at a 45 degree angle, press the blade against the sharpening stone and draw the blade toward you. Repeat this motion until the blade is noticeably sharpened.

Test the clipper blade for sharpness by running the blade across a sheet of paper or piece of string. The blade should slice the test product easily.

Reassemble the clipper with the blades intact and test the clippers before proceeding to cut hair.

Things You'll Need

  • Sharpening stone
  • Screwdriver
  • Wrench or pliers
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Joshua Kinser began writing professionally in 1999. He has worked as a staff writer for the "Pensacola News Journal" and is the author of Moon Handbook's "Guide to the Florida Gulf Coast." Kinser earned an Associate of Arts in journalism with an emphasis in biology from Pensacola State College.