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Clipper Blade Sharpening By Hand.

#1 User is offline   Christina 

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 11:17 PM

Has anyone tried this ?
A friend has told me how to do it. Going to try it. Hope it works.
Will post if its fantastic.

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Posted 28 January 2010 - 06:22 AM

Clipper blade sharpening is a specialist art and requires accurate machining down to fine tolerances. Blades used for shearing and horse clipping are flat ground and the process of sharpening is relatively simple. Blades used for small animal clipping are hollow ground and these require a honing wheel that is machined to accurate specifications. Even experienced sharpeners will encounter problems with the quality of their work if their equipment is not maintained or the honing wheel is not machined correctly.

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Posted 28 January 2010 - 08:40 AM

View Postpoodle3081, on 28th Jan 2010 - 06:22 AM, said:

Clipper blade sharpening is a specialist art and requires accurate machining down to fine tolerances. Blades used for shearing and horse clipping are flat ground and the process of sharpening is relatively simple. Blades used for small animal clipping are hollow ground and these require a honing wheel that is machined to accurate specifications. Even experienced sharpeners will encounter problems with the quality of their work if their equipment is not maintained or the honing wheel is not machined correctly.

Understand how its done. Friends were not happy with results from several places & tried this. They have backgrounds in engineering, metal work & glass making so their technique is not just from a book or the net.
Takes a bit of time & not for the ham fisted or everyone I know but I am going to try it.

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Posted 28 January 2010 - 04:57 PM

we have a set of olster clippers and have acess to shearing grinding gear.

living rural everything is long term with sending off expensive etc i only have one set of blades. so we are going to do ourselves.

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Posted 28 January 2010 - 05:06 PM

View Postvoloclydes, on 28th Jan 2010 - 05:57 PM, said:

we have a set of olster clippers and have acess to shearing grinding gear.

living rural everything is long term with sending off expensive etc i only have one set of blades. so we are going to do ourselves.

My father has offered to do mine as he has done plenty of shearing blades - I spoke with my clipper man and he told me they would be stuffed as explained above the difference in the blades.

I suppose I could give him a couple of old blades to see how he goes but I don't want to risk them. I have about 45 sets of blades - they cost too much to stuff up.

Would rather pay to have them done properly.

If you only have the 1 set of blades I would not risk damaging them or it will be more costly to replace than send off to be sharpened.

This post has been edited by Andisa: 28 January 2010 - 05:07 PM


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Posted 28 January 2010 - 06:30 PM

View Postvoloclydes, on 28th Jan 2010 - 05:57 PM, said:

we have a set of olster clippers and have acess to shearing grinding gear.

living rural everything is long term with sending off expensive etc i only have one set of blades. so we are going to do ourselves.

If they are blades for small animal clipping such as the A5 blades then the grinding gear used for shearing blades is not suitable as it will flat grind the blades.

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Posted 04 February 2010 - 06:36 PM

View PostChristina, on 28th Jan 2010 - 09:40 AM, said:

View Postpoodle3081, on 28th Jan 2010 - 06:22 AM, said:

Clipper blade sharpening is a specialist art and requires accurate machining down to fine tolerances. Blades used for shearing and horse clipping are flat ground and the process of sharpening is relatively simple. Blades used for small animal clipping are hollow ground and these require a honing wheel that is machined to accurate specifications. Even experienced sharpeners will encounter problems with the quality of their work if their equipment is not maintained or the honing wheel is not machined correctly.

Understand how its done. Friends were not happy with results from several places & tried this. They have backgrounds in engineering, metal work & glass making so their technique is not just from a book or the net.
Takes a bit of time & not for the ham fisted or everyone I know but I am going to try it.


If you are successful sharpenig your A5 clipper blades on a rock/grindstone??? whatever, so they are crisp at cutting, I invite you to teach me how you did it, and I can then throw my $20.000 worth of sharpening equipment out, as I mustn't have needed it in the first place. :(
And all that I have learnt, and exerienced for the past 30 plus years was for nothing.

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