Keeping air clippers sharp is very important for every user. This is always a major task of keeping your hair clipper damage free and properly maintained. This is because the blades always experience most beating throughout when in use. For health purposes, it should be kept sharp and clean because it is always kept in contact with exposed skin so that it can be germ –free. The problem experienced with a dull blade is not only to hurt you but the fear of leaving the hairline uneven and ending up making an uncomfortable and weird haircut.
Prior to the sharpening starts, one should consider a number of issues. First, you need to know if the blade really requires sharpening or not, since nowadays we have self-sharpening blades that are set in an angle that it doesn’t require you to sharpen frequently. The only thing you need to do is resemble and check its sharpness if it is improved, if not do a little sharpening.
Before starting to sharpen your clippers, you need to make sure you have some required sharpening equipment. This is selected a few types of equipment that allows you to disassemble and assemble back you clippers, clean, sharpen and oil your clippers.
First, you need a custom screwdriver that can unscrew the blade and screw it back, a cleaning brush to remove the air dirt, a sharpening tool and a cleaning oil to reduce the friction when in use after sharpening.
The performance of a best hair clipper depends on the type of blade chosen. The sharpness and cutting speed mostly depends on the kind of a blade. It is good to select the blade that it is made to retain sharpness for a while and the one you can disassemble and reassemble easily.
The different type of blades very depending on their performance, cost and durability. We have three types of blades, that is; steel blades, coated and ceramic blades.
Steel blades: this is the most common affordable blades in the market. This type of blades are resistant to rust and are easy to maintain. Its downside is that it can overheat when involved in the heavy task. It also requires proper and frequent maintenance.
Ceramic blades: this kind of blades is durable blades that have an additional advantage of being a poor conductor of heat hence helps your clippers last longer. Ceramic blades are made of hard-pressed ceramic material, this material is heavy and dense, it has more mechanical superiority over other mentioned blades and they are ever sharp blades. This blades must be handled with care because they are fragile.
Coated blades: this is the best blades ever. this blade comprises of carbon blades coated with ceramic or titanium.its point plus is that they are much harder and sharper than other blades.they are extremely durable, high quality and rust resistant. They are the most expensive blades in the market.
Dissembling the blades.
Unscrew the screws attached to the blades to the parts of the clippers. Once removed the plates are then detached gently making sure that any other clip holding it is carefully removed. You should be keen at how the plates are positioned, make sure you note every point to make it easy when assembling back.
The cleaning process is done by brushing out the hair debris, this will allow easy sharpening process. During cleaning, you can use simple tools available like a toothbrush or a ball of steel wool to remove the hair that is stuck on the blades. If the rust is found on the plates, you can keep your plate in a bawl containing detergents like isopropyl alcohol and scrub it.
This may give you a perfect cleaning since it removes heavy rust build up. After cleaning, dry the blades using a soft cloth and test it. If the blade is one of those which does not require frequent sharpening, it will show perfect results when tested. if it shows some imperfections, then move to the next step to sharpen it.
Sharpening the plate is the most important activity required for the quality and efficient service. The sharpening stone is the key equipment during sharpening. The sharpening process is done in steps depending on the sharpening stones of different grits.
First, you must run the plate over a 4000 grit sharpening stone, the plate must be held at an angle of around 30 to 45 degrees, and moved forward fo at most ten times until it becomes shiny. the plate is then wiped using a dry cloth, then repeat the process in the other edge. For some who are using ceramic plates, it is advisable that you use diamond sharpening stones.
Second, to this, run the plate the second time using 800 grit sharpening stone. Move it to and fro at most ten times as before. Repeat this on both sides of the plate then wipe using a towel and assemble back the plate.
Oiling and testing.
Apply the air clipper oil on the plate. This is the necessary step even after shaving. Oiling prevents overheating and reduce friction. Test the clipper by running it for some minutes, now the Clippers should be ready for use.