Clipper blade sharpening and maintenance

Disassembled blades are soaked in blade wash to sterilize and remove hair and grime from blades.

The blades are hollow ground on a clipper hone with the correct grit size honing powder for the various size blades. The blade is removed and the blades washed again to remove any grit residue.

When assembled, the spring, socket and glider are checked for damage, and replaced if needed. The spring tension is set to the required pressure and the blades oiled and tested.

Service and cleaning of hair clippers

This is an additional service to our customers, as hair clippers need to be cleaned and serviced on a regular basis.

The sharpening of the blade set and realignment of the blades form part of the service for clippers used in the hairdressing industry .

Sharpening and repair of scissors

Sharpening and repair of scissors, used in the hairdressing, grooming and medical industry.

Scissors are sharpened, either by flat honing or hollow grind. The method that we will use is mainly determined by the make of the scissors and country of origin.

Japanese style shears are mostly Hamaguri edged (convex edged) and requires skilful honing and polishing to recreate the exact edge.

Some sensitive and expensive type shears requires carefully controlled hand sharpening and polishing in order to create the razor sharp edge.

Setting and balancing of shears

This is a very important part in the sharpening process, and requires carfull skill. The scissors are manufactured with curved blades which is slightly hollow or concave to the inside. It is factory set so the blades would start cutting at a certain point where the blades would cross each other.

When shears are dropped or damaged, the impact could bend one or both blades causing the blades to no longer cut at the cutting point, but folding or chewing the hair or material.

We would now reset the shears to factory setting by means of traction until the correct curvature is restored.

Sharpening and setting of specialised shears

Sharpening and setting of specialised shears in the fabric and dressmaking industry.

Various large type shears for various fabrics, leather and canvass are sharpened and maintained by us.

Sharpening of curved blades

Sharpening of curved blades, cutters and other edged tools.

Curved blades and blades for special purposes, we hone on a flexing band so that the curvature of the blade can be followed during sharpening.

Sharpening and maintenance of nippers

Sharpening and maintenance of nippers and utensils used in the Beauty Industry.

With nippers and tools of beauticians becoming more and more expensive, they also need to have their tools sharpened and maintained.

Sharpening of hunting and pocket knives

We also get hunting knives and pocket knives ready for the hunting season.

Keeping a sharp edge on your blade is important for your own safety. Compensating for a dull edge by applying additional force to finish a cut is where serious injuries can occur.

Recommendations to clients


When your scissors becomes blunt:

The blades will fold the hair between the blades and you will experience a "chewing effect" instead of a clean cut.

The following simple test can be done to determine if your scissors has become blunt:

Take a piece of PERM end-paper slightly wet, and cut through it while drawing the scissors down. If it cuts clean without folding or ripping the end-paper, it is still sharp, and needs no sharpening.

When you dropped your shears:

Hairdressing and surgical scissors are very sensitive, and when dropped most likely to be damaged.

Do the same test as above for bluntness. If it folds or rips the end-paper, it will have to be reset and sharpened.

What not to do when your shears become blunt:

Do not over-tighten centre screw to try to get it to cut. This will result in damage to the ride-line. Once the ride-line is damaged, it can not be sharpened again, and will have to be replaced.

Clipper blades

Make sure your blades are lubricated when you use it.

I recommend that you keep a tin of clippercide aerosol spray handy when using your clipper. At intervals, switch the clipper off and brush the hair from the blades with a toothbrush. Spray one spray of clipperside onto the blades, and damp with a cloth, then proceed with the cut. The clippercide lubricates and cools down the blades, which means less friction between the blades. It also disinfects the blades and the blades are less oily. This may prolong the lifespan of your blades.