Although many of the popular beard trimmer models contain a built in sharpening component, the absolute most effective way to keep your beard at the proper level is to sharpen the device yourself. This is due to the fact that the automatic sharpening devices tend to wear out quickly, especially if you fail to properly clean and oil the machine on a regular basis. The good news is that it is a fairly simple task to sharpen your beard trimmer by hand. Once you learn the following steps it will be easy to do whenever you find that the machine is having any problems trimming your beard. So without further ado, here is the proper way to sharpen a beard trimmer in three easy steps.
Much like any machine, a beard trimmer works best when it is clean and free of debris such as beard hair, dust, and rust to name a few. The first thing that you need to do is find the screws that attach the blades to the body of the beard trimmer, and remove them. Most makes and models will have two screws located close to the blade.
Once the screws are removed, carefully take the blades off of the machine. Pay careful attention as to how the blades are positioned so that you can put them back on properly when it is time to reassemble the beard trimmer. Next, brush out any beard hair or other debris that has accumulated. You can use a toothbrush to remove anything that is stuck in the blades.
If there is any rust on the blade you should use a blade wash in order to clean it off. Simply pour the blade wash solution in a small bowl and soak the blade for a few minutes. If there is heavy build up, you can dip a cotton ball, or Q-Tip into the solution and scrub it off of the blade. The final cleaning step is to dry the blade with a clean towel.
Now that you have performed the dirty work, it is time to have a little fun. Sharpen the blade by running it over a coarse sharpening stone. If you do not already have one they are available online or at most hardware stores. The key to success is that you angle the blade anywhere from thirty-degrees to a forty five-degree angle. Make sure that you only move the blade in a forward motion across the surface of the stone. Strike the blade five or six times in a row. If it does not appear to be even, and or you have not built up a shiny surface on the edge of the blade, repeat another five or six times until the desired effect occurs. In essence you are grinding down the metal. It is extremely important to wipe off all of the ground metal powder with a clean and dry towel. Next, turn over the blade and repeat the entire process in order to sharpen the other edge. Once you have sharpened both edges of the blade with a coarse sharpening stone, the next phase is to fine-tune it with a fine grit stone. Use the exact same method as listed above for the coarse stone.
The final step is to reassemble the beard trimmer. It is vastly important that the blade is facing in the same exact direction as when you removed it. Next, tightly screw the blade back in to the beard trimmer. Apply beard trimmer or hair clipper oil to the blade in order to avoid significantly reduce friction and avoid overheating. You should actually apply oil once every three times you use the trimmer. The final piece of the puzzle is to run the beard trimmer for a couple of minutes. You are now ready to keep your beard in proper shape.