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Guide: The complete guide to blades and blade care

Blades and coat length

Select a blade according to the length you want the coat. Cutting length is listed in mm's and based on clipping against the direction the coat grows. Going with the direction the coat grows is recommended unless experienced, and will leave the coat longer than the blade length listed. Find out more about which direction to clip. Check the guide for how to choose the right blade size

Finish Cut (FC) versus Skip Tooth (ST) blades

Use FC blades unless experienced. Find out the difference between ST and FC bladesNever use ST blades on cats or rabbits. Andis Cat Blades are recommended for cats and rabbits. Find out more about clipping cats

A5 blades

The term A5 means the blade is a universal fit, and has a standard fitting for use on all brands of A5 model clippers. Not all clippers are A5 models. Read more about what an A5 blade is and what clippers A5 blades fit and check the A5 model clippers list before you buy any blade.

How and when to oil a blade 

Never clip with a dry blade. Always oil a blade before every use. Oil after applying coolant. Oil after cleaning, before storage. Only store an oiled blade. Watch the video showing how and where to oil a blade correctly 

How to avoid blade burn and check blade heat 

Blade burn can be serious. Steel blades get hot about every 10 to 20 mins depending on a number of factors. Ceramic blades stay cooler a lot longer. Read more about why blades get hot and how to reduce blade heat. Touch the blade at least every 10 mins. Apply coolant if hot. If you do not have coolant, stop clipping. Swap for a cool blade (oil the new blade before use). If you don't have coolant or a second blade, put your clipper down, let the blade cool, add a drop of oil. Continue again once cool. Watch the video for how and where to oil a blade correctly

How to attach and remove an A5 blade

For all brands of detachable blade clippers (also called A5 model clippers), there will be a blade release button you press to take the blade off. You can take blades on and off with no need to inscrew or undo anything. Blades should be removed for cleaning and for storage. Read the instructions and watch the video here for how to remove and attach a blade

How to clean a blade

Take the blade off your clipper. Remove loose fur. Put the blade back on the clipper then spray with or immerse blade in blade cleaner while running. Run for a few seconds to loosen stuck hair. Hold clipper with blade down, so cleaner does not enter clipper housing. After cleaning, turn clipper off. Remove blade and wipe dry. Push smaller blade left and right to check for missed fur (take care not to push blades too far so they do not separate). Oil before storing. Watch the video for how and where to oil a blade correctly

How to store blades

Clean the blade thoroughly then oil before storing. Store in a cool, dry place. Heat, moisture or humidity can cause a blade to rust if not protected by oil.