Work Sharp on Mechanical blades?Contributors to this thread:
trail hound 11-May-18
ground hunter 12-May-18
Has anyone pulled this off successfully on an over the top mechanical blade? Rear deploys are pretty easy on a KME but there is not enough meat to a rear deploy to do them effectively. Just curious about the Work Sharp?
I gave up, and just use buy mech blades as disposable. If I want to sharpen I keep it to fixed heads.
I can sharpen Killzones sharper than factory but haven't ever figured out how to do over the top mechanicals.
I do it on every mechanical head I shoot, most come "just ok". Take the blades off, clamp them in a stronger hemostat fishing/sugical pliers and run them on a fine diamond stone. You can get them crazy sharp!
From: trail hound
I'm not savvy enough to know the difference in rear deploy versus front deploy, but I have resharpened many rage blades with my worksharp. I check for damage and make sure there is no rocking on a flat surface and hit them a couple times across the belt of my worksharp. I hold them with a small needle nose vicegrip. I pay particular attention to the trailing edge. If they slice paper they will slice meat. I hope this helps.
From: ground hunter
My buddy used mine, to tried to sharpen his Havalon, and of course he ripped my bands, which he replaced........ I would do what wifishkiller suggested or trail hound, but it does not take but a whisp of a touch to cut the band
A thin stamped steel blade on higher speed equipment is asking for trouble.
Those blades don't need much on a good stone to resharpen as they aren't high quality steel.....IMO, hand sharpening is the way to go.
I remove the blades from a used NAP Spitfire over-the-top mechanical, clamp them firmly in a regular vise-grip and sharpen them on my 15 - 20 year old Chef's Choice 120 diamond wheel sharpener (Cabelas sells them) with finishing strop wheels. Sometimes I have to clamp and sharpen from both ends of a blade...other times the outer end of the blade is all that is dull. They sharpen up hair cutting sharp...but it is tough to beat how sharp NAP blades are out of the package...and how sharp they stay folded up in the closed position in your bow quiver.
I resharpen Havalon blades with the same technique.
Havalon's or utility knives for that matter sharpen up with a few quick wipes on a stone. Metal is so thin and soft it literally takes a few wipes to have them back popping. That being said I'm not bringing a stone into the field with my havalon kind of defeats the purpose.