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Touching up broadheads
Contributors to this thread:
Rsquared 29-Jan-21
JusPassin 30-Jan-21
Woods Walker 30-Jan-21
jstephens61 30-Jan-21
nowheels 30-Jan-21
Buck Watcher 02-Feb-21
Helgermite 03-Feb-21
Stealth2 04-Feb-21
From: Rsquared
Ok this might sound like a stupid question, and thats bcs I'm pretty clueless when it comes to sharpening. Say u have some broadheads that have been sitting around for awhile and u just want to touch them up and get them back to there original sharpness out of the pack, will a stroup do the trick? And if so which compound is best to use? Or is a stroup only used after using a wet stone or something like that to get the burr off?

From: JusPassin
It might be enough, or a ceramic stick perhaps first.

From: Woods Walker

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If they haven't been shot, and they actually were very sharp out of the package (I've only had that happen once or twice), then a ceramic stick used LIGHTLY at first should do the trick. I have one of these folding Gerber Pocket steels which I carry in the field just for this purpose. Unless you've chipped/worn the edge bevel this tool will get an edge scary sharp with just a few strokes. I've even used the leather holder as a strop.

From: jstephens61
I have a set of diamond stones for my VPA heads.

From: nowheels
If they have just been sitting, a steel or ceramic stick used very lightly as WW said. I also use VPAs and use a butcher’s steel rod on mine to touch them up every few days during the season. 10-15 very light strokes has them deer killing’ sharp!

From: Buck Watcher
Since you said - "I'm pretty clueless when it comes to sharpening". I think all you will do is dull them. That's why I don't touch them.

From: Helgermite
Very light is the key. I had a hard time getting broadheads scary sharp until I reduced the pressure to less than what you put on a keyboard while typing. For stropping I use corrugated carboard dragging the blade backwards away from the cutting edge.

From: Stealth2
I shoot trad heads like Zwickey, Old Pearson Deadheads, Snuffers and Hill. I use the KME system to get them sharp but finish them up on my RADA sharpener. They will shave the hair off you arm without applying any pressure. Best $10 investment I made

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