Touching up broadheadsContributors to this thread:
Woods Walker 30-Jan-21
Buck Watcher 02-Feb-21
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?
It might be enough, or a ceramic stick perhaps first.
From: Woods Walker
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.
I have a set of diamond stones for my VPA heads.
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.
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.
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