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Sharpening Iron Will broadheads
« on: September 26, 2021, 08:39:51 PM »
Has anyone here had luck sharpening iron will broadheads? Took me 3 hrs with a stay sharp jig going back and forth between 400-1000-6000 grit paper and a strop. I have shaved a lot of hair off my arm but I feel like they could be sharper and I could be faster. So I’m just putting it out there to see if anyone has experience or better ideas. Thanks!

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Re: Sharpening Iron Will broadheads
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2021, 07:54:03 PM »
You could buy replaceable blade broadheads and have factory razor sharp blades no matter what instead of a almost sharp blade for the rest of it’s life. Imo

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Re: Sharpening Iron Will broadheads
« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2021, 10:37:45 PM »
Practice makes perfect! “Factory sharp” heads are never near as sharp as a good polished and stropped edge nor are they as strong but different strokes for different folks. They get the job done.

For your question though, are you using single bevel or double bevel heads? And are you only pushing the head across your stone? If you go back and forth you’ll roll that edge. I learned to sharpen by always “cutting the stone” and eventually you’ll develop that burr which is what you want. Then you sharpen pushing that burr side to side until you strop it and that’s when you change to a pulling motion and you go until the burr breaks off on a microscopic level. There’s great YouTube videos on it. I used to sharpen knives and broadheads for cash once I got it down. Now I use a worksharp and that does a great job, much faster too but still the basics. Consistent angle, pressure and technique.
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Re: Sharpening Iron Will broadheads
« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2021, 05:08:53 AM »
Practice makes perfect! “Factory sharp” heads are never near as sharp as a good polished and stropped edge nor are they as strong but different strokes for different folks. They get the job done.

For your question though, are you using single bevel or double bevel heads? And are you only pushing the head across your stone? If you go back and forth you’ll roll that edge. I learned to sharpen by always “cutting the stone” and eventually you’ll develop that burr which is what you want. Then you sharpen pushing that burr side to side until you strop it and that’s when you change to a pulling motion and you go until the burr breaks off on a microscopic level. There’s great YouTube videos on it. I used to sharpen knives and broadheads for cash once I got it down. Now I use a worksharp and that does a great job, much faster too but still the basics. Consistent angle, pressure and technique.

Thanks for the reply. I ended up getting a Norton combo stone with silica carbide. Took 10hrs to get all 6 done but they are polished and sharp as hell now. I think I was starting with too high of a grit with wasn’t getting that initial burr. Now I just need to get on some elk.

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Re: Sharpening Iron Will broadheads
« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2021, 05:59:50 AM »
The Ranch Fairy on YouTube has good videos on sharpening broadheads. I practiced for a long time on my target heads before I got the feel for it then moved onto my hunting heads.
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Re: Sharpening Iron Will broadheads
« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2021, 07:08:00 AM »
I wonder if there is a reason they are not razor sharp?  I've always wondered why my shuttle "T"s weren't razor sharp, but they are devastating without doing any sharpening on them, always wondered if they are designed that way.  They make a huge hole.
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Re: Sharpening Iron Will broadheads
« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2021, 07:25:26 AM »
I wonder if there is a reason they are not razor sharp?  I've always wondered why my shuttle "T"s weren't razor sharp, but they are devastating without doing any sharpening on them, always wondered if they are designed that way.  They make a huge hole.

Well in this case they weren’t sharp because I spent hours upon hours tuning my broadheads and shooting into a block and pit. So they were pretty dull after that. Now they are good. Trying to post a video. I was tempted to take them to someone better than I but I managed.

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Re: Sharpening Iron Will broadheads
« Reply #7 on: October 03, 2021, 08:10:16 AM »
Sharpening replaceable blades.
Anyone do it if so care to explain process? I have some Savora BH's and although they do shave hair and killed the bear, but thinking with a little time and effort could be better. Or is this one of those times where you say if it ain't broke don't fix it?
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