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The author’s first big game animal was taken with a file serrated broadhead.

blood vessel cut. What does disrup- tion of the blood vessel’s inner cell- lining have to do with the rate and degree of bleeding from a cut? Disruption of these cells is what ini- tiates the blood’s clotting process,

Shopping for broadhead files is a bit like deciding on a pair of binocu- lars. You’ll be rewarded for buying based on quality instead of price. These are Swiss- made by Grobet.

The handy JewelStik dia- mond hone is perfect for coaxing two and three bladed broadheads to razor sharpness.

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The author took this moose with a file sharpened broadhead.

known

as

coagulation.

Each

vessel-

lining cell that’s disrupted the protein prothrombin.

releases As pro-

thrombin comes into contact with the blood’s plasma it is converted to

the acts

enzyme thrombin. Thrombin as a catalyst, converting fibrino-

gen

in

the

blood

into

fibrin;

the

final

chemical reaction required coagulation. Coagulation

for blood stops or

retards

the

rate

of

hemorrhaging

-

exactly what the bowhunter want to happen.”

does

not

If you’d like to read more of Dr. Ashby’s take on broadhead edge fin- ish, check out the report by Dr. Ed Ashby called, “Getting an Edge on Success” available on line at www.alaskabowhunting.com.

In recent years, I’ve become a fan of the ultra-smooth honed and stropped edge for my own broad-

The KME broadhead sharpener puts a wicked edge on fixed as well as replaceable blade broadheads.

heads. I’ve used the other styles and my findings are that for cutting meat, hair, and hide, the thin, smooth, honed and stropped edge is the best. Think about professional meat cutters, their knives carry smooth honed edges. Think about the razors that most men shave with every day, again, smooth thin

stropped cutters, scalpels.

edges.

Even consider box

scissors, chisels, and If it were easier to cut with

ragged

edges,

more

of

our

cutting

tools would be produced that way.

Bowhunter Beware! Not all broadheads are ready to hunt with the moment you take them from the package. It’s the bowhunter’s responsibility to double check for sharpness, and if the broadheads don’t pass the test, the bowhunter must touch up the heads himself. This goes for ALL broad- heads, including some mechanicals and replaceable blade types.

Some Sharpening Tools That Will Help- There is a tool on the market that will sharp- en almost any broad- head ever made, including replacement blades. It’s the KME self-aligning broad- head sharpener. I’ve watched Ron Schwarz sharpen blades from all

the most

popular

broadheads

and it’s

amazing.

If you want

truly razor sharp blades every time you head out to hunt, check into the precision KME

broadhead sharpener.

For fixed single

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