Three common methods of testing for broadhead sharpness.
blade heads like the GrizzlyStik series, Silver Flames, Magnus, Magnus Classic, Zwickey, Eclipse, Ace, etc; the GrizzlyStik Razor Sharp system is hard to beat. It has a grit wheel on one side and a polishing wheel on the other that can yield some wickedly sharp polished edges.
For those who prefer the file sharpening method the Swiss-made Grobet files are top choices. They’re available in 6, 8 and 12 inch models. They’re long lasting and leave a nice smooth surface behind. Another excellent choice for in the field file sharpening and for smoothing the edges of a file-serrated broadhead, is the handy Kustom King 6 inch Broadhead File. It comes with a comfortable wooden handle and its teeth are specially cut to leave a very nice smooth surface behind.
For three bladed heads like the G5 Montec, the NAP Hellrazor, the entire Magnus Snuffer line, Kustom
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King Trailmakers, VPA Terminators, and the Woodsman, you can’t beat the KME ceramic stones. The JewelStik diamond bench hones are also a very good choice. By working two blades at a time on the abrasive surface you have a built in bevel guide. Final stropping with the JewelStik diamond knife sharpener is recommended on all three bladed broadheads. (The JewelStik knife sharpener is also handy for in the field touch-ups on any broadhead.)
the broadhead was “sharp enough”. That in and of itself is a point that needs to be mentioned; there is no such thing as sharp enough, it’s either razor sharp or it isn’t. If it isn’t, don’t shoot an animal with it. Probably the best test for sharpness is some sort of a device that will hold rubber bands under a little bit of pressure, crisscrossed. When you push a broadhead tipped arrow through the rubber bands, see if the
cleanly slice right through If the rubber bands try to roll
Testing for Sharpness-What we need is some sort of standardized sharpness test. Testing by running your finger or thumb across an edge is common but it can be dangerous and it is really an acquired skill. Laying an edge against your thumb- nail and seeing if it will bite and stay or slip right off is okay, but again, somewhat inconclusive. Shaving hair? Well I will admit that I use this technique myself, but if I’m com- pletely honest, I’ve also cut myself this way. I was probably pushing too hard, trying to convince myself that
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If we did have an industry stan- dard for measuring sharpness we could mark our broadhead packag- ing with a sticker that said some-
up all the in print.
Sure, there are some commercial sharpness testers out there now, but they are not used in the broadhead
For three blade broadheads, the KME ceramic stones are hard to beat.