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    • David Coulter
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      Hi Folks,

      I doubt I’m the first one here to try this, but here’s an idea I had recently for sharpening broadheads. I’ve been thinking of getting a sharpening tool, but the price went up way beyond my reach now. I’m sure it’s worth every penny, but I don’t have the pennies.

      I watched Clay’s sharpening video and liked the way he had the broadhead clamped. His clamp came from a broadhead sharpening tool. I found this Vice Grip sheet metal tool for less than twenty bucks so I thought I’d give it a try. I only have used it with a file on a couple of older broadheads for starts but it worked really well. The head locks in well and is very steady. I’ll be trying it with a stone the way Clay showed on his video, too.

      Everyone has their favorite way and whatever gets it done right is just that, just right. He’s another option I thought I’d try to help maintain the proper angle. Thanks, dwc

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    • jpc
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      Nice , looks as a Lansky craft , but without guide to have a constant angle, and once the clip is returned you are sure not to have the same angle on both sides The most important ( for me ❓ )

      And how finding the right angle for a new regrinding ?

      In any case it shows that archers are never short of ideas :shock::lol::idea::roll:

    • David Coulter
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      It’s still rougher than having a guide, but maybe a little better than holding the blade by hand on the stone. I’m just following the original grind. Thanks, dwc

    • grumpy
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      Actually it id a welders tool I used to use a lot as a copper smith.

      I’ve been sharpening for over half a century, and never needed a guide for the angle, just followed the original angle.

      Good Idea 😀

    • jpc
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      France is an old country , so we always are one step behind 😯

    • Stephen Graf
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      Good one David!

      I bought some Tusker broadheads because they look mean and are the best deal out there from what I can tell. That said, they don’t have an edge on them at all. Basically have to make an edge.

      Clamping the head for such hogging-off work is a good idea.

      Keeping the angle “correct” is easy, as others have suggested. No magic in any specific angle. Just being consistent about the angle is what is important.

    • Greg Ragan
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      I like being able to just use my 6 inch file…simplicity. If I maul the edge in the backcountry on a rock I can still take my 6 inch file and rework the entire thing. Yes, it is a skill that takes a little time to learn, but then it is rewarding to dispense with bench tools for sharpening. Quite liberating. The more you sharpen the better you become.

    • Stephen Graf
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      Dean Torges always has something good to say. Here is a good essay on sharpening broadheads with a file:

      http://www.bowyersedge.com/broadhead.html

    • Ptaylor
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      Good article Steve, thanks for sharing.

    • Ralph
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      For some things gentle strokes be best..:wink: A gentle touch….

    • David Coulter
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      Thanks for that link. I always enjoy reading Dean’s thoughts. Good spirit, good writing.

      Yes, gentle goes a long way. Best, dwc

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