INFO: Trad Archery for Bowhunters

Author Topic: Sharpening 3 Blade Broadheads  (Read 1222 times)

Offline Steven Bollinger

  • Trad Bowhunter
  • **
  • Posts: 2
Sharpening 3 Blade Broadheads
« on: November 20, 2015, 10:48:00 AM »
Hey Guys!

I'm having a really difficult time getting my broadheads as sharp as I would like them to be! I've tried using a file and wet stone. I'm shooting 3 blade VPA broadheads what is the best way to sharpen these things?

Offline Brock

  • Trad Bowhunter
  • **
  • Posts: 1446
Re: Sharpening 3 Blade Broadheads
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2015, 10:59:00 AM »
Not used VPA heads but for Snuffers and even the Grizzly Instinct 3-blades I use a Mill File (Nichols) and lay it flat across two blades at a time and stroke them with same pressure and count...then rotate and do same to next ones...then again on third set.  Then I lower my count and pressure and do it again...all three times...until I get down to very very light strokes for a 2 count on each rotation.  Usually they are pretty dang sharp at that point.  The key for me is after the first rotation I lighten up on pressure so at the end I am taking much less off and really just refining edge and putting burr on it.

After this I go to some leather and draw the head backwards across leather a few strops on each side...and they are ready.  Touch ups in field or through season are with an AccuSharp carbide...again VERY LIGHT pressure.

Being consistent with count, pressure, stability and angle of file and being able to repeat it so you are not working against yourself is important.
Good luck.
Keep em sharp,

Ron Herman
Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers
PBS Assoc since 1988
NRA Life
USAF Retired (1984-2004)

Offline RedStag5728

  • Trad Bowhunter
  • **
  • Posts: 315
Re: Sharpening 3 Blade Broadheads
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2015, 08:31:00 AM »
Vpa archery has a video on their site showing how to sharpen the broadhead, it involves using flat stones.

I really like lanskys stones so I use their fine and ultra fine bench stones and finally strope on an old belt, and can get them shaving hair in no time. I usually do about 3 strokes on each side with moderate pressure (so 9 strokes all together) then do three more with lighter pressure and then finally end with 3 more with no pressure just letting it sit loosely in between two fingers and lightly gliding it over the stone I then check the broadhead on my nail, if the broadhead sticks on my nail without sliding I then move to the finer stone and repeat until it shaves.

Here's a link to their videos just scroll down until you see the video on sharpening.
CTA RedStag LB 64" ntn 57# @ 28"
Hickory SB (#2) 64" ntn 43# @ 28"
Hickory East Woodland SB 65# @ 27"
Darkside Laminated LB 50# @ 28"
Darkside Laminated LB 37# @ 28"

Users currently browsing this topic:

Yellah nocks and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Contact Us | Trad © | User Agreement

Copyright 2003 thru 2020 ~ Trad ©