Smith’s Mechanical Broadhead Sharpening System – Review
In this photo you can see how the broadhead holder will hold your broadhead so you can work on it.
U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- I’m writing four Product Reviews in rapid succession on different products that you can use to sharpen a dull broadhead. I hate to be repetitious and bore you but I’m going repeat this first paragraph in case someone only reads one of my Product Reviews so you get the entry comments. “Archery season is upon us. As you’re dragging out your hunting gear you may discover that a few of your broadheads are dull. With a high percentage of Americans laid off right now you might not be able to buy new broadheads. Don’t worry, you can sharpen dull one.
Smith’s Mechanical Broadhead Sharpening System
I have saved the best item for the last. It is called The Smith’s Mechanical Broadhead Sharpening System. I don’t want to say that it is a complex system but it is detailed. So let me walk you through how to use it.
FIXED BLADE BROADHEADS
Lubricate the Arkansas stone with water or low viscosity honing oil. Spread it around on the
surface. While working, if it gets dry apply more fluid.
Smith’s recommends sharpening with your broadhead screwed firmly into an arrow. I like to use a hacksaw and cut a 10-16” (whatever length is most comfortable for you) off of an arrow and use that. The kit includes a broadhead wrench to tighten/loosen broadheads from the arrow. Lay the edge of a blade at the correct angle and rub it back and forth. Count the amount of times you rub it and repeat on the other sides. On your broadhead, you will use a lot smaller angle than on your hunting knives. It may be easier for you to perform this task on the edge of the stone. Don’t worry about applying a lot of pressure. The main goal is to match the preset factory angle on the cutting edge.
Using the tools in the kit, disassemble the broadhead and remove the cutting vanes. (To help make it safer to disassemble your mechanical broadheads they have a tilt up broadhead holder. Just screw the broadhead into it so you can work on it). There is a magnet on one end of the carrying case. Lay washers and parts on it so they don’t get lost.
Place the dull blade into the blade holder and screw it down tight, with the cutting-edge outwards.
Lay the cutting edge on the Arkansas stone. Hold at the factory preset angle and rub it back and forth 3-4 times. Do this process along the edge of the stone. Flip to the other side and repeat. Continue until you have your desired sharpness. Repeat with all blades. Like with all sharpening don’t worry about applying a lot of pressure, use enough so you’re comfortable and things are in control. Lay your off hand gently on the main hand to steady it.
SHARPENING THE TIP
If your broadhead has a sharpened chisel tip you’ll want to make sure that it is sharp. This is easy. Sharpen each edge by laying them flat on the stone at the same angle that they received in the factory. Rub them back and forth to sharpen, roll over to the next edge and repeat. I don’t have them in front of me but I believe that all of my chisel point broadheads are 3-sided.
The MSRP on the Smith’s Mechanical Broadhead Sharpening System is $28.99. And as is usual, we will close with the specs:
Natural Arkansas stone sharpens blades to razor sharpness
Wrench and bit holder tool for easy disassembly and assembly
Blade holder secures mechanical blade for precise sharpening
Broadhead mount safely holds broadhead for disassembly and assembly
6 Tool Bits Included
Magnetic strip to hold small broadhead pieces
Plastic storage container
Top tray detaches for sharpening
Lightweight and durable construction
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About Tom Claycomb
Tom Claycomb has been an avid hunter/fisherman throughout his life as well as an outdoor writer with outdoor columns in the magazine Hunt Alaska, Bass Pro Shops, Bowhunter.net and freelances for numerous magazines and newspapers. “To properly skin your animal, you will need a sharp knife. I have an e-article on Amazon Kindle titled Knife Sharpening #ad for $.99 if you’re having trouble.”
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