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Old 06-06-2018, 02:13 PM   #1
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I am sharpening challenged! I freely admit it, and deal with it. I won’t try to sharpen knives, because I just screw them all up.

I have learned to sharpen my 2-blade broadheads. I am very picky about my broadheads and want them shaving sharp. After trying nearly every kind of sharpener made, I finally came up with a way that works well using a KME Knife sharpener. It is a very slow procedure, and I absolutely dread sharpening broadheads......to the point that I will put it off till I just don’t have any more to shoot.

Fast forward to today. Totally by accident, I have discovered the holy grail for 2-blade broadhead sharpening!!!!!

A few days ago, I was perusing (that means reading for all you rednecks out there 🤣&#129315 the TBH classifieds when I came across a Chef’s Choice EdgeSelect 120 electric knife sharpener for sale. I got to thinking I really needed something to sharpen my kitchen knives with, so I googled this product for reviews. All the reviews looked good, so I bought it.

It came yesterday. I got to playing with it today, and sharpened all my kitchen knives in no time. They are not professionally sharp, but way better than the dull that they were before. I was happy!

While doing the kitchen knives I was looking at the machine, and thought “Huh, that looks like it might work for broadhead blades.”

Not expecting much because of other methods of electric sharpening I have tried in the past, I got out one of my dull Magnus Stingers, and gave it a whirl.

All I can say is “WOWSER!!!!!!!”

I ended up sharpening 10 broadheads in 30 minutes, Stingers and German Kinetics, and every one of them shave as well or better than any I have ever sharpened before!







So, if you have a hard time sharpening 2-blade heads, and struggle the way I used to, you might want to give this product a try. I never dreamed it could be this easy!!!!!

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Old 06-06-2018, 02:26 PM   #2
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Those are good units for sure and with a couple of uses you should be able to get your kitchen knives professionally sharp (that is a unit that some commercial kitchens actually use). Its not the fastest thing in the world but its way faster than a stone and totally fool proof. Don’t forget to empty the trapdoor in the bottom every once in a while and use the dressing tool thats behind stage 3.
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Old 06-06-2018, 02:45 PM   #3
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I will have to try again...

I have one of those units and I use them for my kitchen knives... comes in handy keeping my deboning and filet knives sharp.

But I was pretty sure I couldnt get my broadheads in there due to the ferule thickness and short distance of edge from the thick ferrule. Maybe it was a different machine I tried before though.

What I have found that I like, because I still stink at freehand filing and filing a concave blade is a pain, is this guy.



I wouldnt believe how simple and razor shaving sharp this thing does on all broadheads, but its crazy, cheap, and small.

I have even touched up a havalon blade with it.

Best part is you can keep one in your archery box/bag. So get one for feild touchups... works as easy as electric one.... just pull it and let it do the work.

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Old 06-06-2018, 02:48 PM   #4
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Thanks for the tip Bisch. Do you know if there is enough room to get the blade of a glue-on head all the way in? The ferrule on my Simmons gets in the way on the sharpeners I have tried.
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Old 06-06-2018, 03:01 PM   #5
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Ferrule would not fit. I had to take the blades out of the ferrule to sharpen them. It won't work on heads that you cannot remove the blade from the ferrule. I used vise grips to hold the blade while sharpening.

Scott, I have a couple of the Rada sharpeners, but they do not get the heads as sharp as I want mine to be. I do agree that the Rada sharpener is a great tool to have in your kit or pack to take on hunts with you.

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Old 06-06-2018, 03:04 PM   #6
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Ferrule would not fit. I had to take the blades out of the ferrule to sharpen them. It won't work on heads that you cannot remove the blade from the ferrule.

Bisch
I was just about to ask if you removed the blades after I reread what you posted and mention of kinetics and magnus, which have that set screw/ferule.

So I would thinnk the blades would be tough to hold since the grinder is still recessed from the face. Are you using a pair of pliers, or free holding with your fingers on the other side of the edge?
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Old 06-06-2018, 03:12 PM   #7
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You saw that before I edited above. I used a pair of vise grips to hold the blade. It worked really good, but the only pair I had was a really big pair. I will go buy a little vise grip for this in the future.

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Old 06-06-2018, 03:25 PM   #8
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Do we just send them to you with a return postage box?
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Old 06-06-2018, 03:34 PM   #9
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Do we just send them to you with a return postage box?


You can do that, if you include $1000/blade for handling fees! 🤣🤣🤣





Nope! I hate sharpening my own broadheads. There are very few, and rare instances where I would do it for others!!!

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Old 06-06-2018, 03:36 PM   #10
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Same model we have.................
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Old 06-06-2018, 04:30 PM   #11
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Bisch, what broad heads do you use?
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Old 06-06-2018, 04:38 PM   #12
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Bisch, what broad heads do you use?


My goto broadheads are German Kinetics, both 1 1/8” and 1 1/2”, depending on the target species. I also always carry a few pig broadheads in my quiver. Those are mostly Magnus Stingers. I also have some Eclipse and some Wasp Traditional heads that I use every now and then. Being well tuned, I have not found a 150gr head that will not fly well. I tend to stick with the GK’s because they are so tough, and I can get them really sharp when I resharpen them. The Stingers and Eclipse are also easier for me to sharpen.

But, with this new sharpener, I’m thinking ease of sharpening won’t be a factor in my selection any more, as this thing really gets the blades super sharp!!!

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Old 06-06-2018, 05:49 PM   #13
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I actually like sharpening knives and Broadheads kind of have a knack for it . I use either tiny fine file or sharpening steels , or ceramic rods depending how dull the blade is and I carry them in my hunting bag.
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Old 06-06-2018, 06:42 PM   #14
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I actually like sharpening knives and Broadheads kind of have a knack for it . I use either tiny fine file or sharpening steels , or ceramic rods depending how dull the blade is and I carry them in my hunting bag.


You are lucky if you have the “knack”! I can’t sharpen a butter knife to cut hot butter sufficiently, and I really struggle to get my broadheads as sharp as I want them to be to hunt with!!!

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Old 06-06-2018, 09:45 PM   #15
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2 blade do a great job on the RADA.
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Old 06-06-2018, 10:38 PM   #16
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2 blade do a great job on the RADA.


I guess it’s all a matter of personal preference. I have 2 Rada’s and they do not get the blades as sharp as I want them to be!

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Old 06-07-2018, 06:45 AM   #17
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Sharpening was something I was taught when I was very young. I wouldn't say it's something I have fun at but it is very satisfying to do. I carry a couple of stones in my truck to work with. I have a replacement blade knife but I can resharpen and reuse the blades as well.
I doubt a three blade fixed head would work in that though.
A friend gets his knives scary sharp with a Work Sharp unit.

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Old 06-07-2018, 07:16 AM   #18
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I have tried a work sharp, and while it did fine on knives, it did not do well enough to suit me on broadheads. For me, this Chef’s Choice is a much better option for broadheads.

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Old 06-07-2018, 09:08 AM   #19
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I guess it’s all a matter of personal preference. I have 2 Rada’s and they do not get the blades as sharp as I want them to be!

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Okay, since somebody else brought it up again

I had my doubts at first about the RADA... looked like those other cheap sharpeners that seem to dull a blade instead of sharpening them.

However with the RADA, I seem to be able to get any blade/shape hair shaving sharp.

Were you not able to shave hair after using the RADA, or is there some other test you are using?
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Old 06-07-2018, 10:36 AM   #20
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My dad had the skill and patience to get a dog terd shaving sharp.
Me, not so much.

The only luck I've had was after Farfromhome introduced me to a Warthog sharpener.
I haven't tried it on a broadhead yet, as I don't shoot many two blades.
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Old 06-07-2018, 10:38 AM   #21
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I don’t have a knack for it either. I actually can get a 3 blade VPA sharper than 2 blades I’ve tried. I’ve tried the rada sharpener on Simmons broadheads. I can get them sharp, but seems to take forever and never achieve the sharpness I like. Those Simmons were tough for me.
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Old 06-07-2018, 02:08 PM   #22
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Rada's do OK for me. Get sharp but not "scary sharp" as some refer to. KME works well but I don't like to sharpen. I believe we have a Chef's Choice sharpener at home and I am gonna try it this evening. Glad you mentioned having to remove the blade from the ferrule.
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Old 06-08-2018, 10:57 AM   #23
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I have tried a work sharp, and while it did fine on knives, it did not do well enough to suit me on broadheads. For me, this Chef’s Choice is a much better option for broadheads.

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I use a Worksharp with great results.

BUT I had to adapt the "slide on guide" to get the results I wanted.

I simply used a dremel tool to cut the guide so that it would accept the ferrule.

Using a worksharp free hand was not consistent enough of an angle for my liking.

The Chef's Choice is probably the way I would go if I didn't already have a work sharp.
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