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    KME broadhead sharpener review



    The KME broadhead sharpener is my "go-to" sharpening system. Very simple design that allows you to clamp your broadhead into the jig and maintain a constant angle as you sharpen. I am sharpening a Magnus Stinger 4-blade. The bleeder blades can be sharpened on the stones or by the Worksharp belt.

    The jig simply rolls across your stones while the edge is maintained. This system has since been slightly upgraded so that you can choose the angle you want, but I find this works perfectly. The angle this uses is slightly higher than the Magnus factory but it is razor sharp and is probably a more durable edge anyway.

    Not shown in the pictures, but the head of the clamp swivels so after each stroke you rotate and get the other side of the blade. Once one side of the broadhead is finished. You take it out of the jig and position for the other side. Very easy and cannot mess up the angle of your broadhead.












    I finish it off by stropping on leather.

    KME makes knife sharpeners too. Known for their high quality. The best system I have found so far for broadheads.
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    So there are separate systems/jigs for broadheads and knives? Same concept, though?

    I've heard of KME somewhere, I think, but this is new to me. I'll go look at it later.

    When the rod and "fixed angle" systems started coming out a long time ago, I got excited because I thought they'd be uncomplicated and goof-proof. So far I haven't seen one that actually is, but maybe I've missed something.

    I admit to not having a lot of patience and to liking things completely idiot-proof if I'm going to change from something I'm already using. Honing "by eye" on my old stones has always seemed sufficiently good to prevent me from taking any leaps, except that I did invest in a Chef's Choice electric sharpener a while back and that has been a good move.

    I don't own any expensive knives (although I lust after a few) that I'd question running through it, and it's a huge time-saver. I always wonder if the Workspace doo-hickey has anything on it for knives. I suppose it is more versatile for different types of blades (and edges?).

    I'd be interested to know what people think of different sharpening systems.

    Great topic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swamp Fox View Post
    So there are separate systems/jigs for broadheads and knives? Same concept, though?

    I've heard of KME somewhere, I think, but this is new to me. I'll go look at it later.

    When the rod and "fixed angle" systems started coming out a long time ago, I got excited because I thought they'd be uncomplicated and goof-proof. So far I haven't seen one that actually is, but maybe I've missed something.

    I admit to not having a lot of patience and to liking things completely idiot-proof if I'm going to change from something I'm already using. Honing "by eye" on my old stones has always seemed sufficiently good to prevent me from taking any leaps, except that I did invest in a Chef's Choice electric sharpener a while back and that has been a good move.

    I don't own any expensive knives (although I lust after a few) that I'd question running through it, and it's a huge time-saver. I always wonder if the Workspace doo-hickey has anything on it for knives. I suppose it is more versatile for different types of blades (and edges?).

    I'd be interested to know what people think of different sharpening systems.

    Great topic.
    I think you meant broadheads. You can use the belts freehand. You will always have to take off the bleeder blades. I haven't messed with my Worksharp system enough to give it the thumbs up yet.

    The KME knife sharpener is similar in design to the Lansky and other type systems except you aren't relegated to a specific angle. You can choose your angle.


    If you like idiot proof sharpening on broadheads, this is it. Same angle, everytime. No chance to mess it up.
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    Sorry, I was writing too loosely. I meant that I wondered if the Workspace unit had "a leg up on it" (the Chef's Choice) for knives. Thanks for the explanation.

    One thing about the Chef's Choice that I sometimes think twice about is that it puts a very specific type of edge on a knife that I don't think you can duplicate with a stone. If I'm wrong, somebody correct me.

    Anyhoo, this means I can't (or--more accurately--don't want to) sharpen things while in the field or camping, etc. because then I'm going back and forth between edges and it defeats the time-saving purpose of the CC, and I imagine over many years it's no good for the blade.

    I don't think this would be a problem with the Workspace, but that's just a guess.

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    This is the Worksharp Ken Onion model. It can do a lot of things but it works using flexible belts. I always pucker a bit when a knife is subjected to an electric grinder using stones. I've heard that it can produce a lot of heat which isn't good for blades.

    I'm certainly not an expert so take it for what it's worth. Anywho, If you want something that you can take with you on a hunt or home without the need for electricity and can produce a consistent repeatable edge that is safe for your broadhead steel, I recommend the KME.

    We can open up the knife sharpener can of worms in another thread.
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    Oh, so you're trying to shut down my hijack, huh?

    I've heard the same thing about electric sharpeners, starting when I was a kid. I don't hear it so much anymore. I wonder if sharpener technology and common knife metals changing over time have shifted the equation.

    I can tell a story about an electric can-opener with a blade sharpener that I took to a favorite jackknife when I was 8---with disasterous results---but then that really WOULD be a hijack...LOL

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    No, I'm glad there is interest in anything I post.
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