Sharpening and Honing the TuffHead with the KME Sharpening System

Another great article from Jim Brandenburg. on making the already great TuffHead "Perfect." Thanks Jim!

Honing The Tuffhead.

The Tuffhead comes very sharp. This is how I hone mine to a polished edge using the KME broadhead sharpener and wet or dry sandpaper.

1. I clamp the 300 gr Tuffhead in the clamp and color the edge with a marker.

 2. I'm working the bevel on a 300 mesh DMT diamond hone, just to refine the bevel to match the KME. I keep my thumb tucked in so that it can't contact the blade. I use a fairly vigorous, back and forth motion.

It is contacting the hone well. If you need more edge contact, move the clamp more toward the tip of the blade, vice versa for less.

Just about there. It took at most, a minute to completely remove the blue.

3. Now on to the honing. I use a variety of wet or dry sandpaper grits, 400, 600, 800, 1000, 1500, 2000 and then crocus cloth. I wedge the ends of the papers between the DMT hone and holder. Notice my left hand holds the end of the paper taut. You don't need the hone. You can use the sandpaper laid over plate glass, steel plate, ceramic tile or even held in a clipboard over a hard surface.


That may seem like a lot of grits but it only takes several back and forth strokes and on to the next. They last quite awhile too. You can skip some of the grits or stop at whatever level you want. I zipped through all the grits listed, in about a minute,all back and forth strokes. The crocus cloth is usually my last step and I'm basically stropping on that.

After drawing across the crocus cloth or whatever my finest grit is, I flip the KME over. I'm not rotating the clamp but turning the entire jig over, with the roller up and draw the rear of the bevel edge to strop off the burr. It is OK if the back of the jig rubs the crocus cloth. That's not how it was designed but it helps me keep a consistent angle for just a few strokes, to strop that burr.

The Tuffhead already has a very refined bevel and nice grind. The KME broadhead sharpener helps me take it a step farther to that high polished edge.

Once that edge has been honed on the KME, resharpening or touch ups go even faster. The KME insures a very consistent and repeatable angle.

ed.- Note the Mirror finish that Jim has achieved. Thanks again Jim for the article!
A bit about Jim...
I was born in 1949 in a small town in western Maryland and lived in Maryland and nearby West Virginia for the first 41 years of my life.I started bowhunting in Maryland at age 16.

I had started doing taxidermy in the early '70's and opened a full time shop in 1986.In 1990 I accepted a job offer to work for a large taxidermy shop in Reno,NV and in 1994 moved to Whitehall, Montana to work as foreman of a shop here.

I work for myself these days,doing custom taxidermy with an emphasis big cats,bears and other predators.Part of my time is also spent doing sub-contract sculpting for a large taxidermy supply company.

I'm still bowhunting and still learning about that and the equipment we use.These are exciting times for a bowhunter.

Jim B.

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