Why ‘Stropping’ Is Key to Scary-Sharp Broadheads

Sharpening fixed-blade broadheads is a skill you can master. The final step in the process is called “stropping.”

Why ‘Stropping’ Is Key to Scary-Sharp Broadheads

I recently wrote about my desire to learn more about sharpening fixed-blade broadheads. The online expert I’m watching most is Jason Samkowiak, host of the Traditional Bowhunting and Wilderness Podcast and YouTube channel. (Click here to watch Jason’s in-depth video where he explains the process of creating a sharp edge on a broadhead, knife or axe. This process is the same regardless of sharpening method.)

As I said in my previous article, my goal in this project is by late summer 2020 to be educated enough to re-sharpen several fixed-blade broadheads I have laying on my work bench, and do it the right way. These have killed whitetails, but all I’ve done since recovering the heads is washed them with hot water and soap, and dried them. I’m 99% sure they can be brought back into like-new condition. And according to my bowhunting buddy who’s further along in this broadhead sharpening skill-set journey, he assures me I can make them sharper than new-from-the-package models.

In the 9-minute video below, Jason shows the different methods of stropping, and why it’s important if you want scary-sharp knives and broadheads. While many bowhunters use leather for stropping, he explains that cardboard works well, too, and regardless of whether he uses leather or cardboard, he always finishes the job by using his blue jeans! You have to see it to believe it. The proof is when he demonstrates a knife’s ability to shave arm hair pre- and post-stropping with jeans. Amazing!

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