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kadbow
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VPA 3 blade for me.

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J. Cook
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Great points made by most here - shoot the one you can get the sharpest! I also agree that "shaving sharp" isn't the best gauge for how it will perform when shot into an animal. It's my experience that a double bevel edge that will shave is often so thin that it will roll easily.

Having said that, I have shot the VPA's (and still do) and I've shot the Bear heads. Both will perform very well, but I believe the VPA's to be much more durable and I happen to be able to sharpen 3-blades much easier than 2-blades.

I do have plenty of my set ups with multiple types of broadheads in them as I don't agree with the above statement that they all fly and tune differently. It's my experience that if your arrow is well tuned, and your broadhead of choice is aligned (i.e. spins true), and are all the same weight, then you'll not be able to see an appreciable difference in flight or point of impact from one brand to the next. If you do - it points to a tuning issue of likely being on the very edge of spine or nock point. Our bows are between 150 and 185fps which isn't enough speed to have any trouble tuning even the largest of blades.

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Terry Green
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Contrary to what others have found I have found that three blades out penetrate SOME two blades... best do your own testing ....

however that being said I would not shoot a dull Broadhead... I'm not sure what you consider a sharp and I really can't figure out why you can't get a vpa sharp it's the easiest Broadhead in the world to sharpen as a 3 blade.


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Mike Bolin
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I agree with Terry on this. I have had pass thrus on deer, caribou, black bear and a hog shooting 3 blades from bows in the 47#-55# range at my 28" draw. Right now I prefer the VPA heads. Seems some folks do have issues with sharpening the VPAs or the Woodsmans, Snuffers etc. but for me, once I learned to use light pressure, they are easier to sharpen than a 2 blade head. That being said, use the ones that you can get the sharpest!
By the way, there are some good tutorials on 3 blade sharpening both on this site and youtube.

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KAZ
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3 Blade VPA
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I have no experience with the VPA's. I have plenty with both the Bear and the Magnus. Great heads. Shoot the one that fly's the best for you.
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Still time to learn how to sharpen the VPA. Just saying. Don forget that your angle of approach when attempting to shave with a 3 blade is different than a 2 blade.
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Turkhunter
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Just to clear up a few things, first, I can get the VPA broadheads pretty sharp, as in will stick on a fingernail or easily pop a rubber band with very little effort. I just cant get them to shave hair like I can the 2 blades but make no mistake they are sharp. Also, the only deer I have taken to date is with the VPA and it did a good job. As for having different broadheads in my quiver, some of my arrows are equipped with 100gr brass inserts and 125gr 2blade heads while others are standard inserts with 200gr VPA. all my arrows weigh within 20gr of each other and all shoot to the same point of impact and are tuned very well. Im just wondering if there is an advantage to a slightly sharper 2 blade over a 3 blade. Or is it a moot point and just go with what feels right at the moment.

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Turkhunter
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Make that the only deer I have taken to date with traditional bow equipment. I have taken many deer with other archery equipment over the years.

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kenneth butler
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If it is not sharp it don't count. You last post might change my mind but it is a subjective call. If it worked for you before, your opinion of sharp may be good enough. Good luck. >>>----> Ken
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Shoot what you have the most confidence in getting the job done. Lack of confidence with your gear can affect you in the field.

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Terry Green
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I believe the Edge that will roll easiest is the single bevel... I may be mistaken but I believe that's the one that doesn't have support because one side has no build-up it's a fall off

I want to make one thing clear you can make a shaving sharp edge that is very durable people have been doing it for 50 years.....

And yes you can make one that will shave it is too thin that will shave that will roll....

but do not mistake the fact that you can make a durable Edge that will shave hair very decisively

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Schmidty3
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i'm with PDK25.

I was playing with some of my bro's vpas this weekend. He had them kinda sharp. Not good enough for my taste. But I have never been good at sharpening 3 blades...So I took them and laid them flat on 800 and 2000 grit sandpaper and stroked them backwards across them. Made them nice and shiny. But they wouldn't shave very well.

I then realized that I was angling them up and trying to shave like when shaving with a two blade. Well that angle was about 60 degrees. That was my error. I laid the head almost flat on my arm. It then Easily shaved.

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Sharpest, for sure. Get a few more and leave the others at home.

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VPA 3 Blade
From base to tip

1. Light file
2. Coarse Diamond rod
3. Medium Diamond rod
4. Fine Diamond rod
5. Quality Butchers steel
6. Leather Strop

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