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Sharpening Page 5 of 5

Your Grizzly should have just made a quantum leap in the sharpness department! You will use this process from here on out. Repeat until you have achieved the sharpness you are looking for. You will normally use about double the front strokes than you will back strokes, but you will learn to vary it as needed. The sharper the head gets, the less strokes you will use. For example: 2 fronts to 1 back would be a normal “final” or “touch up” on a previously sharpened Grizzly. If for some reason you find yourself with a broadhead that seems to be getting dull instead of sharp, usually it simply means you got behind on or didn’t use enough pressure on your back strokes. Using 4 - 6 back strokes and then reverting to the original method normally will bring it right back.

THAT’S IT, YOU’RE DONE!

A FEW NOTES:

The Redi-Edge was your starter tool, you will use it for first sharpening of a Grizzly but you will also find it a great knife sharpener. You can use it on other heads such as VPA or the Wolverine if you choose to, but most double bevel heads will not need the Redi-Edge you can go straight to the Smith’s (Zwickey’s would be a notable exception).

Many, many methods do exist that will work including this one. If you followed this closely you should have achieved your goal or found yourself very close. Don’t hesitate to spend some time playing with variables (amount of pressure, number of strokes etc.) to find what works best for you.

If you can only afford or find one of these tools, the Smith’s is the most desirable. You can actually accomplish a total sharpening of a new Grizzly with the Smith’s if you are willing to spend the time and effort. The Redi-Edge is just much easier and saves you time as well when creating the second bevel.

Using the “front to back, back to front” method with the Smith’s also works on just about any broadhead, although you are going to use much less pressure when using it on a replaceable blade type of broadhead such as a Thunderhead.

This method creates the sharp edge slightly offset to the left. If you pull your finger towards you across the blade with the tip pointed to the right you can feel the edge. If you were to push across the edge it would feel dull. That is normal for this method. What is important is that a sharp edge is on the blade somewhere and indeed it will cut, I’ve got the animals in the freezer and had the blood on the ground to prove it!

Have fun! While I initially was very intimidated by sharpening, as I have grown comfortable with it I have found it part of the enjoyable preparation for the hunt.

Good hunting to all!

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