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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!