I have always had a problem getting these heads as sharp as I would like. I usually lose my patience and switch back to Magnus I heads.I can get them sharp lickity split. I have a few questions about the tutorial.
1. First I have never used a grinder to sharpen heads. Are you using a medium grit stone wheel or is that a cardboard wheel?
2. What kind of wax are you putting on the wheel? Plain old candle wax, bee's wax or what?
3. I assume when you are using the guide you are stroking away from your body. Maybe it don't matter but I was always taught to do it that way.
4. Lastly do you just rest the guide right on the hone? Doesn't wear the guide and the hone down?
Thanks for the turtorial for us less sharpening talented folks.
Posts: 426 | From: Sherwood Arkansas | Registered: Mar 2003
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Joe, I am using a standard medium grit wheel for grinding the relief.
The wax I am using is actually called a conditioning grease that came with a cardboard wheel set I purchased. I don't know exactly what it's made up of, but it has properties similar to paraffin wax. As long as it will melt to keep the blade from building heat, I think any wax would work.
I make strokes going away for one side of the blade and toward for the other. One thing I forgot to mention is when grinding a burr, I usually go in a circular motion. When removing the burr, I just make smooth strokes. It really doesn't matter how you do it, but this is just the way I do it.
Yes, the guide rides directly on the hone. Before I started regrinding the factory bevel with the grinder, I would wear out a guide each season. But if you will grind your relief with the grinder, I wouldn't be surprised if a guide lasts 10 years or more.
As a side note, the Simmons heads you used to get when Jerry owned the company had a better angle ground on them right out of the package. They didn't look quite as polished and neat as the ones produced now, but boy would they sharpen up quick.
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The benefits of a big broadhead are most evident when things go wrong. - CTS Posts: 741 | From: Vidalia, GA | Registered: Oct 2006
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