Alexandre BugnonMemberJuly 26, 2010 at 1:09 amPost count: 681
I’ve decided to give it one more try at sharpening grizzly broadheads! I settled on 3 different files and the Alaska Bowhunting Co. single bevel sharpener, and wouldn’t you know it, I was able to shave a few hair of my forearm… not scary sharp yet, but we are getting somewhere finally.
problems: 1.keeping the file angled properly ( i don’t know if I’ll ever be able to conquer this one!)
2.I’m unable to file away from broadhead towards the tip, being LH and filing a Left bevel
Any suggestions?… or encouragement?
For Wapiti’s sake??:D
2FeathersJuly 26, 2010 at 1:50 amPost count: 8
I was having the same trouble trying to sharpen grizzly heads with a file! then I just broke down and bought the grizzly stik sharpening system from the alaska bowhunting co. now I can get all my two blade heads and single bevel heads hair pop ing sharp in minutes instead of hours! Warning though, wear proper saftey equiptment when using this system, and it takes a tad bit of pratice to get the angle right,but when you do, watch out!! I think this is cheating or something,but I don’t worrie about my heads being sharp enough anymore!!
David PetersenMemberJuly 26, 2010 at 3:33 pmPost count: 2749
Alex — Welcome back from Montreaux. It’s always good to see your pretty face here. 😛
Seriously, don’t you own a KME knife sharpener? What I did is to put a small mill-cut file in a vice and hit it with a hammer to break it off to the right length to fit into the KME stone holder. That way you can control the exact filing angle. Be sure to put a thin coat of chalk on the file before each use, as it enhances the cut and preserves the file.
Barring that, assuming your broadheads are at the bevel angle you want, paint the edges with a felt pen before you start filing to that you can easily see if you’re getting off-angle.
I too am left-handed (though I shoot right-handed) and sharpen left-bevel Grizzlies and other single-bevels, with no problem. My problem is much bigger this year — I can’t find the half-dozen new 200-grain left-bevel El Grandes I bought and sharpened last winter! I may have to start all over. 😡
After a long summer drought it’s been raining here every evening for nearly two weeks now. The acorns will likely survive, making bears and turkeys happy. The grass is turning green again, making elk happy. The aspen jungle is thicker than ever, making me happy. Broadheads will get sharpened. Elk will die clean and fast. And here, we don’t shoot the piano player 😀 dave
PatrickMemberJuly 26, 2010 at 8:46 pmPost count: 1148
I switced to left wing/bevel partly because it’s easier for me to sharpen left bevel broadheads, as I’m right-handed. I’m not good at it. I’m just worse with right-bevels. 😳
David Petersen wrote: And here, we don’t shoot the piano player 😀 dave
…provided, he brings a piano. 😆
billoydAugust 7, 2010 at 11:33 pmPost count: 2
Fletcher wrote: Alex, someting that might help is to clamp the file to the bench and move the broadhead along the file. This should allow you to keep the angle consistent and the pressure even.
I have the Lil Shaver sharpner that is similar to a Gatco or Lansky but comes with a file instead of a diamond hone. I clamp it down then get after it with the file (wear gloves!) to set the edge using the upper hole in the Lil Shaver. Once I get it sharp I’ll go from coarse thru fine of the Gatco hones using the lil shaver clamp.
To finish it up I use the Alaska Bowhunter supply double bevel sharpner but hold the BH at the tightest angle I can. For some reason, this works much better for me than the single bevel sharpner of theirs.
This gets these bad boys S-C-A-R-Y sharp and I don’t have to worry if I’m holding a file at the proper edge.
I just got back from S. Africa and used these for Belsbok, Waterbuck, Black Wildebeast and gemsbok and they worked great. Once you get these sharp like this, there is now way to justify spending the high dollars on some of these other broadheads.
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