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Old 11-05-2018, 11:54 AM   #1
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I've found that the newer Zwickey quaility has gone down. The angle on the edges are not true.

I've put them on a KME sharpener then used a belt sander to true them up.

After a crock stick will put a shaving edge on them easily.

I can also repair a head that has been shot and damaged.

BTW I've found that Magnus heads come from the factory with a much better edge.
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Old 11-05-2018, 02:29 PM   #2
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I have never shot Zwickey's. Always found them hard to sharpen. I agree with you that Magnus heads come from the factory with a much better edge. Sharp but not quite sharp enough for my liking. A few very light strokes with a Rada sharpener will do wonders for a Magnus.
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Old 11-05-2018, 02:33 PM   #3
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This is what I use on my Zwickeys. Puts a very sharp edge on.
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Old 11-05-2018, 02:46 PM   #4
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This is what I use on my Zwickeys. Puts a very sharp edge on.
Yep I have a Rada sharpener. Itís a great tool.

My last 2 doz Zwickeyís edges are terrible. The Rada did not work.
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Old 11-05-2018, 03:52 PM   #5
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Are the zwickeys harder steel than the Magnuses?
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Old 11-05-2018, 04:00 PM   #6
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Are the zwickeys harder steel than the Magnuses?
I do not know. However my problem is that the edges on the Zwickeys were terrible. Not a hardness issue.

Iíve been bow hunting for 43 yrs and have killed lots of game with Zwickeys, Magnus, Wenselís, Razorcaps etc. Iíve sharoened a few heads.

The tip I gave works great for heads that have been shot and the edge rolled, chipped etc. Itís just another trick to get a sharp head fast.

This was not a thread to bash Zwickeys although I am disappointed in my last batch.
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Old 11-05-2018, 07:35 PM   #7
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Zwickeys arenít ready to hunt out of the box for sure. They havenít been that way in my lifetime. Maybe before I donít know.
They are still my favorites. I have no doubt that there are heads that are made better out of the box. But Iíve never seen a ďbetterĒ head once a zwickey is tuned and sharpened.

I sharpen them out of the box by first mounting to an arrow or shaft and spin test straight. Then I use a file to shave the bevel into an even clean edge. Typically the tip has a corner 3/4 up the way that base to be filed off.
After that I either use a good butchers steel or a lansky sharpening system to knock off the burr. Then I strop them until they are super sharp. The lansky and the steel both will get them shaving sharp, but the stropping gets it perfect.



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Old 11-05-2018, 07:36 PM   #8
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I bet that sander does make quick work of the initial edge work though!!


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Old 11-05-2018, 07:40 PM   #9
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There is a good u tube on how to use a Rada. I was not doing it correctly when I first got it.
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Old 11-05-2018, 09:22 PM   #10
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There is a good u tube on how to use a Rada. I was not doing it correctly when I first got it.
Thanks

I am going to watch it and see what I am doing wrong
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Old 11-05-2018, 09:53 PM   #11
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I use the RADA on my Simmons heads, pull across at a 45 degree angle and works great


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Old 11-06-2018, 12:24 AM   #12
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Zwickys are supposed to be 52 Rockwell which isn't all that hard but it does seem harder than Magnus and Stos to me. I used Magnus for about 3 years and the Stos for about 3 years and am now back to my Zwicky Delta's, 4 blades. I have used them more than any thing else and have some with my name and address scratched into the paint and haven't lived there since 1970. They remain my favorites.
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Old 11-06-2018, 09:41 AM   #13
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My new little KME jig also removes a lot less metal off of the tip where the three layers are sandwiched together.

It also stops me from removing the metal from the ferrel when trying to hold the file at an angle.

It’s also very quick
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Old 11-06-2018, 06:30 PM   #14
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Yep I have a Rada sharpener. Itís a great tool.

My last 2 doz Zwickeyís edges are terrible. The Rada did not work.
This. Exactly.

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Old 11-06-2018, 09:09 PM   #15
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Thank you for the tip. I have a 1" belt sander and I absolutely cant br these BH's sharp. Might just mean I suk, but I try.
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Old 11-12-2018, 09:11 PM   #16
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still think for the money they( zwickey) are best choice for whitetail, i use file and accusharp, file for bleeders. prefer file for all of it with 2 blades but the 4 do not allow good file clearance. lots of good heads as discussed above but all getting pricey.
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Old 11-14-2018, 09:00 PM   #17
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I might be mistaken here but I think it was Swamprabbit that showed me how to sharpen them. Take a file and sharpen one side of each edge (like a single bevel I'm guessing) until the edge rolls over and then take that edge off with the file. It's a little more complicated than that but you get the idea.

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