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Offline JC

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Simmons "Washer Sharpener"
« on: July 27, 2006, 08:11:00 PM »
On the Simmons Sharks thread there was some interest on how to use their "washer" or "wheelie" sharpener. This is roughly a $7 tool that honestly, does as good of a job as anything I've ever used. I have one of these at all times, plus an extra....in case I run into someone who is sharpening challenged. I figure for $7, it's worth one less wounded animal huh?

The biggest problem with this sharpener is trying to use it "flat". In my experience, you must use a much more acute angle than most people feel necessary. If you do, again in my experience, you can easily get a razor sharp edge in only a few strokes.

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New broadhead, fresh out da package, at least STOS and Simmons, take 4-5 medium pressure strokes. You can feel the carbide washers cut, but you don't want them to "gouge"...that's too much pressure. 2-3 lighter strokes, test the edge. Be careful, you'll be shocked at how easy it is to get a wicked edge. If its "sliding", you don't have the angle right or not quite enough pressure. You should feel a slight drag.

For simmons, you'll need to do the back end slightly different to get it as sharp as it needs to be.

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Ask away if you've got em fellers. This is a really cheap tool that does an excellent job....even for someone who is a good sharpener.  :thumbsup:
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Re: Simmons "Washer Sharpener"
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2006, 08:20:00 PM »
Explained that a lot better than I could bud! My experience parallels yours.

On a new broadhead, there's not much use in getting carried away. It works THAT well!

Thanks Joe.  :thumbsup:
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Re: Simmons "Washer Sharpener"
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2006, 08:21:00 PM »
Joe, have you tried other broadheads like Ace or Zwickys. Or does that sharpener angled just for Simmons?
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Re: Simmons "Washer Sharpener"
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2006, 08:30:00 PM »
Thanks Charlie. You're right, it's so easy on a new broadhead it's not even funny!

Allen, I've not used it on Ace, but have on Zwickeys, Pearson Deadheads, Phantoms, 2 different Simmons, STOS, Stingers, and 20 different knives, all with better than great results.
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Re: Simmons "Washer Sharpener"
« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2006, 09:21:00 PM »
Where can we read more about said sharpener or find them for sale? Any links? Thanks, Rich

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Re: Simmons "Washer Sharpener"
« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2006, 09:31:00 PM »
PM sent Rich.
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Re: Simmons "Washer Sharpener"
« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2006, 10:01:00 PM »
Can you send me a little info on this sharpener?  I am sharpening challenged.

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Re: Simmons "Washer Sharpener"
« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2006, 10:09:00 PM »
I am VERY sharpening challenged. Where can I buy one of those things???
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Re: Simmons "Washer Sharpener"
« Reply #8 on: July 27, 2006, 11:17:00 PM »
Cool thread! I'll get one. Getting new BH's sharp is a usually a lot of work.Thanks!
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Re: Simmons "Washer Sharpener"
« Reply #9 on: July 27, 2006, 11:33:00 PM »
JC,

Put me on the list as well.  I saw Bob Walker use one of these down during the sweat hunt and it seemed like the perfect way to sharpen the Simmmons heads.

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Re: Simmons "Washer Sharpener"
« Reply #10 on: July 28, 2006, 12:44:00 AM »
JC, I'd like some info also if you wouldn't mind.

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Re: Simmons "Washer Sharpener"
« Reply #11 on: July 28, 2006, 07:47:00 AM »
Guys, since Simmons isn't a sponsor I won't post a direct link. But, if you search for simmons sharks you'll get the website.
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Re: Simmons "Washer Sharpener"
« Reply #12 on: July 28, 2006, 09:49:00 AM »
Is this better than an Accu-Sharp?
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Re: Simmons "Washer Sharpener"
« Reply #13 on: July 28, 2006, 09:52:00 AM »
John, I certainly wouldn't say "better" just another option.
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Re: Simmons "Washer Sharpener"
« Reply #14 on: July 28, 2006, 09:55:00 AM »
Cool! Thanks JC! CK

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Re: Simmons "Washer Sharpener"
« Reply #15 on: July 28, 2006, 10:14:00 AM »
When I had my Simmon's sharpener (it went out the window with the rest of my gear in Ft.Worth) I found that I could put my thumb against the edge of one cutter and steady it until I got the blade right where I wanted to start.
That seemed to keep things uniform and even.

I also found that I had a tendency to put side pressure on the broadhead resulting in more metal coming off one side of the edge than the other.

Once I cured that "habit" my edges got sharper, quicker.

The tool ain't fool proof... but it's close.   :thumbsup:
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Re: Simmons "Washer Sharpener"
« Reply #16 on: July 28, 2006, 10:15:00 AM »
I should add that this sharpener is the absolute bomb for sharpening Howard Hill heads.
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Re: Simmons "Washer Sharpener"
« Reply #17 on: July 28, 2006, 11:59:00 AM »
...ordered mine yesterday before the flood  :readit:    :D
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Re: Simmons "Washer Sharpener"
« Reply #18 on: July 28, 2006, 12:03:00 PM »
My buddy carries one of these in his truck and sharpens his knife with it.  He swears by it, but his wheels are getting awfully wobbly.  On the sharpener, and in his noggin come to think of it.
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Re: Simmons "Washer Sharpener"
« Reply #19 on: July 28, 2006, 12:18:00 PM »
Lennie, the washers are on the unit loose....but when you pull a blade through them they stop at the perfect angle. When I first saw it I said, no way that thing will work with those wobbly washers....then I went looking for a bandaid after my first few tests   "[tunglaff]"  

I hope you guys are all happy with em, I feel sorta responsible after all this talk. They ain't perfect, but dang, for $7, it's almost one of those "too good to be true" situations.
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