Bill, from Zipperbows, new owner of the Grizzly broadheads is working hard to improve the different models, he wants to share with us the process.
Getting Grizzly broadheads back into the light has been, and continues to be a challenge. Although I do have some experience with steel, most of my production experience is with building the Zipper line of custom bows. Grizzly has been a real learning experience. Every turn has been an opportunity to learn something new. As everyone knows some lessons have a bitter taste, and there have been a few of those, but for the most part it has gone well.
Grizzly had quite a following, so the support from its fans has been great. Grizzly broadheads have always been known as a tough no nonsense broadhead. They are made specifically for busting heavy bone and deep penetration. The design is very solid. However, there were a few short comings in the manufacturing process.
For one the farrell alignment could be a challenge. Shawn Schoonover (the former owner) had already taken care of that issue. He did this by changing the dies so that the head was now made of two equal halves. This made it much easier to keep the farrell aligned during welding.
The second issue that came up the most was inconsistent hardness, which was an easy issue to deal with. We now have all the heads in a particular batch heat treated at once. Heat treating in larger batches makes it much easier to control the consistency. The whole batch is either right or they are all redone all at once.
The third issue was the big one, the grind! Everyone who has ever bought an earlier pack of Grizzly broadheads knows how hard they were to sharpen. However, I must say Shawn had improved the grind greatly, but there was still a lot more room for improvement. It was obvious that the equipment we had to grind these heads was not up to the challenge.
Knowing what a challenge it would be I called Ron Swartz of KME sharpeners. To say that Ron has put a lot of work into correcting the grind on the Grizzly broadhead would be like saying Noah had a water issue to deal with. It has been a huge challenge but like always Ron and the boys at KME have come through with shinning colors. They have taken a broadhead that was know to be a problem to sharpen and turned it into a broadhead that can now be shaving sharp in less than a couple of minutes. This is no small feat. One of the things that makes the Grizzly so great is its hardness. They are heat treated to 52-54 rockwell. This hardness is also what makes them so difficult to put the initial grind on. Getting the proper 25 degree bevel on a 200 grain Grizzly Kodiak requires removing 45 grains of VERY hard steel. Doing that without getting the steel hot and ruining the temper requires a very well designed machine and a lot of patience, and Ron has been up to the challenge.
“The KME broadhead sharpenner”
We still have an uphill battle to get all weights and sizes of Grizzly broadheads back to the market and keep the supply in front of the demand. I hope to have that done by the end of summer. We currently have a few thousand broadheads that we are packaging. These heads include 200 grain Grizzly Kodiak’s 160 grain Grizzly’s and a small test run of 170 grain Grizzly Kodiak’s. The Grizzly Kodiak is 3 1/8″ long x 1 3/16″ wide and the Grizzly is 2 3/4″ long x 1 1/8″ wide.
We have a steady feed of all weights of our broadheads that will continually be ready for grinding. In the next few months the days of waiting on Grizzly broadheads to be available will be over.
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