Whenever I’m in JHole with Rando Steve chugging down GU Chomps and Cucumber Mint Nuun chasers, he asks me how I sharpen my Whippets. Here’s how…
Starting with a fresh set (yessssss!), I give them what is called a “technical pick grind” which is what pre-lobotomy ice climbers use. The idea is to put a serious bevel on all of the bottom teeth EXCEPT THE FIRST ONE. This helps it hook. I also round off the first two teeth (from viewers left) to keep them from tearing up gloves.
A view from the bottom. Now Whippet. Whippet good.
If you like your $150 leather gloves, it is a good idea to round off the upper and lower edges of the canard wing as much as possible.
How sharp a front point? As sharp as you can stand. My personal philosophy is that if I’m going to get disemboweled, (which hasn’t happened yet), I’d rather have it done with a scalpel than a blunt machete. Your disembowelment may vary. On a more practical note, a super sharp point is easier to ram into ice.
Discard the tip protectors that come with the new Whippets, ski fast and take chances.
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