Don’t eyeball your edge bevels, use this sweet Swix file guide.
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- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This was my first ski sharpening tool and Ive been pretty happy with it. Watched a couple youtube videos on it and I was doing it like a pro. The overall edge is great for what it is, but I wouldn?t say it?s a substitute for a good yearly professional tuneup. If you are always looking for a sharp edge, be it racing or just bombing down the mountain this is a great addition to your ski bag.
Get a razer sharp edge
This guide works really well for me.
MAKE SURE YOU KEEP THE METAL ROLLLERS CLEAN. Dirty rollers causes a dirty base.
With this guide you don't need to push down on your edge at all. Just pull it across your edge with some pressure to keep it flush to the edge and it does the rest.
The best way to get a razor sharp edge without taking off tons if material and putting tons of force of your file is by alternating back and forth between a wet diamond stone and a clean file.
1) Put a wet diamond stone in your guide and run it back and forth about 5 times (or until it runs smoothly)
2) Switch to a clean file and do 5 pulls. Do not push your file down on your edge, just let it glide on top. (after about 5 pulls your file will stop sharpening the edge and you'll want to push down on it to sharpen more. Don't!)
3) wet your diamond stone again and repeat step 1. You will feel the edge become smooth. (remember, don't push down. Just glide)
4) clean your file with a bronze bristle brush and repeat step 2
5) wet diamond stone and repeat step 1. Finished!
If your edges were well kept before, by now your edges should feel like a katana blade.
If your edges were super dull, just keep alternating back and forth between wet stone and clean file until your edge is razer sharp. Also, if your file always slips down the edge, google search "removing sidewall".
This works the best because your file will sharpen a smooth edge the best. After about 5 pulls of a file, your edge is no longer smooth. Hope this helps someone having trouble getting a sharp edge!
works really well and its fairly simple to use. the only down fall is if your board has anti-camber like mine. it edges different at the curves for some reason. same way with my base edging tool
Throw in anything you need into it and start getting shit done! Works with any size, any brand, I for example us a Toko world cup file that I have in moth 200mm, and a more travel friendly 80mm. Pop that one out and throw in a diamond stone (swix 70mm) and get all the burrs out. Really easy to swap files out. When mine came it was a little different than in the picture. The hold on the top is the entire length of the guide, seems to be better and makes it hold much more secure, so it is different than depicted in a better way.
what "1 degree or 2 degree" means when i...
what "1 degree or 2 degree" means when i was trying to select options ? which one's 88 degree for my snowboard ?
2 degree is 88.... 1 is 89.
Good for kids
I bought this for my kids to use, they are 11 and 14. It really makes it easy for them to do thier own edges, with little supervision. It is nice to add something to our tuning gear to give them some independence.
do you need a stone of some sort or a file...
do you need a stone of some sort or a file or does that already have it ?
Stone or file not included. You can slap either into the tool though, depending on your intentions.
thanks, and can it be any type or just swix and can it be any size
Any size, any brand!!
Great tool, easy and simple to use to tune your own skis at home. make sure to check online for suggested degrees for skis to be tuned at. Typically a 1 or 2 degree side bevel is more then adaquate. If you are using this for getting a razor sharp edge on your ski, however, the file usually angles up and you really have to hold it down there with your palm. However its great if your just throwing an edge on your ski.
Accurate if used with care
This edge guide is meant to bevel the side edge of the ski only. Not the base. It does a really good job, and is really accurate i.e. if you get the 2 degree, it will sharpen 2 degrees, if you get the 3 it will sharpen 3 degree, etc. It makes tuning your skis at home super easy. The only drawback is that it can sometimes slip off the base while tuning your skis. This usually doesn't affect the bevel, but it is a pain. Overall though, this is a great tool to add to your tuning kit.
is this file avilable in different degrees...
is this file avilable in different degrees other then 88?any recommentation?is this superior to other files/manufactors?
Swix is top of the line. Use the pull down menu at the top-right to see different degree options.