Fine tune your ski and snowboard edges with the Swix Edger 2x2.
The Swix Edger 2x2 is a pocket-sized hero. Use the Swix Edger to sharpen the base and side edges of your skis or snowboard when you're on the mountain. It allows you to file your side edge to 87 and 88 degrees, and the base edge to 0.5 and 1 degree.
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Good simple edge tool
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
It takes a little practice to get it down but once you get it down it's a great little tool. Gets the job done when you want to start tuning your own gear.
Adequate for the job
That's basically it. It tunes. It's nothing spectacular, but it works for the mini shop set up in my dorm room. It certainly suffices when I have my friends come over with their hands full of gear that need tuning. Swix doesn't make awful products. This will get the job done.
Does the job once you figure it out
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
...but that may take some time. Q&P is easier - and might make you a better skier. Maybe.
Fast and easy
Great for a quick tune. Long live the Q&P.
Semi-helpful demo of the pocket edger
great on the go tool
great on the gp tool tp keep ski/snowboard edges clean and sharp
- Gender: Female
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share
I gave this to my boyfriend so he can fine tune our skis. He thinks it is great.
Just used this edger for the first time and it worked superbly. My edges are wicked sharp now.
Just go my 2x2 Swix Edger - no instructions?
I have my Swix 2x2 edger, but the instructions are very poor. Not sure which degree is up or down if I want a 2 degree edge? Do I have the 88 up or down?
The picture on back is very poor and the only example given, which doesn't show if the file direction arrow is the same direction I file or the opposite?
Is there any better instruction?
Where can you get replacement files for...
Where can you get replacement files for this?
My best bet would be the swix website or a local ski/snowboard shop.
Let's just say I want a 2 degree side edge...
Let's just say I want a 2 degree side edge - I want the 88 degree setting for that. Do I have the '88' embossed on the tool facing ME or facing towards the SKI BASE? - in the case of the latter, I would be looking at the '89' in order to get the 88 setting on my edge. Kind of important, and apparently everyone knows the correct way to do this except me. The tool works great, but I need to know what angle I'm getting. Not good to turn 1's into 2's and vice-versa.
I don't have this problem with the base edge settings - just stick the file in the correct hole, and everything else is impossible to screw up. For race skis, I keep the sides at 3 degrees, and it's a shame they don't sell a 3/4 degree 2x2 tool with the same base edge angles, but this is still really useful to have around, and anything I have uses .5 or 1 for the base edge....
thanks for the help!
While I don't own this specific tool, I personally have a lot of experience with these types of tools and will impart some knowledge. First to answer your question, you are correct; you would insert the file into the side you want, 88/89; or 1 or 2 degrees of bevel you would place the file on the 88 side which would also be the side placed toward the ski/snowboard; thus you would be looking at the 89 for an 88 degree side edge. Always make sure you try to stick to the factory bevels, otherwise this file alone isn't sufficient to properly cut a new angle and will result in poor edge tuning. There is some science behind edge angles and basically its to tune the amount of grip or bite and slip that the edges provide/allow in different conditions. The base edge bevel makes a ski more forgiving and the edges less sticky. The side edge bevels only purpose is to change the sharpness of the edge. Race techs will impart new angles multiple times a day, using many different files, stones, tools, etc., in addition to changing the bevel along the entire contact edge, to adjust for conditions. Don't forget that the file in this tool probably only cuts one way, thus the direction pointer on top of the tool shows which cutting direction to place the file in the tool and drag it for filing. Also always tune from tip to tail and never rub file back and forth, always a one way motion, pick up and restart...
The answer below has it spot on. You could also check out
for some videos or
for some written instructions.
Swix Edger 2x2
I really like this edge tool because you can use it on both side edge, and base edge. it's a little tricky figuring out which directing to mount the file, but for the most part it's pretty easy to use.
A MUST HAVE for boarders that keep their boards for more than one season and don't have the money to pay $10 each time they want sharp edges. With different options of angles to sharpen your edge, this sharpener is just as important as having gloves on the slopes.
Base and side edge capability.
Plain and simple you need less tools in the long run to take care of your equipment.
How do u use this tool?
How do u use this tool?
Put your ski on a vice so the edge is facing up. If you do not have a vice then hold the ski strongly with your other hand so the edge is facing the ceiling (the side of the your ski - the base should not be pointing to the ceiling). Hold the tool in your right hand and stroke the edge hard enough that a needle size metal particles come out of the tool. It will take you a few times to get a hang of it, but once you see the needle particles come out you are doing it right. Also, try drawing on the edge with a Sharpie Permanent marker so you can see the progress you have made on the edge.
Awesome Small Edger
This is the best small handheld edger around. Blows the Dakine one out of the water. It is nice being able to do base edge bevels. Used it today, and after the diamond stone, my edges looked brand new.
I have the Swix edger 2x2. Once my base...
I have the Swix edger 2x2. Once my base and edge bevels are set, what should I use to keep the edge sharp? I saw that Swix offers the "carving kit 1" that includes square inserts that look like diamond stones with the edger 2x2. I assume they fit into the edger 2x2. However, I can't seem to find them sold separately. I've been using the less abrasive side of the Swix dual-sided pocket stone to fine-tune/sharpen my edges before waxing, but it's difficult to control the angle. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
The stone is meant to be used before sharpening the edges to remove burrs in the edges. Nothing will keep your edges sharp other than avoiding ice and rocks. You just need to tune them periodically, which is what this tool is for. The diamond stone inserts are just regular diamond stones which fine tune and smooth the remaining tiny burrs the pocket stone leaves behind. So the order you use them is; pocket stone, diamond stone, then the edger.
Are the degree options for both edge &...
Are the degree options for both edge & base just a personal preference, or is there a preferred angle for icy/granular (New England) skiing?
It's always a personal preference, but for icy you need a more acute edge angle to hold onto whatever you can. For an acute edge, I like my edge at a 3 degree bevel, and my base at a 1 degree bevel.
3 side and .5 base will have you hooking up on that Killington boilerplate just great, but they won't stay sharp all that long. Less acute angles don't get dull as quickly - 2 side and 1 base is probably fine - keep your edges free of burrs and give them a light once over with this tool or a similar tool with a diamond stone every couple of times out. Use a nice stiff ski that's good in that stuff - an all-mountain or "beer league" GS race ski with a 17-20m radius. You want something tighter turning than 22m (older) or 27m (newer) GS skis, that way they'll still be decent on the steep bump runs. You'll never get any edge hold with fat skis - leave those at home unless it just snowed and wasn't windy afterward, which is about twice a year anywhere in NE... Ice is fast and a blast with the right planks.