Professional racers use the Toko World Cup Chrome File to craft perfect edges, and so can you.
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Does its job
It's a darn good ski file! It does the trick in saving your edges without putting in too much effort. I've had some pretty nasty edges on my skis for a while now, and this was a lifesaver. I definitely trust Toko and their durability, and I would hands down recommend this file to anyone looking to get their home-ski-tune on!
Chrome your dome.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Chrome files are the best files for ski tuning. They will cut through small burs and hardened spots on your ski edge much better than an ordinary steel file.
I don't like using the roller guide contraptions that many companies have come up with in place of a bare file. I don't mind the shims for the base. Some people bend their files for doing the base edge. Don't.. If anything wrap a piece of paper on one end of your file, building it up to get your desired angle and just pull it straight down the ski.
For doing the side edges I use a black marker and color the entire side edge metal. It gives me a color difference to look at when I angle the file slightly and I can see how much material I need to take off to get the correct angle.
*Don't use a file on your skis every time you want to sharpen your edges. That is what diamond files and wet stones are for. You just need to get any burs off and get them polished again. The file is mainly for getting the correct angles on your edges.* If your skis edges are hosed then let a shop belt the base and edges, then use your file to get the desired angles again, do periodic edge maintenance but not with a file.
With a correctly polished ski edge you should be able to grab the ski and pull your hand down the entire length and not get cut or get any burs or shavings into your hand.
Your basic file
This file is pretty much what it is, a file. Nothing special here, just a well-made, straight-edge file. The tooth size is pretty mellow, but it's definitely a step up from your gummy stone for a quick tune.
Not a file from your local hardware store
Thinking of getting your tuning file from the hardware store? Don't do it. Standard bastard cut files from your local hadware store are not flat. Use those and who knows what your bevel will really be. These files are are the only way to go for setting your edge geometry.