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Wax removal already stinks, so get it over with faster thanks to a sharp scraper.
- Item #SWI0399
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I have kind of thrown my tuning kit together over the years collecting all manner of random stuff. I usually just sand my scrapers, but I decided to cave and buy one. It does the job fine, but honestly I feel like it's kind of frivolous.
Does its job
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
If you know how to use a scraper sharpener, this does the job fine. Not as picky as the toko version, but requires a good hand in ski prep.
I don't quite get it
I read somewhere that a good wax scraper not only has a nicely squared (sharp) edge, but it's also textured for a better scrape. I run my old scraper along this sharpener and my edge gets a smooth, 90 angle. I lose the textured edge. It does sharpen but it doesn't have that textured edge anymore. Also, I don't think it does anything that a bastard file or some sand paper and a vice couldn't have done...So why did I spend 20 bucks on it?
Also, you need big screws to secure it. It does have appropriately sized nests for them. That is a plus.
good addition to my tuning bench
I do a lot of ski tuning in my basement. Between my multiple pairs of skis, my girlfriend's skis and board, and several friends I'm usually scraping skis at least twice a week. This little tool has been wonderful. I dislike the thin metal scrapers as they can be too flexible and mess up the ski base. I stick with the plastic ones, but they do lose there edge pretty quickly. A couple passes across this tool and they are good to go.
My only complaint is the gap where the screws go through. Its enough that you need to be careful to apply proper pressure to the scraper or the front/back edge may drop while pushing down and pulling across and you don't get a straight edge when you're finished.