Side and base edge bevel multi tool that includes a file. This one tool is all you need to sharpen and bevel your edges.
- Dial a precise angle from 0 degree to 5 degrees in 0.5 degree increments.
- It is recommended that you set the edge bevels with the file and then replace the file with 70-mm diamond stones to maintain the sharpness; if you always use the metal file, you will wear away the edge. The blue DMT or Red/Yellow Moonflex is a good choice, add the whole set if you are a racer.
- Bonus Benefit for this tool: If you don't know what base and side angles your ski/board are set to, this tool can help you find them. Before you start mark the metal edge with a sharpie, start the tool at the lowest angle and see if it removes the marking on your edge. Raise the angle step-wise and repeat until it removes the mark. That is your angle! Record the base/side angles for future reference.
- Detailed edge tuning instructions are located under Tuning Tips in the top menu.
- There are two ways to determine the cutting direction for the metal file in the tool: (a) you can run the back of your fingernail across the file. Your fingernail will run smoothly one way and the other way (the cutting direction) will produce small shavings from your fingernail on the file; or, (b) look closely at the file with a magnifying glass. You will see that the file teeth point in only one direction. You pull the file in the direction that will cause the most friction against the ski edge (the cutting direction).
Which edge tool? A multitool (side & base in one tool) or dedicated tools (one tool for each angle)?
- Multitools are more convenient and simple to use. They provide precise results even for the novice. This is a great choice for the beginners and is a tool that will do everything a casual skier/boarder will need to do for a lifetime, and is a great choice for a family with skiers/boarders of different ages and sizes. A disadvantage is they can only use certain size stones (diamonds are not a problem, but a ceramic or Arkansas stone will not fit.
- Fixed angle bevel guides are devices that tend to be dedicated to one angle (though there are some models with shims that are more flexible). It's advantage is that it can use any stone of any size. You have a greater feel for the cutting process with dedicated tools.
The amount of base edge bevel will affect the ability of the ski/board to pivot on the snow. The more base edge bevel, the easier it will be to pivot or slide from side to side. Once you set the base edge angle, you can't go back to the original because of the base material. If the skis hook up on turns, increase the bevel by a quarter or half degree.
Side edge beveling will give the skis more grip on the snow surface. Higher angles should be reserved for experienced racers; if the angle is too high the ski can "rail out" on a less experienced racer. Typical angles are 1.0 to 3.0 degrees. Less angle equals less grip. Slalom angles can be 3.0 to 5.0 degrees; downhill up to 3.0 degrees. A racer should start at 3 degrees. Keep in mind:
- Higher angles are quicker to dull.
- An aggressive edge (high angle), may be more difficult for lighter racers (young kids or women) may make it more difficult to recover from being up on the edge.
First a big thanks to Marc and Racewax for the great service. The SKS Multi Edge Tool is ideal for ski base and side edge maintenance. Tool is easy and quick to use. Great for a quick parking lot tune or an at home general tuning. Make sure to mainly use a diamond stone for most of your tuning needs as the file is mainly to set edges or address a badly dinged edge. Wax daily and get out and ride!
I have had one of these for 15-20 years still going strong. Sometimes simple is better. I keep my edges at 90 degrees, and this makes it really easy to clean up nicks and junk that would drive racers nuts but us rec skiers just want the edges cleaned up a bit. You can really draw on this thing and pull some steel off if you want.
One caution, when touching up the base side burrs (with its base angle like a degree) don't forget and start stoning the edge without changing the angle. It's an easy (sloppy) error to make, don't ask how I know...
Bought a 2nd one so that I could save time by having the 600 stone in one and the coarser one in the other. No need to change back & forth.