Complete Edge Care Kit - Everything you need to professionally sharpen ski and snowboard edges.
Side and base edge bevel multi tool (does all angles) and includes a metal file with three DMT diamond stones and a deburring gummi stone.
- 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. Does every angle imaginable!
- Metal file included!
- One Gumi or Gummi Stone, may be red or gray, for prepping an edge, deburring as the final step in edge sharpening, or detuning.
- Three diamond stones included: Use the black for cutting, the blue to maintain the sharpness and the red to fine sharpen and polish.
- 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.
- 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).
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.
This is a fairly straight forward tool to use for keeping your edges sharp post skiing. It was extremelly easy to use and Marc was very responsive to my questions on getting started for the first time. It's totally worth the incremental cost over the Swix pocket edger which happens to be more limited in function.
Perhaps not a tool for professionals but for most of us this does nicely. Like the other reviewer says, the dial is a bit hard to turn, so I have to knock of 1 star for that. I also want to say that Racewax in general was a pleasure doing business with. They shipped my order right out, and I don't think you can beat their prices.
Ski angle tool angle dial not easy to turn