Originally Posted by L&AirC
Actually, isn't it 0/0?
You want ALL the edges at a 90* so they will work in either direction. I know everyone jokes about this but having a sharp scraper makes life so much easier and setting the scrapers edges exact means that each time you use the tool, it will perform the same way.
Originally Posted by zentune
Yes, it does make it far easier. I usually sharpen mine before every scrape-at a 90*. Saves a lot of effort and is more effective...
The reason why people are joking is who is scraping at such a precise angle? You're not using a jig when you're doing the actual scraping, and nobody is Bender Bending Rodriguez where you can hold the scraper at exactly 45* or 47* or maybe 46* or whatever. So as long as it's reasonably at 90*, consistent along it's full length, sharp, and cleared of wax,good to go.
As far as getting stuff from concave or funky portions of the ski, I happen to use old hotel keycards/creditcards to floppily clear away most of the excess wax in hard to get spots.
It doesn't matter so much, as I brush to even everything out.
For OP's question. Not too much rocket science to it. If you have an old scraper follow the tips to sharpen or clean the tool it will revive it and be good to go. As far as buying a new scraper, I'd say just pick up whatever is reasonably cheap at a ski/sports store. Don't buy it online if you have to pay for shipping.
For cleaning, the wax I use will melt in less than boiling temp (not the same as recommended melting point for your iron). So I just pour boiling water over it and other tools, and swirl the tool around in the hot water. If there happens to be some residue, it can just be wiped off with a paper towel. This won't work if you happen to like to use cold waxes.