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haha - I should of been more specific when I asked that question.  my bad.  It should of been - name at least four abrasives used in ski tuning machines, for the purpose of  edge sharpening ?  I'll save you from the googling Jacques - zircon,ceramic,TriZact, and diamond.  just don't tell anyone that (proprietary info).

 

and I apoligize, but if you want to continue your hate toward machine tuning - then I will continue to defend...:duel: 


It's all good!  No bad!

post #32 of 33
Tuning success!! My Geishas are fully tuned with consistent one degree bases and two degree side bevels, and they're now going through a few hot scrapes! It turns out that my Ski Man base beveler has a distinct wobble with or without a file inserted, and the wobble changes a file or stone's angle enough to feel like the edge needs re-filing. I picked the side of the wobble that puts the edge in contact with the whole width of the file/stone, and while carefully keeping the wobble steady I straightened out the Geishas' base bevel and added a more mirror-like shine all around with the Arkansas stone. Now all my edges are all shiny and sharp, and it feels like all is well with the world. biggrin.gif

I bought the Ski Man beveler because I used it at REI's waxing and tuning workshop, so I brought mine down to compare it against one of theirs, which was indeed wobble-free. The trouble seems to be the bevel adjustment piece, which unlike the aluminum body of the tool is cheap white metal that is probably bent or warped. I really knew better than to buy an adjustable tool, even one made by Wintersteiger, but my experience in the REI workshop caused a momentary lapse in judgment. Fortunately the site I bought it from will take it back, and I'll get a fixed angle beveler with the proceeds. I've learned my lesson!!

ETA: BTW, the problem wasn't that the angle adjustment piece wasn't holding the angle; the piece's two feet, which rest against the base, aren't square with the body of the tool, like a table with one short leg. Bad QA!
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We live, we learn.  What else is there?  Victory!

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