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Any reason I shouldn't use a nicholson file to sharpen skis?

post #1 of 10
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The file that came with my guide is dull, so instead of spending $40 on a file that's labeled for skis, I'm thinking to just use the new nicholson files I have in the toolbox? They are just as flat as far as I can tell, the tpi is about the same, and I'll follow up with a diamond stone to smooth things out.

Any reason I shouldn't?
post #2 of 10

Nope, none that i can think of, i've been using them for years. I like the 10" double cut http://www.homedepot.com/s/10%27%27%2520file?NCNI-5

post #3 of 10
They're generally slightly softer than ski files, but will still do the job.
post #4 of 10
That's the file I have been using for over 10 years. Remember when using the file to clean up the base edge, use very little or no pressure on it, just pull it down to knock off the high burrs so they don't scratch the iron.

Don't know if you've seen this yet, but this might help you flatten your bases before you tune the edges.


http://www.epicski.com/t/127087/using-ski-visions-base-flatteners
post #5 of 10
You're gonna die. And then ruin your skis.
post #6 of 10
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You're gonna die. And then ruin your skis.

 

 

needed proper context added?

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You're gonna die. And then ruin your skis.

That's fine, as long as it's 70 years later. biggrin.gif
post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by jzmtl View Post

The file that came with my guide is dull, so instead of spending $40 on a file that's labeled for skis, I'm thinking to just use the new nicholson files I have in the toolbox? They are just as flat as far as I can tell, the tpi is about the same, and I'll follow up with a diamond stone to smooth things out.

Any reason I shouldn't?

You really want to use the finest file possible for base beveling. it is extremely easy to over bevel the base edge and once over 1 degree, the skis are pretty much worthless and need to be stone-ground to get the base edge back to -0-

 

I like a 20 TPC file 

 

For Base Bevel you should use the finest file you can get. 

 

I use a Swix Chromed 20 TPC. Too easy to over bevel otherwise and anything over a 1 degree base bevel is useless and needs to be stone-ground to bring back to 0 

 

100MM $9.95   http://www.123mountain.com/velcro-handle-for-fibertex-swix-56?vfsku=T0104X120B&gpla=pla&gclid=COyJub_oiL4CFRWRfgodSIcAFg

post #9 of 10

Sorry to be so late the discussion here, but I'll throw out a thought that has not come up yet. Nicholson files are cheap, general-purpose hardware-store files. Like other cheap files, they'll do fine for a pair of skis or two, but they will not last very long. Dull files do a poor job--and they take a long time even to do that. 

 

Good ski-specific files are not fundamentally different from other files of the same specification (that is, size, tooth count, tooth angle, and such)--they're just higher quality. Much harder steel, or even carbide in very expensive files. But like any tool, if you will use it much, it's worth it to get the best tool you can afford. It will be easier and more pleasurable to work with. It will last longer. And it will do a better job. In the long run, good files actually cost less, because you'll get far more mileage out of them.

 

Take good care of your files. Don't let them contact each other in your tool box. Keep them clean and dry. They are meant to cut in one direction only--never file in the wrong direction, lest you quickly destroy the teeth on even the best of files.

 

Sharpen 'em up--the season is nearly upon us!

 

Best regards,

Bob

post #10 of 10

Been there; done that.  Now I use Vallorbe.

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