I dropped some cash late last year on a really nice Artech tuning table and all the trimmings. As it was towards the end of the season, I focused on waxing technique, and, ultimately became reasonably proficient at it. But the idea of laying cutting tools on my lovelies was a bit daunting. Read and watched vids until my eyes bled. And yesterday, went for it.
Unfortunately, I had to use active quiver skis to work on because my "rock"skis do not have the 1/3 bevels of my active quiver skis and the guides I bought.
The last few days of the season were rough on bases and edges. Rails and case hardened spots prompted me to immediately violate the mantra that you do not touch the base edge. But I did - hitting it with a series of Moonflex stones from 100 then 200 and 400 and 600 to address the gouges. All in a 1* base guide. It was a bit awkward using these smallish stones in a base guide, but I made my way through it, hopefully without changing the base angle. And with the hope that a Moonflex stone, even at 100, would not have the cutting power to do that.
I then turned my attention to the side edges and went through the same progression with a 3* guide. That was an easier process. I then used an Arkansas stone at right angle to the edges to knock off any burrs, though I did not really feel any.
When all was said and done, the edges were certainly shiny and mostly smooth, though there were still some areas with a bit of railing and nibbles.
Thing is that I just can not seem to gauge how sharp the edges are. I can get finger nail trimmings from them. But I have a pair of Praxis Concepts fresh out of the wrapper, and those edges "feel" significantly sharper. Not that it is a fair fight between a professional machine and my tuning baby steps. But it is a measure for comparison.
So how can you determine, other than skiing on them how truly sharp the edges are? Finger nail? Other?
I chose to use the diamond stones assuming that beginning with 100 grit, I could avoid more serious cutting with files, that would be dangerous in my unskilled hands at this point of the learning curve. Make sense? Or should I have gone that route if the 100 stone did not fully eliminate the railing and nibbles on the base edge. I do have a "fine" file but nothing beefier.
Also, I do not have a sidewall trimmer yet - on order. As I hit the edges, I wondered if that was impacting how much cutting I was actually doing. But when I wiped down the edges after a series of staggered passes, there was metal residue on the paper.
When do you decide to use files to begin the process, for reasons other than changing the edge angle?
Appreciate any observations and suggestions.