Originally Posted by cantunamunch
Originally Posted by oldschoolskier
HOWEVER, in another tuning thread there is reference to an ultra thick scrapper.
Yeh, the thickness and flex of a scraper doesn't really relate to how sharp a cutting burr you can put on it.
OTOH pansar files are great for other projects - like trimming up plastic outlet boxes and outlet covers when installing LED lights to pick a random example
The thickness was to prevent/reduce flexing and concaving the base. And from what I remember it was a high quality scraper.
@sam clarkson, the hook is also used on ski scrapers not only to add the edge but more importantly it also work hardens the edge giving you a longer edge life. I suspect some of your issues are not in understanding how various materials are sharpened and maintained. Some of these skills fall under old school secrets that are some times forgotten as most people no longer become masters in the old sense of the meaning. I have a full metal and wood shop and make whatever I need for tooling.
A lot of the advise given here is from very experienced tuners (a lot better than I and Atomicman being one of them), they are giving you the best answers.