It took about 15 minutes to cut that little devil:))
The real problem is that i live in Romania and here although eBay is a highly used tool, almost none of the us shops deliver here, i don't know why.
Another source for equipment is Italy, but the problem is that italian eBayists don't speak english and don't answer the messages i send, and i don't want to risk making a payment and waiting months for delivery.
But luckily i got a real deal with my boots from a shop in italy, 180 USD for a pair of 150 Dobies, new, 2012 model, so there are positive exceptions.
So in the end i know a metal guide is better, but I simply find it difficult to buy it online because the delivery price is outrageous )
And probably ski coaches from our mountain side have equipment but I find them very arrogant and rude.
Same problem comes regarding the boot fitting, i didn't trust coaches that pretend to be good bootfitters, and I didn't risk buying non DIN standard boots that needed planning out with soles mounted...for sure such an "expert" would have ruined a good pair of lifted boots, so i chose to buy a standard sole pair out of the box.
I'm a passionate skier in a country where i can't have access to people that could teach me more stuff, so i'm trying to learn from the online environment outside of the slopes
Good luck to you and whenever you have questions , don't hesitate , we are here to help . You have some basic tools now and it's enough to keep your edges healthy. Thumbs up to jdleuck for his generous offerings. BTW which resort do you ski most often? I've been to Bansko Bulgaria before(not far from you) and had a good time there.