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A discovery that others probably know about, but I thought I'd mention it.

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

Yes, I know edges should be wax free when sharpening but...  We were having issues with the sharpener files becoming clogged.  I initially tried boiling but that did little or nothing to remove wax buildup on the file.  Instead, I held the files (with pliers) over a burner (gas stove) and scraped with a wire brush.  This got the job done.  

 

Oh, I should mention that the files get removed from the sharpener frame first.  And don't grab those hot files with bare fingers.

 

In the future this will be done regularly and with a much better wire brush (this time all I had at hand was one of those brass toothbrush things).  I'll use the wire brush I use for cleaning the files I use to sharpen my wood chopping and splitting tools.

post #2 of 11
What's a sharpener frame? A bevel guide?
post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 


Yes, bevel guide is the proper name.  Didn't come to mind.  It's the thing that holds the file in place ;)

post #4 of 11

Sharpen first, wax last... or just Do NOT Touch The Base Bevel Between Grinds* leave the base edge alone and tune the side edge. Problem solved.

 

 

*if you "sharpen/ de-burr" the base edge you are ADDING base bevel. This is generally 'Bad'. Do not do it, unless you want more base bevel, then go right ahead. Loose feeling skis can be fun.

post #5 of 11

Honestly, it is much safer and easier if you use the proper tool for cleaning a file. It is called a File Card. You can buy one at any reputable hardware or Amazon. Less than $5.00. Heating it up can affect the temper (hardness) of the file and shorten the life of the tool.

 

Karl

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Honestly, it is much safer and easier if you use the proper tool for cleaning a file. It is called a File Card. You can buy one at any reputable hardware or Amazon. Less than $5.00. Heating it up can affect the temper (hardness) of the file and shorten the life of the tool.

 

Karl


I'll go for that, but the brass "tooth brushes" do work quite well.  File cards are great too.  Hey, that's what they are for!

post #7 of 11
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File card.... didn't know such a thing existed.  Now I need one.

post #8 of 11
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Heating it up can affect the temper (hardness) of the file and shorten the life of the tool.

 

 

This ^

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File card.... didn't know such a thing existed.  Now I need one.

 

10th grade metal shop. Oh, I forgot. They don't offer that class anymore.

 

Karl

post #10 of 11
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10th grade was roughly four decades ago and while it was probably offered it certainly wasn't required since I didn't take it and graduated anyway.  

post #11 of 11
I have a file card. But, since I don't use a file on skis full of wax, the paintbrush is sufficient.
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